(See 1-5 here)...
6. No need for a car. Public transportation is very good, so you don't need a car! The bus system is very reliable and there are taxis everywhere. The cities and towns are also very walkable. As a New Yorker, I looove that part so much. :)
Many of the buses in Ecuador are all tricked out with colors and music...and fancy lights come on at night. :)
One little downside: the style of driving in Ecuador is very different from the U.S. This picture was taken in a moment of relief after one particular 4 hour bus ride. We were glad we made it alive on those mountain roads. :)
8. No GMOs. And the food is local! Get this - the country has banned GMOs!! Love it. And they're all about local food and produce. It's kind of nice to know the fruits and vegetables don't arrive in a freezer via a semi from across the world. Here, you actually see people trekking in produce on their backs - straight from their farms! Organic produce is also readily available (and cheap.)
Luckily there are many grains and flours I can eat in Ecuador such as quinoa flour, bean flours, yucca flour, corn flour, rice flour, and one I had never considered...banana flour!!
10. USD, 120V, EST. They actually use the U.S. dollar there! The electricity is also the same as the U.S. and the time zone is the same as New York. None of these are a huge deal, but just very, very nice conveniences.
Do you think we'd be crazy to move? Or does it sound exciting? I know this is a very strange question-one that we ask ourselves a lot- but what would you do with your life if you didn't have kids?