03 March 2013 ~ 11 Comments

Danger Is Part Of The Package (Welcome To South America)

One of the questions that comes across my mind often is “Is _____ dangerous?” By “_____”, I’m thinking of a number of places in South America I haven’t been to yet. Specifically, these days I am thinking about Venezuela, a country which I have been curious about for some time, and which sits just across […]

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17 February 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Viva Colombia And To Hell With Ecuadorian Bus Rides

I really have come to dislike Latin America bus rides. It’s part of the most important thing I learned in 2012, and is based on the collected experiences I’ve had as a traveler in South America, especially in a number of experiences in Ecuador. Let me try to tell you about the experience at the […]

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20 January 2013 ~ 18 Comments

Why I’m Beginning To Re-Think South America For Nomadic Entrepreneurs

I’ve traveled a bit through South America the past two years, but am re-considering it in light of a few general realizations. 1. Internet is too slow / unreliable for serious internet entrepreneurs. The last time I was in the USA, I went to a co-working space where the internet was 6.0 Mbps download / […]

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30 April 2012 ~ 3 Comments

How Long Does It Take To Decide If You Would Live In A Place?

Along the lines of what I’ve written recently, I want to think about an open question: How long does it take for you to decide whether you could see yourself living in a city? I see this as a central question for myself through 2012 and beyond. As I’ve said before, I am looking for […]

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06 March 2012 ~ 6 Comments

Why Internet Entrepreneurs Aren’t Setting Up In Quito

Last fall I fell upon the capital city of Ecuador. Quito is a rather large city nestled rather high (altitude 2800 meters) in the Andes mountains. If you look at most of the airline flights in and out of Ecuador, there seem to be really only two cities: Guayaquil and Quito. The Quito area boasts […]

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23 January 2012 ~ 24 Comments

The 10 Very Likely Ways You’ll Get Jipped In Ecuador

I just traveled through the country of Ecuador. In many ways, I was happy to be in a Latin American country, practicing my Spanish, and seeing new sites. At a certain point, though, I began to get tired of all the bullshit. You may have heard some of it via facebook and twitter, but eventually […]

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12 January 2012 ~ 7 Comments

10 Reasons You Should Go Abroad This Year

In 2011, I made the leap and spent an extended time abroad, mostly in Colombia and a little bit in Ecuador. Here are 10 reasons you should go abroad this year: 1. You will love it. What is better than having the best time of your life? Some people may view going abroad as a […]

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04 December 2011 ~ 6 Comments

How To Jump Off A Bridge And Not Kill Your Offspring In The Process

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know I have been in Ecuador recently. And if you follow me on twitter or facebook, you probably heard that I jumped off a bridge recently… Well, let me tell you a little bit about this adventure. First off, this bridge is not your […]

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26 November 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Cuenca Ecuador For Upstart Travelers

As I mentioned in my post about my costs of living in Ecuador, I spent 6 weeks this fall living in a town called Cuenca. If you haven’t heard of Cuenca, you obviously have not been reading US international retirements magazines, because the city is a hotspot for older US expats and retirees. It is […]

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17 November 2011 ~ 10 Comments

Breakdown of My Monthly Costs Of Living In Cuenca Ecuador

So, I spent 6 weeks living in one of the principal cities of Ecuador, Cuenca. Cuenca is located in southern Ecuador, a little bit towards the east. It is an old city with a rich history and a lot of old architecture. It’s no surprise it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the impressive Calderon […]

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