Cooperativa SAC now in Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC offers you financial credit and investment services.
The investments with the best rate in the market are around 11% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca.
Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets.

Santiago Velez: jvelez@coopsac.fin.ec 099 802 1984.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs donations for Christmas for our moms and kids

We are short $3450 for Christmas. Can you help us out?

Dear Friends,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve.

Every year we learn new things about the culture of our adopted country. Did you know that children in Ecuador receive only one gift for Christmas? And only if their families are able. Such a striking difference from the materialism of the US at holiday time! Our goal this year is to honor that tradition and help the women in our program provide a wonderful Christmas.

Our school supplies drive was an overwhelming success, but we must return to you, our dear friends and supporters, to ensure the children in our program have a magical Christmas.

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Recovery from alcoholism

Alcoholics Anonymous
*Daily English AA meetings in Cuenca.
*Open meetings at noon daily. “Open meetings” are open to anyone.
*Women’s meeting at 10:30 AM, Wednesdays.

*Overeaters Anonymous meeting Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
*Al-Anon meetings at 2:00 PM Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 AM

*7-68 Presidente Borrero between Mariscal Sucre and Presidente Cordova. There is usually a vendor selling nuts and candy in the entrance way. Pass the stand and go upstairs to the 2nd floor.

Contact via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AA-Cuenca-104295705583962

Daily noon-1 PM, see schedule above, free, 7-68 Presidente Borrero, Cuenca.

A friend of Bill Wilson: .

City: Cuenca

New Ecuadorian minimum wage, and changes in fees and more

Hi all,

From January 2023, the new Ecuadorian minimum wage, will be $450. It is an increase of more than was expected, but also was a promise of Guillermo Lasso campaign to become president, to increase the minimum wage to $500 in his 4 years as Ecuadorian president.

So, the minimum wage in 2024 will be $475 and in 2025 will be $500. But, for now, this increase affects the fees, taxes and more, based in the Ecuadorian Minimum Wage, from January first 2023:

The minimum income for a retirement visa, will be $1,350. The Investor Visa in a CD or property will be $45,000.

Also, traffic fees, Notary fees, and more, based on percentages of the minimum wage, or one, two or three minimum wages, will have some increase.

Any questions, please email… ulisesacostac@gmail.com

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Thanksgiving passed, but I still want to thank you all!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

One year ago, I made a survey about tourism in Cuenca that in a way helped me to start shaping my project, and later I made a video for Thanksgiving 2021 in which I thanked to the community living here.

I couldn’t post my message of Thanksgiving for 2022 on time for GringoPost, but I still want to thank you, and share with you a new video posted from the YouTube channel of my Tour Operator, which is part of this project built because of what I have learned from all of the people living in Cuenca, mainly people who came from abroad to make Cuenca their home.

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Help Jean McCord with medical expenses in Cuenca, Ecuador

Jean McCord, a well-known writer in Cuenca, Ecuador, needs help with medical expenses to cover a failed hip replacement surgery. Her left hip has dislocated three times after recent surgery, causing severe pain. She is at the IESS hospital in Cuenca but IESS does not have the necessary resources to do the surgery. The three private hospitals in Cuenca that could do the surgery have all refused to accept a transfer of Jean due to IESS’s ongoing financial problems and failure to pay its external medical providers. The cost of Jean’s surgery is estimated to be $30,000 to $40,000 which is also contributing to the private hospitals’ reluctance to accept a transfer. Jean has exhausted her funds.

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Injured or killed in a traffic accident? Govt program offers assistance

The Ecuadorian government has a program that offers economic assistance to anyone injured or killed in a traffic accident on a public road involving a motor vehicle, whether driver, passenger or pedestrian. Even bicyclists who are hit by motor vehicles upon a public road within Ecuador are covered by this program. Determination of fault in the cause of the accident is not required, and there is no limit placed on the number of compensable victims in a single traffic accident.

Funding for the program is through fees included in vehicle registration (matriculación).

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Cooperativa SAC now in Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC offers you financial credit and investment services.
The investments with the best rate in the market are around 10% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca.
Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets.

Santiago Velez: jvelez@coopsac.fin.ec 099 802 1984. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

“Gastropod” podcast on coconuts

The folks at “Gastropod” do really good work, like their especially good 2-part series on coffee from back in March. This time around the topic is coconuts and it’s really fun as well as informative.

“All around the world, people who live alongside the coconut palm refer to it as the ‘tree of life,’ thanks to its ability to provide food, oil, fresh water, and the sturdy raw materials to build homes, clothes, and even musical instruments-all from one plant. This episode, Gastropod cracks open what makes coconuts so great, including their role as everything from a Presidential lifesaver to the missing ingredient in nuclear fusion.”

Title:”Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Water Wars and Coconut Oil Controversies”

URL: https://gastropod.com/trouble-in-paradise-coconut-water-wars-and-coconut-oil-controversies/

File size: 46.6 MB, runtime: 48:28

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Willing to carry some items from Europe free of charge. Dec 5, 2022

Will be arriving in Cuenca on Dec 5. Travelling from Europe. Willing to carry small items with me free of charge. Thinking documents, letters, etc.

Items would need to be posted to a UK Postal Code

You can reach me at jbmcbride@gmail.com

Jim: jgmcbride@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

e Bikes, e Motorcycles and e Scooters

Hello Everyone

An important reminder for anyone considering buying any electric personal transportation vehicle.

Please research the proper care and maintenance of these new and wonderful modes of transportation.

The following I got from Googling this topic:

Complete E-Bike Battery Care Guide – Electric Bike Action

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eBikes, eMotorcycles and eScooters

Hello Everyone

An important reminder for anyone considering buying any electric personal transportation vehicle.

Please research the proper care and maintenance of these new and wonderful modes of transportation.

The following I got from Googling this topic:

Complete eBike Battery Care Guide – Electric Bike Action

Many stories are coming out regarding the batteries used for powering the above-mentioned.

