Here is a continuation of “Our Favorite Things About Ecuador.”
(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. 🙂
7. Learning Spanish. I am soo excited to learn a new language. I’ve always been a bit jealous of people that can speak a second or third language. I hope I can pull it off! They actually speak slower in Ecuador compared to many Spanish speaking countries, making Ecuador one of the best places to learn Spanish (yay! I’m soo happy about this detail.) I was shocked that already I was able to make out a lot of what people were saying and I’ve only had junior high Spanish. (Of course, Danny is basically fluent. People kept complimenting him on his accent. Oh my. That man is so gifted with languages. Yes, his Portuguese is coming in handy. But also, for the last 3 years he’s been speaking monthly in many of the Mormon congregations in Brooklyn. Many of them are Spanish speaking congregations and so he always tried to speak in Spanish instead of using a translator. He thinks that has helped him the most.)
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.)
9. Short flights to the U.S. It’s only 7 hours from New York. And the prices are possibly less than $500! (Ours were $490, but we saw some others for $411. I haven’t gotten a flight to Phoenix or Salt Lake that cheap in years.) I love it that Ecuador is far enough away that it feels like a completely different cultural experience, but yet it’s still very inexpensive and easy to visit the states.
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?