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My Life in Ecuador, Issue #033 -- Rain+Rain=Mudslides
June 29, 2015

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Issue #033, Rain+Rain=Mudslides

Even since 2015 was rung in, it's been raining here, and raining and raining. Now, rain in Tena is normal. It will rain just about every day, but we've been having day after day with just rain and clouds. I'm starting to miss the sun!

I heard someone say that we are in the El Niño weather pattern again...and this year is supposed to be very wet. Well, they were right!

Because of the rain, there was a huge mudslide between Quito and Baeza. That meant that the only way out of Tena was through Puyo and Ambato. Then on Thursday there was a mudslide between Puyo and Baños. I felt a bit trapped!

Thankfully, the Baños mudslide has been cleared. We're still waiting on the Quito end. But as long as things are coming in and out, I guess rain is ok.

Playing Tourist

At the beginning of this month, we went to Quito to meet up with some friends. After living in Ecuador this long, Quito has become the place to catch a plane or pick someone up from the airport. So it was fun to play tourist for once.

We has a LOT of fun!! I saw quite a few things in Quito for the first time and learned a lot of new things about the city.

Here are some of the places we went to and things we saw (click on any of the links below for more info on each adventure):

We took a bus tour of Quito...

Checked out the view from the Panecillo...

We toured the Presidential Palace...

And we checked out the equator at the Intiñan Museum...

And on top of all these new experiences, another one! I had real Indian food for the first time. I mean India, like the country. Might not be the experience that you would expect to have in Quito, Ecuador...but it was really good!! :)

Expat File: Meli

Soon after my last newsletter, we got a new Expat File. This is a great experience from Meli. She and her husband moved to Ecuador for what they thought would be a few months...they are now going on TWO YEARS!

Read more here!

Pros and Cons of Moving to Ecuador

There are lots of good reasons to consider moving to Ecuador. But I've found that a lot of websites don't talk enough about the downsides of living in Ecuador. Because of this, many people have moved here with unrealistic expectations.

I don't want that to happen to anyone. So I've made a list of things that can be hard to cope with, some of which have led to people leaving.

One of these things is what I've just mentioned in this newsletter: rain. It rains a lot more than many people realize. This keeps the country beautiful and green, but can also be a hardship.

Read the rest of my list of pros and cons here.

As you can see, life is always interesting here in Ecuador. Hopefully the mudslide situation gets cleared up soon! I wouldn't mind a day or two of sunshine either.

It's times like these that you are thankful for the simple things in life, like....a DRYER! :)

Until next time...

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