Batteries are exploding and causing personal injury and property destruction.

Enjoy the personal freedom of using them in a safe manner.
Please do your own research online.

Alice

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball: 1 AM, Sunday, October 13 – free

Come join us or come to watch. Sunday, October 13th from 11 AM to??? (Weather Permitting.)
We are an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players
The net will be set up at Parque El Paraiso on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

US income taxes are around the corner!

Jacob Elliff from Elliff CPA PLLC – a Texas-based accounting firm – will be in Cuenca from the 15th to the 18th of November. He is currently making his way through Ecuador enjoying Quito today, then Cotopaxi. He will be happy to meet potential new clients in preparation for the 2022 tax season.

Jacob and his team will be holding scheduled appointments at Grace & Nelson’s Law firm located at Luis Cordero 6-41, Cuenca.

Email him today to schedule your appointment.

US number: (469) 291 7623
Jacob@elliffcpa.com
http://www.elliffcpa.com

Jacob Elliff: Jacob@elliffcpa.com .

City: Cuenca

Veterans Day event – this Friday

Veterans Day is this Friday, and we have a flag ceremony planned at noon at the planetarium at Park de la Madre, followed by free lunch at Golden Prague around 1 PM.

Please complete this form if you are able to attend and have lunch with us. We need to let the restaurant know how many people and food choices to expect. Keeping it simple is the only way to make sure we all get served and are able to eat within a reasonable amount of time. Use the link below to go to an online survey, where you can make your own choice and one for your spouse/partner.

surveymonkey.com/r/SCX9NYZ

Anthony

City: Cuenca

You put the smiles on these faces!

You can do it again by visiting the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Angel Tree (follow our progress on Facebook at Cuenca Soup Kitchen).

Sponsor one or more children of the over 200 vulnerable children served by the Cuenca Soup Kitchen. You can choose to donate gifts or to donate $25 for a child and let us do the shopping.

This is a great option if you are out of town for the holidays!

To help, please go to the “Angel Tree” link: signup.com/go/bEauMHn

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Migratory Amnesty

Greetings to all.

As some of you already know, since September 2nd, the appointment system for visas in Ecuador has changed. Now the attention is according to the order of arrival at the office in Azogues, Machala and others in Ecuador. Quito, Guayaquil and Manta, the online appointment system is still working as I am writing this.

But, along with this change in the way visas are processed now, the first part of the “Migratory Amnesty” for Venezuelans began, but under some conditions:

– They must have arrived in the country in a regular way, up to a certain date.

– Regularly means that they have to have a passport and have entered Ecuador through a migration control point, airport, seaport or land-border point, and have an entry stamp in the passport.

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Security alert: US Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador (Nov. 1, 2022)

The following email arrived overnight (Nov. 1/Nov 2). News stories have already been published, but this might add a little information, or at least catch the attention of anyone who hasn’t seen the latest news…

From ACSGuayaquil@state.gov
Date: November 1, 2022
Location: Guayaquil and Esmeraldas

Event: The Government of Ecuador declared November 1 a 30-day State of Emergency for Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces in response to ongoing coordinated attacks by transnational criminal groups and local gangs. The order permits the government to increase police presence in the affected provinces and imposes a daily 9 PM curfew each night. Violent attacks on police and public spaces in Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces continue. We urge you to remain vigilant, avoid public and crowded areas and venues, and closely monitor the situation for updates.

Please take the following actions:
> Exercise extreme caution and maintain increased vigilance in Guayaquil and Esmeraldas.
> Be aware of your surroundings and avoid large gatherings.
> Limit travel to daylight hours.
> Monitor local news for updates.
> Keep a low profile.
> Enroll in STEP to receive security updates. (https://step.state.gov/step/)

Assistance:
> US Embassy Quito, Ecuador
> +(593)(2) 398-5000
> +(593)(2) 398-5000(after hours)
> ACSQuito@state.gov

> U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador
> +(593)(4) 371-7000
> +(593)(4) 371-7000(after hours)
> ACSGuayaquil@state.gov

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Public display of courtesy at Supermaxi

Of late, we’ve read screeds about the rudeness of folks in Cuenca. Whether its drivers being discourteous to pedestrians, or some young person, standing in the seniors/disabled line at the grocery store.

I’d like to share the opposite experience. As a pedestrian and sight-challenged man, I’ve frequently had buses, taxis and passenger vehicles stop and wave me across busy intersections (I can pry one eye open).

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You put smiles on these faces…let’s do it again!

Last year you gave these children what their parents couldn’t – Christmas.

We hope that you will help again this year.

As you know, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen gives a hand up to vulnerable people in Cuenca, Ecuador who struggle to provide their children with food, clothing, and education.

Now we need your support to provide these children with a small Christmas gift. If you can help again, please go to the CSK “Angel Tree” at:
signup.com/go/bEauMHn

You can also donate via PayPal (please indicate Christmas 2022):
jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

You put smiles on these faces last year…let’s do it again!

Thank you for you continued support of the children and families of our community!

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Drivers and pedestrians

Please…drivers. Signal your intent. Most walkers yield at intersections and are considerate to traffic. But many drivers zoom at hyper-speed to an intersection and quickly turn, blasting their horns, because the pedestrians assumed someone at hyper-speed and not signaling is going straight.

It’s called common courtesy.

Generally, consideration and kindness are attributes of the everyday resident – except when they drive.

If you’re that much in a hurry…leave earlier.

Please respect pedestrians and display some consideration and respect.

Jerry Straka: jlstraka32@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Cooperativa CREA-credit card on CDs available now! Giovanna Rivera

Cooperativa CREA is a credit union in Ecuador, doing business for almost 60 years. We have expanded the capability to include a great initiative serving Cuenca’s Expat community providing VISA Credit Card for our Investors! Numerous branches around Ecuador, monitored by the Government, and the Deposit Insurance Corporation (COSEDE) insures your funds with our institution, CREA also has 4 Quality International Certifications including ISO9001, ISO37001,ISO27001, ISO23709.

