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These are observations, and not meant to be judgments about Ecuador’s people, country, or culture.
- Delicious, cheap ice cream abounds.
- You will always be acknowledged at any social event by numerous people, even if they don’t know you.
- People will remember you and treat you like a close friend after meeting them just once.
- No freeways.
- Much less in-your-face, agressive advertising and 24/7 media bombardment-unless you choose to have CNN on all the time.
- You leave the city, just barely, and feel like you’re in real country.
- Holidays are not overly commercialized and made into a spending celebration.
- Cheap, abundant, fresh, local food available everywhere.
- No agressive sales pitches, telemarketing, or junk mail anywhere.
- No school shootings.
- No need to follow stop-lights late at night.
- You can build whatever you want, no permit required, no questions asked, in most areas.
- It’s hard to find things to spend your money on.
- People work to live, they don’t live to work.
- Most people live in the present, and are not uptight about the future.
- You are never alone, unless by choice.
- Nothing gets thrown away; people will always find a use for, or way to repair, things North Americans would consider disposable. You would be astonished.
- Lack of selection makes choosing easier-no selection overload in supermarkets, department stores, etc.
- Fresh cut flowers are affordable, cheap even-2 dozen budget roses $1.
- You will rarely face a confrontational attitude in most disputes.
- You can go from Amazon jungle, to highlands, to coast in a matter of hours.
- World’s greatest chocolate.
I’ll go into as many of these as I can, in detail, in future posts.