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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.

  • Scott Root

    Sounds a lot like real life to me :)

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