These are some of the benefits, hard to beat, If you join to CREA:

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6 on 6 Volleyball: 11 AM, Sunday, October 23 – Free at Parque El Paraiso

Come join us or come to watch. Sunday, October 23rd from 11 AM to 1 PM. (weather permitting.)

We are an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players
The net will be set up at Parque El Paraiso on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: Gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Be Santa Clause with a cause with CSK!

You can give a child a meaningful Christmas by visiting the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Angel Tree. Here you can choose to sponsor one or more children of the over 200 children who need your help this Christmas. You can choose to donate gifts or to donate money and let us do the shopping.

Three ways to be Santa:

1. Make a donation of $25 per child and we will purchase the gift for you – this is the best option to provide a gift from outside of Ecuador or if shopping is difficult for you. Go to:

signup.com/go/bEauMHn

2. Choose a child from the Angel Tree. Please purchase and deliver one of the suggested gifts by November 18th. Go to:

signup.com/go/bEauMHn

3. Donate via PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net. Please indicate Christmas 2022.

You put smiles on these faces last year…let’s do it again!

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

24 hour veterinary clinic

If you are looking for a 24h/7d/365d Veterinary Clinic, Clinica Veterinaria Mora is your choice! we never close, we offer many kind of treatments for our patients, we have allopathic and homeopathic medicine and the professionals that know when to use each kind and when to use both, if your pet has a chronic disease that does not evolve well, or just want a more thorough treatment we will be gladly to help you!

Clinica Mora: 410 9141 / 410 9262 / 099 570 3533. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

To enter Ecuador, no need any more PCR test or vaccine card

Hi all, since last midnight, it is not a requirement to show covid vaccine card or PCR test to enter Ecuador or Galápagos Islands… there is an official resolution from the COE.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Thank you from FAAN to “Breakfast for Dogs” volunteers

Thank you to all of our animal-loving friends who attended this weekend’s “Breakfast for Dogs”. Guests of honor included our very lucky volunteer pets as well as two of our wonderful dogs from the shelter, ready for adoption and forever homes.

We did some “Braindancing for the Dogs” to the music of Hound Dog, Bird Dog and Who Let the Dogs out and came up with some pawsome ideas to reach our goal of raising $65,000 to purchase the land for Ecuador’s most modern shelter and education center for animal welfare. Our temporary lease expires in 2023 and our grassroots group is bringing our combined experiences to achieve this vision of better lives for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

What else happened at Breakfast for Dogs? Generous volunteers started our own Circle of Gold, Silver and Bronze Paws ($1,000, $500 and $100 Angels) so we can achieve our goal of creating Ecuador’s most modern and sustainable shelter. Thank you to every donor at every level of giving.

Join our community of animal-loving volunteers and donors who are making a difference in contributing their time, talent and treasure. We’re a fun and friendly pack of volunteers!

To volunteer and participate in our events and support the 130 dogs in our care and/or or to join the Paws Circle of Friends with your donation, contact Rosemary or Barry Rein, reinrosemary@gmail.com. You may also donate to the project through PayPal using the foundation’s email address: faanfundacion@gmail.com

Rosemary Rein: reinrosemary@gmail.com 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Storytelling open mic

All of us have stories and many of us enjoy sharing them, while others enjoy listening. Sometimes we struggle with shyness or even feeling like nobody wants to hear our story. Others may have stories they want to share beyond their circle of friends and family, but don’t know where.

Our Storytelling Open Mic at idiomART is the perfect venue for you!

This is an opportunity for you to both practice telling your stories in public and listen to others…what they talk about, how they tell the story…

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Renewal of debit card

A couple of expats who lived in Cuenca decided to return to the US (both are in an advanced age), they left some money at their account in Banco Pichincha. Their debit card unfortunately expired and now they are stuck: they cannot travel to Ecuador to handle their debit card renewal, their money is frozen at the bank. I tried to help them, I went to Banco Pichincha. Unfortunately the answer I got did not do anything to resolve my friends’ problem.

If anybody else confronted the same, or similar problem would like to share their experience and give some suggestions how to help to resolve this issue I will greatly appreciate it.

Elzbieta Jablonska: russtaylor354@hotmail.com 094 043 0276. Call after: 5 PM.

City: Cuenca

Cedula Digital

Dear foreigners who live in Ecuador. I have excellent news for you. You may have heard about the new Digital ID. It is something very recent that the civil registry has released as a new modality here in Ecuador.
We will no longer have to walk with the fear that if I lost the ID and it ceases to be such a vital document that losing it has generated so much discomfort.

It is an optional non-mandatory service, and a digital version of the identity document, so it has the same validity as the physical one. It can be accessed through the Gob.EC platform installed on your cell phone.

I leave you here the link so that you can access it. It will be valid very soon, so don’t worry about getting it yet, wait a bit:
https://www.registrocivil.gob.ec/cedula-digital/

While this happens, so you don’t lose your ID I’m going to leave you a very good tip: leaving the civil registry on the right hand side going down all those steps there is a store that says Photo Clone “Foto Clon”. Ask them to make a laminated copy of the identity card. Say, “por favor, una copia plastica de mi cedula”. The cost to do it is $3; the best payment you will ever make, and you will have an exact copy of the cedula to the one you carry now as an identity card.

Follow me for more advice,

Monica Gonzaga: monicagonzaga.facilitator@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

So, Turi is open again. How are the steps?

Meh.

Now that the top end is basically done, the maintenance window for the steps is probably closed, so if you like steps, you’ll have to negotiate a neglected and unimproved route which now includes a brief “off-trail” scramble to get through.

My last batch of photos is from Sunday, Oct. 2. The URL to the Turi Flickr album is: https://bit.ly/3UVAgpe

Scroll down to the “older/latest” separator image near the bottom of the album, and the new stuff is below that.

