Cuenca Perspectives by Jim

  • 10
Cuenca Perspectives by Jim
With my sons making their own lives, it was time for their "old man" to spread his wings and fly again as well. Cuenca is now my home, and I couldn't be happier.
Website Social:

Latest Blog Posts »

  • TRAVELING TO BEIRUT, LEBANON (TYRE, SIDON, MAGHDOUCHE) Part I 3 days ago I spent the month of May traveling first for two weeks to Beirut, Lebanon and then for two weeks visiting Paris. It was my first visit to both cities. My time in Lebanon was fascinating, and I very much look forward to sharing it with you.There are many archaeological excavations in or near...
  • U.S. BABY BOOMER GENTRIFICATION WREAKS HAVOC ON CITY (CUENCA) IN SOCIALIST ECUADOR 2 weeks ago http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/06/08/u-s-baby-boomers-gentrifying-socialist-ecuador-threatening-stability-of-its-welfare-state/U.S. Baby Boomer Gentrification Wreaks Havoc on City in Socialist Ecuadorby FRANCES MARTEL8 Jun 20171,020The small city of Cuenca, Ecuador is struggling...
  • AJI ROCOTO TRANSFORMS INTO LA CILINDRADA 4 months ago Last year I posted a post on Aji Rocoto, a gourmet Peruvian restaurant, which opened in Cuenca in 2015.  Due to the economic slow-down, and the closing of the airport for a couple of months in 2016; the tourist trade was hit hard, and so were many restaurants. Aji Rocoto became one of those...
  • LONDON AND AMSTERDAM IN PHOTOS--SUMMER 2016 9 months ago Oh joy!  I may actually get this album posted. From the middle of July until the middle of August, I spent three weeks in London, and one week in Amsterdam.  Here are the photos with some narrative writing.  This is the third and final post related to my...
  • LONDON 10 months ago I arrived in London after a short shuttle flight from the Amsterdam Airport to the London Heathrow Airport.  Flying into London took me over the English countryside.  I was amazed at all the open land.  Much of it being used for agrarian purposes. England, not the United Kingdom, but England,...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: Ecuador Gold Award!

This blog won the Gold Award for best expat blog in Ecuador!

Copy and paste code to display the Gold Award Badge:

Website Reviews » There are 10 reviews on Cuenca Perspectives by Jim

Al Bourassa
03:08 AM November 10, 2012

Jimbo, You rock!!

Jennifer
05:17 AM November 10, 2012

Such a well written blog! Makes me feel like I'm right their in Ecuador!

JOHN
06:41 AM November 10, 2012

love this blog because there are information and a lot of stuff very useful for the people that want to visit and live in Cuenca,Ecuador . I think is wonderful for the pictures and for all the things you write and also you are a good writer . keep doing this please you are great in this .

Otilia
20:40 PM November 10, 2012

Jim, I just love your blog; I think it is rather a quite in-depth analysis of the society where you live now. I agree with your opinion that consumerism and the weakening of the family structure will prove detrimental to society. Unfortunately, they seem to go hand-in-hand and at an accelerated pace. I also like the fresh perspective you bring to your blog and, of course, I enjoy being able to "travel" to Cuenca whenever I read it. Why don't you publish it somewhere?

Priscilla
01:10 AM November 11, 2012

Would give your blog more than 5 stars if I could. You write well and very interestingly. Thank God, it's not just another one telling where you went and what you ate! I've been intrigued since I first discovered "CuencaPerspectives" more than two years ago. In fact, your blog was influential in my decision to come here last year and return this year. Your photographic skills leave me so envious. Keep on doing what you do so well!

Peggy Kolarik
01:44 AM November 11, 2012

informative and actual with a touch of humor to make it interesting.

Tim
21:32 PM November 12, 2012

Well written, informative and great perspectives about life around Cuenca. I fully agree with your comments. It is like being impart of the movie 'Back To The Future'. Not too long ago, I was standing in a modern appliance store next to a 2012 Samsung Washer and Dryer with all of the bells and whistles. As I looked out the window towards the river I watched people washing their clothes in the river. I thought about how that was not a 50 year difference, but probably one hundred year difference. You still see people delivering milk in milk cans - sixty years or more and farmers plowing with wooden plows not steel plows - a one hundred and fifty year difference. On the opposite hand, everyone has a cell phone, even the people washing their clothes in the river and more people are getting internet every day. In just one year, the top internet speeds have more than doubled. I could write a books on the diversities found in every day life. The sad part about living in the movie 'Back To The Future' is that you know what is happening to the family unit and the attitudes of the youth. You know things like the bad effects of GMO foods and these are things that they have not experienced or have any knowledge of - things that will begin to change and hurt their culture. This gives me heaviness of heart. On the other hand, many things of the future will be positive changes and that will be good for this culture. As for gringos moving to Cuenca and not learning the language or even trying, that is another sad event. It is like being Helen Keller - you can see things going on, but you cannot hear anything being said. You do not have the ability to experience a full life in your new country. The really sad thing that I have experienced is when I have seen gringos yelling at the Ecuadorians because they did not understand English. Sorry gringos, but Ecuador is a Spanish speaking country and you need to learn the language - not get mad at them for not understanding English.

Ron Mola
18:13 PM November 14, 2012

Well written and informative. Gives the reader an inside view of life in South America and insights for anyone who may be thinking of moving there.

Graham
04:00 AM November 28, 2013

Having recently found this site, and with a trip planned to Cuenca in the future, am in the process of catching up on previous entries. Jim Mola, having lived in Cuenca for nearly three years, speaks with authority on numerous subjects - including the nuts and bolts one needs to understand prior to any planned relocation - either be a short visit, or maybe, longer. It is apparent, Jim does his homework - for not only are his enteries consistently well written, many reads as a good essay, providing far more depth and insight to a subject than one would expect to find. Initial readers of these type of blogs will remain dedicated readers as long as the information is relative to them - and we, as a group, have an array of different interests. To that point, and to learn many additional things pertinent to Cuenca, suggest a new reader review his blog archives, to include the "label" section, where previous subject material can easily be found, being listed in ABC order.

Lynn
21:59 PM January 06, 2014

I so enjoyed your insightful writing. Do you know if there is a forum where singles can share information? Specifically, I'm seriously considering Cuenca in late 2014. I have started researching & quickly discovered budgets appear to be based on couples, not a single person. Also, is there a forum where one might communicate with other like minded singles about condo or home sharing? Thanks!

Leave some love for this blog:

Do you think this blog has what it takes to be listed at the top of Expats in Ecuador Blogs?
Please note: only positive or constructive comments will be published. Unnecessary, negative comments won't be published.
  • Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • RSS feed
  • Facebook

3152 Expat Blogs By Destination

Submit your blog for inclusion!

Recently Added Blogs

Blog posts just in!

  • Our Swiss experience (24 June)
  • rustikatie - my escape to France (15 June)
  • Gracefully Expat (13 June)
  • Guadeloupe Travel Blog (10 June)
  • Todd Talk in Ecuador (10 June)
  • A Broader Tale (09 June)
  • THE GREENER SPOT (01 June)
  • local-kiwi-alien (31 May)
  • Expat Ceylon (24 May)
  • Dare to Done (21 May)