Thank you, expats in Ecuador

Hello to all expats in Ecuador!

I am Luis Velásquez Pazmiño, and a couple of months ago I posted a survey about tourism in Cuenca and surroundings. Today I want to thank to all of you who took your time to reply and leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

For those who haven’t replied that survey, you can find it here: https://forms.gle/2diW25MzVuyAgA1r9

This survey is one of the first steps into a project that I have. It will take more time than I expected to start due to several issues, however, it will certainly start and I am taking into account all of your opinions.

I made a video because I want to express my thanks today to the expat community in Ecuador, but I couldn’t manage to upload it before 4 PM when the posts for Thursday close. However, you can check it out here on my YouTube channel (the name of the video is “Thanksgiving from Ecuador”):

https://youtube.com/c/LuisVel%C3%A1squezPazmi%C3%B1o

In any case, for those who prefer reading:

I’m Ecuadorian-Venezuelan, born in Venezuela to Ecuadorian parents and raised there. I have been living in Cuenca, during the last 6 years, and during the last 5 years I have worked with many people seeking to relocate in Ecuador.

As many of you who have lived here for many years already know, we are facing several issues in the country, and I kept wondering why was that when we have everything we need (I mean, good weather, natural resources, lots of food, good food) and if you look at it carefully, we shouldn’t be having the problems we currently have. This is why I started a video project, to record those aspects of Ecuador that make of it a great country, so that at the same time that I get to know about them, I can also show it to Ecuadorians who lost hope in the country, as I myself did some time ago.

My family left Ecuador about 30 years ago, because things were pretty rough here, and in the late 90s and early 00s many more people left. Now this is happening again, and I was about to join that wave too.

However, what the people with whom I have worked during the last years, people who come from abroad to settle down here, that is YOU, what you have taught me is that Ecuador is a great place, which I knew of course, but I couldn’t see it in the same way as you until I decided to do so. You showed me a lot of good reasons why to stay here is the best option, and keep showing it to me day after day.

For that, today I want to say thanks…

Thank you for showing me the good side of Ecuador from your perspective, which sometimes amongst the negative news we don’t see.

Thank you for coming here to make this place your home because you are also part of this country now and are supporting it too, helping the local economy and helping in the creation of new jobs.

Lately we are getting much bad news, such as growing insecurity, but we are also facing here global issues, like threats to the natural resources (which many experts say will be the most valuable resources that countries will fight for), and I understood that if I left, I would be facing – sooner or later – these issues, so I decided to stay here and do my bit, but I also decided this because I saw that this is a perfect place for acting. Ecuador is in the group of the 17 Megadiverse countries, but surprise, it is the smallest one in the list, so it has the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation. We are living in one of the richest countries in the world, with all types of landscapes, fauna and flora, all very close.

My plan for the future: long to explain in this post, but by the survey you may have an idea and you will certainly know soon. For today, I just want to say thank you very much and happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Thanks not only to Americans, but also to people from all over the world who decided to make Ecuador their home. Thanks,

Luis: Luisvpazmino@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

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