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October 10th, Ecuador Holiday

Next October 9th, is a national holiday, Guayaquil Independence day, but the government decided to give a free day on a national level, Monday October 10th. So, that day, banks and public institutions will be closed and returning to work on October 11th, Tuesday. There will be a long weekend: Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday the 10th.

If someone works on Monday the 10th, according to the law, they have to receive double salary for that day.

Cordially
http://www.visatoecuador.coom

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

IVA refund – paperless – Accro Corp

Want to request the IVA refund but don’t want the hassle of dealing with the SRI? No problem, at ACCRO Corp we can help you with everything. You won’t need to leave your house. Ask me how.

http://www.accrocorp.com

info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Jessica CPA: 099 619 1775. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

$2 bills in Ecuador; some interesting stories

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/17/business/2-dollar-bill-history/index.html

Here in Ecuador, the $2 bills are considered a “good luck amulet”, but, someone has to give you one, as a gift. The “magic” doesn’t work if you receive it as a payment.

Since May 2019, the $2 bills are officially in circulation in Ecuador, when the Ecuadorian government brought some millions of dollars, in order to help the economy of small payments, but, the bills disappear. Actually, in Loja, I never saw one in circulation, only twice in Quito and one in Cuenca.

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Being busy is a good thing!

Phew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Cuenca Soup Kitchen.

1. We were able to purchase, organize, and distribute school supply kits for all of the over 200 students in our program. Thank you!

2. We had a great visit with US Consul General, Brian Quigley and Alex Rodriguez, the Minister of Tourism of Guayas Province. In addition to discussing expat issues in Cuenca, the Consul General also contributed towards the school supply kit. Thank you!

3. Extra dry goods were distributed to those on the streets who cannot come to us.

4. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission donated a significant amount of hygiene goods which we were able to pass through to foundations we lend food support to. Thank you!

5. We distributed food kits to approximately 1,000 people. This is made possible by monthly donors for as little as $25 per month per family. Thank you!

6. And finally, we celebrated birthdays by sending home cakes and gifts so that families can continue their special traditions. Thank you!

To become a monthly donor please visit cuencasoupkitchen.org, click the donate button, and select the monthly option.

For more information email: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

Thank you!
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Difficulty using the Azutaxi app

On Sept. 13 there was a post about having difficulty using the Azutaxi Application. The poster wrote this:

“I have a Google Pixel phone. It gets Android updates before any other brand. When the new Android 13 update was recently installed, I could no longer use Azutaxi.”

The following is from my friend, Jorge Naranjo. He is the developer of the Azutaxi App. Please let me know if this procedure solves your problem using the Azutaxi App.

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Cardiologist

Hi!

I am Dra. Daniela Carpio —a Cardiologist based out of Cuenca with a specialty in Cardiac Intensive Care. Upon my recent return from completing my studies abroad, I opened my medical practice at Hospital del Rio, and it would be an honor to serve you there.

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English Club: conversation

Dear community,

I’m a local English teacher interested in creating a group between my university students and some willing expats or native speakers of English. The aim is to give them the opportunity to exchange information about interesting experiences from other cultures. Cuenca is a city that has a wide community of foreigners who are also willing to be in touch with locals. Some Spanish could be used too if agreed.

Once the group is confirmed, the only thing expected from foreigners is to agree on a day we can meet one or twice a month to have a nice conversation about topics selected.

Let me know if you are interested in providing this voluntary service as you make new friends including teachers and students who will take advantage of everything you can share in different city sites.

Magno Vivar

Vote from Cuenca

There is a website with voting information and instructions on how to be sure that your vote is counted. You can do a google search on “federal voting assistance program.” The website has the latest accurate information.

Don’t trust your voting rights to partisans.

Ralph

Migratory Regularization – To people in Ecuador without a valid visa

Hello to all the foreign community living in Ecuador.

If you are in Ecuador without a valid Residency Visa of Ecuador or know someone who does not have a valid Residency Visa of Ecuador, regardless of the nationality, and would like to get your migratory situation legalized, as long as you have stamped your entry into the country you might join the regularization process. The first phase of this regularization process has started just yesterday, September 1. There will be two phases for this process of migratory regularization, which are as follows:

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Traveling from Cuenca to New York

I am traveling from Cuenca to New York this Thursday, August 31st for a month. If you want me to take any mail or document for a charge, please let me know.

Diego: clavijodiego@yahoo.com 099 584 8988. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

PM emergency button, by Punto Medico S.A.

PM emergency button, by Punto Medico S.A., prehospital emergency care service at home. We provide professional first response care services.
We have a high-tech device that, when pressed for about 5 seconds, activates an emergency call to the professional paramedic who, in turn, responds and guides you step by step until you reach your home and provide care necessary. We also have custody of keys exclusively for home emergencies and to facilitate access and provide the necessary help. In addition, programming and reminder of medications and medical appointments, 24/7 assistance, periodic control of the user’s status, GPS location for people with memory problems or in case of need of primary help outside their home. Consultations with a general practitioner.

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Final day: make the impossible happen!

All children deserve a future but not all families can afford it. A $25 donation can change that for a child.

Through midnight today, 100% of the donations made to our JEP account will be used to buy school supplies for the 150+ school-age children we serve.

You can help them to build better futures.

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Info on Ecuador

Hello, I am planning a trip Ecuador from mid-January to mid-February. I have many questions and hope this group will offer some answers. I plan to fly into Guayaquil and rent a car. I hope to travel to the coast to Montanita and spend a week before traveling up the coast.

Below are some of my questions. I have never been. What can I expect?

Thank you in advance,

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Are you ready to apply for your permanent visa?

If you have completed or are about to complete 21 months with the temporary visa, you are now eligible to apply for the permanent residence visa, one of the most important requirements is:

Not having left Ecuador for more than 90 days during the 21-month period of your Temporary Visa, these 90 days may have been used continuously or discontinuously.

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6 on 6 volleyball: 11 AM, Sunday, August 21 – Free at Parque El Paraiso

Sunday, August 21st from 11 AM to 1 PM. (Weather permitting.) We are an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players. Come join us to play or watch.

