To all the dear people who so kindly follow us here on this blog - I need to tell you that we did decide to go for this big move to Ecuador. We're actually just finalizing a lease with some renters who would like to rent our home for the next 11 months. So, it's really happening. Wow. The renters will be here on assignment from Singapore and they even want to take our home furnished. We are so incredibly grateful for this arrangement and can't believe it worked out so perfectly.
And, we are planning to move to Cuenca. Isn't it pretty?
We were drawn to Cuenca because of the amazing colonial architecture, the cobble stone streets, the cleanliness of the city, the variety of restaurants, the European feel there, and the cultural opportunities (symphony, ballet, art, opera). We also love that Cuenca is just 1 hour from Cajas National Park. (Lots of hiking and trout fishing will be in our future.) And one of my favorite things: there are (3) rock bed rivers that run right through the city. They're gorgeous and will be so great for my daily walks.
We can't believe this adventure is about to begin.
We are now trying to wrap up our lives here in Brooklyn. As we do so, these are the top questions we get asked...
Are you excited?
Well, yes. I can only imagine that we have amazing experiences ahead for us and that we'll learn and grow so much. There is SO much to be grateful for and there are many, many good things about this move. But, I feel a great loss to leave Brooklyn and our lives here. As any Brooklynite knows, this place goes right to your heart and soul and stays there forever. I know I would feel a loss no matter when or how I left this dear place. Also, it's strange to leave the hoped for life here with a family. For years, I've envisioned having a baby here in this home, setting up a nursery, spending time in Prospect Park, going on play dates with my dearest friends, and spending Christmas in New York with our own children. It's sad to leave all those hoped for experiences behind even though there will be many good experiences ahead.
Will you get jobs in Ecuador?
At the moment, the answer is no. Because the cost of living is so low there, our real estate income will cover our costs. We feel very, very, very grateful for that.
What will you do there?
What will you do there?
We plan to dive right in to taking Spanish classes. There are also (3) universities in Cuenca and we just might take some other classes, too - something we haven't done in years. I'd like to find a good acupuncturist and take yoga and make sure my body is cleansed and restored from all the hormone and autoimmune drugs I had to take for the IVFs. Danny says, "we'll also be doing some food explorations." :) He plans to master ceviche. We also want to continue this blog, which could keep us very busy. We hope to make it a place worth coming to. Danny might eventually teach at a university there as he loves to teach. We also hope to find a way to volunteer and serve the community. (We did visit an orphanage that we'd love to volunteer at. It was recommended by some of you readers...THANK YOU!) I'd love to have a little green space to garden. And lastly, we want to travel around South America, including more of Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.
The best part of moving?
Being able to spend time with Danny. We are the best team together and just love being together. (We've both worked from home over the last two years so we're already very used to being together a lot and know that we love it. :) Also, I can hardly explain what companionship and love and gratitude we feel for each other as we embark on this next chapter. We've been holding each other so tight and we just feel so, so grateful for each other and our dear marriage.