My Life in Ecuador, Issue #001

December 10,2010
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Issue #001, December 10,2010

The countdown is really on now. We're down to 20-some days more. I can't wait, but at the same time there is so much to do and so much to think about. Packing and sorting and repacking and resorting. What I wouldn't give for the days of two free checked bags, 70 lbs each!

Of course this isn't the first time I've done this, but it is the first time in seven years that the trip is considered permanent with no return flight in sight. And it's a whole new deal with a kid. Packing for his growing needs is proving to be a challenge, but we're figuring it out as we go.

Of course the little guy has been to Ecuador two times before, but he does seem to realize the permanence of this trip. And the thought of being so far from family and friends isn't appealing to him right now. Thank goodness for Skype!

You can kind of see my thought process by what pages I've been working on, on the website...

My Ecuador Visa Experience We were at the Ecuadorian Consulate in Minneapolis today to finish up my visa..well finish up what we can this side of the Ecuador border. So far things have been going smoothly. Kind of worries me, but I hope it continues to go just a smoothly when we reach Ecuador. This page will be updated as things unfold in Ecuador. Click here to read my visa experience.

Bringing Your Personal Belongings to Ecuador I've received several requests for information on how to move one's belongings to Ecuador. For those moving to Ecuador with resident(10) and non-resident(12) visas you can ship a container of your household items, duty free, to Ecuador. This is great program for those moving with many personal items they would rather not part with. You can even bring a car...duty free. But the guidelines are quite specific, so this page was written to help anyone interested to be sure they meet those guidelines with the help of the local Consulate. Click here for details on how to ship your personal belongings to Ecuador.

Staying Safe While Traveling in Ecuador In all the years I've been in Ecuador, I am very grateful to never have ran into a situation I felt was unsafe. Of course, there are dangers in any place in this world. This is true of Ecuador as well. So I've put together some things to consider when traveling to Ecuador so that dangerous situations can be kept to a minimum. Click here for tips on how to stay safe while in Ecuador.

Sending Mail to Ecuador Recent changes in the laws of Ecuador has made sending packages more complicated. A tax is imposed on some packages. And if you're sending a gift or care package to someone you love in Ecuador, the last thing you want is to have them pay for their gift. Click here for more info on how to make sure your mail arrives tax free.

I'm sure being back in Ecuador again will get me writing even more. You never know what the next adventure will be!

Until next time... Jess

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