The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Below is a photo from last Sunday’s games:

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

NFL – Fantasy Football League – sign up now

Attention Fantasy Football players:

The NFL season is approaching fast. We can accommodate 1-2 more spots in our super fun fantasy football league.

It is only $10 per team and winner takes all at the end of the season.

The draft will be Sunday, August 28 at 10 AM. You can do this from the comfort of your own home as the league is through NFL.com. It will be a snake draft and the league is full PPR.

To reserve your spot or for more information, please email:
Tim White at ecuador0001_football@yahoo.com or
Linda Chase at lchaselchase@yahoo.com

Tim: ecuador0001_football@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Are you Irregular in Ecuador and want to become regular and legal?

If your visa has expired and you are irregular, pay attention to the following recommendation:

Do not pay any penalty at Immigration, because if you do, they will give you 30 days to leave the country. Currently, the payment of the penalty does not guarantee that you can apply for a visa, you must leave the country.

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65 or better and ready to get your IVA refund?

Meet with Fernando at the expat service center at Hogar de Esperanza and find out how to get your refund. He will go to the SRI office with you and explain how it works. This is a great way to get a little extra money and support the foundation at the same time.

Open hours for our Expat Services Center are: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM. The Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Talk with Fernando who can answer all your questions. Thanks so much for your support.

099 094 7611 mail to: services@hogaresperanza.org

Kris Andreatta

Due date extension for Asset Annex – AccroCorp

The SRI, through resolution No. NAC-DGERCGC22-00000019 has extended the filing date for the Asset Annex for 2021 to December, 2022

This filing does not mean you have to pay taxes on the amounts you are reporting. But, if you do not file the Asset Annex for 2021, you can be fined by the SRI for not reporting.

For more information, please visit http://www.accrocorp.com

Jessica: 099 619 1775. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Turi: Not quite done yet. (photos)

I walked up the road last Friday and grabbed a few snapshots while I was there. Lots of people were there enjoying the weather as well as the views, almost like the old days.

Not much to say about the work, except that things are beginning to open up a bit, specifically the east-side road, some of the area in front of the church, and a few drop-off/pick-up parking spots along the side of the church, though the stairs are still closed off, and that general area is where most of the current construction is. The road on the west side was still blocked.

The word is that the project will be done by the end of this month, but let’s just say that as always, maybe we can appreciate what progress has already been made, be patient, and hope for the best.

A few photos posted to Flicker: https://bit.ly/3wrOMdV

David Johns

City: Cuenca

American Citizen Services in Cuenca (passports)

The following arrived Tuesday, August 9th. There might be someone not on the US Consulate’s mailing list who can use the following info, so here it is, from the email:

Message for US Citizens: American Citizen Services in Cuenca, August 30 and 31, 2022

From: ACSGuayaquil@state.gov

American Citizen Services in the City of Cuenca – August 30 and 31, 2022

The US Consulate General in Guayaquil is pleased to announce that representatives from the Consulate will offer notarial services and accept passport applications in the City of Cuenca on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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Today is feria time at Cuenca Creator’s Coop

Today is feria time, so come and get your beautiful faces here, between… Now and later (9 AM-2 PM), so I can see you all, and you buy my products. Best deal in the world, and it won´t take more than 5 minutes.

We are having new things for a limited time. So, you better come; you will regret if you’re not here today…

If you don´t want to spend money, you can spend your time! No excuses my people.

Stop by today and see what our artisans have created for you. Inside Sunrise Cafe, Calle Larga 9-78 y Benigno Malo

Tanya: 098 400 9551. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Public transportation in Quito

Hi folks, I’m updating a guidebook on Ecuador and have a couple of things to check for Quito, which perhaps some of you who live there might know…

1. How much is the cost of a taxi ride (yellow cab), more or less, from one end of the city to the other?
2. Do they use the electronic cards on buses there now (i.e. no cash), like in Cuenca?

Thank you so much for any info on these two points….

Fi Mitchell: fhmitchell@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, 11 AM, Sunday, August 7 – Free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 1 PM. (Weather Permitting.)
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago. The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

We had a great crowd last Sunday and everyone enjoyed themselves.
You are welcome to join in play or watch.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Message for US Citizens: U.S. Social Security Services in Ecuador

Following is the text of an email that I got today (2022-08-02). Am submitting it for those not on the US Embassy mailing list.

US Social Security Administration – Regional Federal Benefits Unit visit to Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil from August 29th to September 2nd, 2022.

The US Embassy in Quito and the US Consulate General in Guayaquil are pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil from August 29 to September 2 to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions regarding US Social Security and other federal benefits.

Quito
✱ Location: US Embassy, Quito. E12-170 Avigiras Ave. and Ave. Eloy Alfaro
✱ Dates: Monday, August 29th from 8 AM-noon PM and 1 – 4 PM
✱ Notes: Facemasks are mandatory. Please maintain social distance (6 feet, or 2 meters).

Please note you may not enter the Embassy with bags, purses, or electronic devices, and there is no place for us to hold them for you.

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Travel restrictions, update, Ecuadorian airports

As usual, at the beginning of each month, the International Ecuadorian Airports authorities, updates the travelling restrictions, or continues with the last ones from the previous ones. It is always better to check the official web pages (both in English) and know the latest requirements to arrive or leave Ecuador, here the links

https://www.aeropuertoquito.aero/en/
https://www.tagsa.aero/en_aeropuertojjo.html

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Important announcement for everyone in Cuenca

If you live in Cuenca and you like paellas, we want to give you good news.
Calvo & Co. will soon have paellas on its menu.

Wait for it.

And have a nice day.

Jose: 095 879 3723. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca

A Discussion of Humor by Leroy Kent

Today, jokes have almost entirely disappeared from public contexts, and have become a discreet affair, reserved for trusted friends. This is a huge loss to society as a whole.

