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We’ve been back in the US a year now. We left Ecuador for a number of reasons.
Ecuador can be a great place to retire if you have a fixed income or an online business that doesn’t depend on doing business under the rules and regulations of Ecuador. But if you’re actually trying to make something in Ecuador and sell it there, it’s pretty tough. Not that it’s easy anywhere…but Ecuador is extremely challenging.
While our business grew to the point where it could support a modest lifestyle, it stopped there and never really took off. And the headaches were just never ending. And the possibilities for growth were hard to find.
Whereas I just began doing freelance work here, and I’ve already got four projects under my belt in two weeks. Economic opportunity, while challenging to find, still abounds here in the US, and is much more limited, IMHO, in Ecuador. I’m glad to back and and working on new projects.
The family is having a hard time adjusting, however. We had built up a great community and friends, and the British School Quito was a great community of interesting expat families. It’s a bit more provincial here.