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I was often amazed at the amount of ignorance some people showed when we told them we were going to live in Ecuador. They would ask us questions like “Aren’t you going to get bored there?” Or “Aren’t you going to miss the the theater, the museums, the shopping?” Or “What kind of cars do they have there?” These questions were often put to us by people with a college education, which according to some is supposed to be some kind of great mark of deep knowledge or at least representative of no longer being ignorant. I’ll have none of it.
Anyway, to put to rest these people’s questions, why would we get bored here? Sure, things are not always as pretty, or well-maintained, sophisticated, fancy, or as clean as “developed” countries. And there may not be as much abundance or choice. But there are nonetheless all the regular activities for both adults and children to do you would find in any modern nation.
Ecuador has swimming pools, parks, places to ride bikes, movie theaters, live theater, bowling alleys, art galleries, museums, art classes, children’s activities, live music, bars, restaurants, and many other things to do. Ok, so they don’t have Nordstrom, or Saks Fifth Avenue, or fancy gourmet stores with products from all over the planet, or Target-but if you live without these things for a while, you will realize this is all just fluff, just extra stuff, and most of it you can live without. Your bank account sure is a lot better without all of it-I think most of it is there just to drain it. Personally, I feel we’re often better off without a lot of this stuff-that’s part of the reason I chose to come live here. There’s Toyota, and Hyundai, Mercedes and Porsche, Peugot, Fiat, Lada and some Chinese car makers you’ve never heard of in the states. Basically, you can find just about anything here, but you’re none the worse off for not having it.