The dispute about the propriety of certain jokes is regularly rehashed. One side says that humor insidiously molds our attitudes and that we must vigilantly censor jokes that might offend in order to reduce prejudice and protect the powerless.

The other side wonders what has happened to our collective sense of humor. Possibly the shift to giving everyone participation trophies has made people too fragile to hear ideas that they may not agree with.

A number of people have taken exception with my attempts at humor. Those people espouse personal attacks and state with certainty their own moral and ethical superiority. But their rantings all suffer from one fatal flaw. Those persons have confused the target of the joke with the subject of the joke.

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Monkey Pox information, August 2022

The World Health Organization has monthly reports for all to read. I am providing links for easy access plus an abbreviated digest to inspire readers. Please be safe out there!

https://www.paho.org/en or https://www.paho.org/es

While technical in nature these reports are not too complicated for the general population to understand. There is the information regarding Covid-19 and Monkey Pox with nice electron microscope photos. Easy links to the newest information available.

Monkey Pox https://www.paho.org/en/monkeypox

The International Health Organization met and is monitoring the situation and has not yet announced an alert. Our status is a concern. There have been 18 cases in Ecuador and it is spread as most viruses are spread by secretions, direct and indirect contact, and body fluids. It is not airborne.

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Intentional Travelers Cuenca Transportation Guide

This is just a “FYI” post.

I was looking for information on something else when I came across this site and this guide. Pretty detailed, seems to have a lot of good info. Since I walk everywhere, a bunch of this is new, and now I know where to get a clue about it.

Published by “Intentional Travelers”. (Yet another travel site, but it seems nicer than most.) URL: https://intentionaltravelers.com/cuenca-ecuador-transportation-public-transit/

The topics covered are…

1) On Foot: Walking in Cuenca
2) How to Use Cuenca Public Buses
3) Tranvia: Cuenca’s Metro Line
4) Biking: BiciCuenca and bike rentals in Cuenca
5) Cuenca Taxis and Ride Share
6) Regional Bus Travel From Cuenca Throughout Ecuador

They also offer a walking map, but it’s just Google Maps with various landmarks on it, and you have to sign up with an email address. Meh. But if you really want to see it, you can get access to it by creating a disposable email address through mailinator.com (which is also handy to know about).

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Airfare discount for those over 65

I plan to visit the USA soon for the first time. How do I seek the discount? Can I only use certain airlines? Anything else to share on this topic?

Thank you,

Kevin OKane: kmok1956@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Cardiology/clinician

Hi,

I am Dra. Daniela Carpio —a cardiologist based out of Cuenca with a specialty in Cardiac Intensive Care. Upon my recent return from completing my studies abroad, I opened my medical practice at Hospital del Rio, and it would be an honor to serve you there.

I completed my 5-year postgraduate education at the Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiología in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a world class institution comprised of highly skilled physicians in the field. I am thrilled to me back in my hometown, with my family, and I look forward to serving my community and also bring expert medical care to the comfort of your own home, if needed.

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6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, 11 AM, Sunday, July 24, Free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, July 24th from 11 AM to 1 PM. (Weather Permitting.)
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.

The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

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6 on 6 volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, Sunday at 11 AM – free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, July 17th from 11 AM to 1 PM (Weather Permitting).
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.

The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

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6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, Sunday at 11 AM – Free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, July 10th from 11 AM to 1 PM. (Weather Permitting.)
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

Last Sunday we had a Rain Out, so everyone wants to get back on the court.
You are welcome to join in play or watch. You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, July 3rd from 11 AM to 1 PM.
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

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Tourist visa extension process

Hi all,

Again, I received some emails, asking me for the tourist visa extension process, so, the information, up to date, is as follows.

Ulises

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When you arrive in Ecuador, for the first time, you receive a 90-day tourist visa (not 3 months) … then, after those 90 days expire, you have 10 days, (weekend and holiday included) to extend your tourist visa for 90 days more.

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Vote for Women’s Rights in November US election

In the course of history, this is just another wrong, more or less egregious than others. But it is the wrong of our time, the wrong we are called upon to make right.

In the course of history, powerful people and institutions have imposed their will on the governed. But this imposition is ours to make right.

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6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM

We have enough commitments for us to play Sunday, June 26th from 11 AM to 1 PM. You are welcome to come to watch or join in.

The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake at Parque El Paraiso.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Mexico revives a 3,000-year-old ball game [short video]

From BBC Reel…
In Mexico, a group of athletes are on a mission to revive an ancient sporting tradition – a tribute to the game once enjoyed by their ancestors.

Thought to be approximately 3,000 years old, the Mesoamerican ballgame ‘Juego de Pelota’ could be one of the oldest team sports in the world. It was once played by the Aztecs, Maya and Incas and carries ancient cultural and religious significance.

It was only when Spanish conquistadors banned the game in the 16th Century did the game fade into legend.

Runtime: 4:34
(And where can a guy get one of those jaguar masks?)

Dave Sailer

City: Cuenca

Tips to buy your own apartment in Cuenca

If you want to buy an apartment in Cuenca, here are some tips you should keep in mind:

1. Research available financing and analyze your income

2. Set your budget

3. Make sure it is close to transport stations (bus or tram), shopping centers and other residential areas.

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Food is our common ground, a universal experience (James Beard)

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” – Michael Broadbent

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s two evenings of good food, good wine, and good company were just what we hoped they would be – magical. Thank you to Le Moulin Restaurante, for the exquisite food, to Porto y Gaia for the wonderful wines, and to Ana Herington for being our “bridge”!

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6 on 6 volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, Sunday at 11 AM

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, June 19th from 11 AM to 1 PM. The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago. The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

We had a good crowd, good games last Sunday, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 (WhatsApp OK) by Saturday, June 18th, at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Top 3 areas to live in Cuenca preferred by expats

Cuenca has many attractive areas to live in, due to its good quality of life. Some examples of that are the drinking water service, the new tram (it’s the largest public transport system in Cuenca and the first modern tram in Ecuador), the bicycle paths and many more advantages which make it the number one destination to live in the entire country.

In recent years it has become a multicultural city, welcoming several foreigners who have decided to settle in the country. In September 2009, International Living magazine named it “the world’s top retirement destination,” encouraging dozens of foreigners (mainly American retirees) to move to Cuenca.

Today we will talk about these 3 areas

1. Ordóñez Lasso Avenue

The main entry and exit route to the western part of the city.

For several years, on this avenue, specifically in the area of the Oro Verde Hotel, a pretty remarkable growth of the urban sector has been seen, mainly in modern buildings. This growth came along with the presence of expats; this area has become one of the favorite places chosen by expats to live in.
An average of 30% of expats lives in this area.

This area has many bilingual places like restaurants, bakeries, bars with live music where several people from the expat community meet, this will help you make friends and blend in to Cuenca easier. One of the biggest supermarkets is also located near this avenue.

2. Puertas del Sol (Gates of the Sun)

This is another of the area with a high percentage of expats. It has fabulous views, green areas to walk and also plenty of space to walk your dog. Adding to this, the presence of the majestic Tomebamba River. You don’t always have the privilege to live near a river that crosses the whole city.
Many Expats decide to live in that area because there are many apartments inside condominiums, also because of security issues and easy access to different places of the city.

3. Challuabamba

This area is warm – not so cold like Cuenca – and is further from the center of city. There you can enjoy excellent walks and mountain biking very close to the area. The land and houses in that area are usually very large, which means it’s more likely to have large green spaces. There is a high growth in this area with several supermarkets, schools, pharmacies, parks and recreational areas.

More Info: WhatsApp # 096 189 4496

Santiago Vanegas: ecohousef2019@gmail.com 096 189 4496. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Sweet Home Ecuador

I met this lovely lady who is helping many expats in Ecuador. She can help you to get done just about anything, from your visa to opening a bank account in Ecuador.

https://youtu.be/qotynZoX1fc

If you know her or she has helped you, leave a comment below.

Remember to subscribe for more videos.

Angel Jefferson Avilez Rodriguez

City: Babahoyo

ACSQuito: Covid-19 and flights to the US

Many others might have gotten this email, but it probably can’t hurt to pass it along since it’s an official announcement. I’ve included the embedded URLs as plain text in parentheses…

From: ACSQuito@state.gov
Monday, June 13th, 2022 at 4:18 PM
Location:  Nationwide 

Event: As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. 

As of 12:01 AM on June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. 

CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-US citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.  ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html )  

Actions to Take: 
• Review country-specific COVID-19 entry/exit requirements on the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page. ( https://ec.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-ecu-2/ )

• In accordance with CDC guidance, delay your travel if you test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19. ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html#do-not-travel )   Assistance:   

U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador 
+(593)(2) 398 5000 
+(593)(2) 398 5000 (after hours) 
ACSQuito@state.gov   

U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador 
+(593)(4) 371 7000 
+(593)(4) 371 7000 (after hours) 
ACSGuayaquil@state.gov 

Dave Sailer

City: Cuenca

Sweet Home Ecuador

Hello, Today I am launching my YouTube channel “Sweet Home Ecuador.”

Here is an interview I had with a Hero, She is the Founder of ” Paws with Hope,” Cuenca.

Subscribe to my channel for more videos.

https://youtu.be/2raLurhfAzU

Angel Jefferson Avilez Rodriguez

Why choose Cuenca?

Besides the people and the security that Cuenca provides, these are the reasons why I love living in Cuenca:

– Here, unlike the big cities, traffic is not a big problem, easy to move around the city, making you reach your destination in a maximum of 30 minutes

– It was a very important city in colonial periods, that is why its architecture has a great influence of European cities

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Visas, visas and more visas

Looking for all things visas? Visa Angels Ecuador specializes in visas. Visa Angels Ecuador has been getting visas for expats since 2014. We work with extended tourist visas, temporary residential visas, permanent residential visas, and transferring visas to a new passport. We also work with getting your cedula for the first time and renewing your visa. We specialize in visas and cedulas so you get the very newest requirements. During this 8 years we were GringoPost’s best visa assistance for 5 years in a row.

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6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6-on-6 volleyball players on Sunday, June 12th from 11 AM to 1 PM.
The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 (WhatsApp OK) by Saturday, June 11th at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Free fruit pulps; bring in the fruit you want!

We recently acquired a pulp extractor. We want to make as many pulps as possible with different kinds so you just bring in the fruit you want (a minimum of 4 kg so the machine can process correctly). We will cook, grind and pack them in individual packages of 100 gr. free of charge. We are located in Cuenca. Email us if interested,

Galo: galochicact@gmail.com 096 407 8576. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

One T spoon is enough to make your kitchen blush

“fenugreek” (methi in Hindi , kasoori methi for leaf)
Its seeds, which smell and taste like maple syrup, have been used in cooking and as medicine. Fenugreek is used as an ingredient in spice blends and a flavoring agent in foods, beverages
In North Africa, Asia, and southern Europe, fenugreek was traditionally used for diabetes and to increase milk supply in women who were breastfeeding.
Today, fenugreek is promoted as a dietary supplement for diabetes, menstrual cramps, and other conditions and to stimulate milk production during breastfeeding.

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Taste the unique blend of spices

Turmeric is a common spice that comes from the root of curcuma longa. It contains a chemical called curcumin, which might reduce swelling and osteo arthritis

Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. Because curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling, it is often used to treat conditions that involve pain and inflammation.
Source – NY times

“Namaste India “authentic Indian restaurant

For reservations, events, home deliveries
WhatsApp right now
(We only use homemade spice powders )

Deneesh Zakharia: shankerkishor65@gmail.com 98 415 4229. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca

Jif peanut butter recall

Please be aware that some of the recalled US Jif peanut butter products have been sold in Cuenca. I bought a tainted jar, so am speaking from experience. It is easy to find product descriptions and codes with an online search. Peanut butter and jelly, yes please. A side of salmonella, no thank you!

Judy ONeil: .

City: Cuenca

Stalking the elusive IVA refund

Together with Rick Snyder, I have written an article about obtaining IVA refunds which includes a very detailed, step-by-step instruction for the online process. You can download it at this link: https://yapatree.com/iva-refunds-ecuador/.

Here is the Table of Contents of the article:

1. First reveal… what is IVA?
2. The right thing to do?
3. Instant IVA Refunds are available but very limited
4 Who qualifies for IVA returns and for which purchases?
5. What is the maximum monthly refund amount?
6. How do you get IVA refunds?
6.1 Third-party providers
6.2 Facilitators
6.3 DIY
6.4 Set-Up Tasks
6.5 Step-by-Step instructions for online filing of IVA Returns
7 English-speaking third-party assistance
8 Final Words

Eric Fraterman: ericfraterman@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Jet Blue: NO, you do not need to be fully vaxxed to return to EC

While traveling in the US on business, I received an email from Jet Blue saying you must be fully vaxxed to return to EC with the last vax 14 days prior to return.

This is a lie! I went to the Denver airport and spoke with United airlines, and they confirmed it’s either vaxxed or a negative RT-PCR test. I then went to the Jet Blue counter, and she also confirmed it’s either vaxxed or a negative RE-PCR test. I showed her the email I received, and she said it’s incorrect and that she would advise her supervisor.

JetBlue’s incompetency damn near caused me a heart attack. For sure, they ruined my day. I am boarding the flight today in FLL to return to EC and will again speak with them.

Gerri

City: Cuenca

Re: Any experiences with Vibes Travel Store

Has anyone booked a trip with Vibes Travel Store? A friend and I did. We sent our deposit by cash transfer, they had promised to send us our flights and all our details immediately upon receipt. That was March 29th.

We requested our flight info over and over. They then ghosted us, through WhatsApp they kept asking us to send more and more money with no proof of any actual trip. We told them we would pay the balance immediately upon proof of our flights and our booking. They refused to answer at all.

I had an Ecuadorian friend contact them in fluent Spanish. They promised her they would send everything immediately over and over, then ghosted her too. So she called from different phones.

They would promise again each time to send a proper invoice with details and get right back to her.

They never returned a call. One after another they ghosted each phone she reached out from.

Then they sent an invoice for thousands more dollars, still without flights or details.

I texted them I would pay the balance as soon as I was given actual airline reservations, which had been promised over a month before. I wanted to call and verify with an airline as I had lost faith in them. Or I would like a refund of my deposit as they had no proof of any trip. At that point they ghosted and blocked me.

I am disappointed. I was really looking forward to the trip offered to Turkey, Greece and Egypt. I was fully prepared to pay what they had asked. But not with being scammed. No travel agency has ever treated me like that. I am not gullible.

Does anyone else have any experience with booking with them, good or bad?

Is it just us? We realize flight prices have gone crazy. If they had been honest and just told us they could no longer buy tickets that fit the budget we would have understood.

They could have refunded with integrity, or told us the situation. But, instead, they ignored us and when my friend reached out just kept saying it was done and they would get right back with her or us. They never did. We were supposed to leave early June. We are out our $600 deposit. If they had had their way, we would be out $6000 more.

I didn’t want anyone else to go through this. By the same token I would love to know if anyone has had a good trip with them.

I know the price hikes and fuel increases may have made us all a casualty. Perhaps they simply couldn’t follow through because of the flights not locked in at the price they based the trip on. But they should have communicated with us.

Thoughts?

Jan Dynes: jandynes1@gmail.com 096 795 4732. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist…apology

Thanks to all the contributors to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen at Wednesday night’s event at KOLO.

We had a few program hiccups…but thanks to your patience and goodwill there were some “mind-blowing” results according to a few well-wishers when the program concluded. And, as I think we all feel, it’s about the charity and seeing our fellow contributors. I’m glad to provide a little window dressing, even if there were a few “dropped stitches” in the fabric.

Sleight of mind not sleight of hand.

And, in case you’re wondering, the use of the blindfold to limit my sense of sight in order to enhance my sixth sense will not be repeated. Never again “out of sight not out of mind.”

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM – free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, May 22nd from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 by Saturday. May 21st at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Paws with Hope

Paws with Hope has rescued over 60 street dogs in the past 5 years, as well as a good number of cats. We have not been able to take in more dogs because we still have a few who first need to find their forever families. We try our best to give these dogs and cats the best life possible while living here, and if we took in more, we would not be able to provide, as it is hard enough already. It would not be fair to our dogs or the new dogs coming in. Thanks to people who have supported our rescue mission, every animal currently here is sterilized.

We are always in need of dog food, cat food, and cat litter. At this moment in time we desperately need these 3 things, as well as new harnesses for the dogs. We have been using the same ones for a while now, and they are broken and on their least leg!
If you can donate any of these items please reach out to me. You can also donate through paypal: Pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com

Any help is greatly appreciated!

JD: pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Suspicious email demanding a court appearance?

I received a suspicious email in Spanish stating that I am required by law to appear at a courthouse to respond to a filed lawsuit. There is a file number but no other details as to which courthouse or when to appear. My name does not appear anywhere. I will not reply, of course. Just wondering if anyone else has received such suspicious email in Spanish.

Patricia: .

City: Cuenca

Road conditions

From time to time I see posts asking about road conditions. I found this link to be very helpful and it is updated frequently during the day. As always drive safely and watch out for the guy in back of the guy in front of you. https://www.ecu911.gob.ec/consulta-de-vias/

Christine Wright Badiian: christinelwb@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Assets Annex – what, when to file – Accro Corp

Have you heard about the Asset Annex filing requirement for Ecuador?

It is mandatory for any of you who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples. No need to pay taxes but you must file to avoid fines. This is due in May as part of an agreement to share information between the US and Ecuador that was signed in 2021, but has just been extended to December, 2022 .

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