Success Starting a Business in Cotacachi, Ecuador

Meet Yannick ,an expat from Germany who moved to Cotacachi and started a bakery. He is the proud owner of a successful bakery called Pandala Bakery in Cotacachi. We interviewed him to find out what it has been like for him to start a business here and to find out what you can learn from him. Deb: Where were you born? …

Thriving in the New Normal

Bahia-Ecuador-Expats Is Now Thriving In The New Normal Greetings friends and subscribers, I have not posted for quite a while because we have been traveling and we are no longer living full time in Bahia. I re-named the Bahia-Ecuador-Expats website Thriving in the New Normal, Thriving as Expats in Ecuador. I will still be posting about Bahia, and you can …

New Intensive Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture Classes at Rio Muchacho

Rio Muchacho Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday December 1, 2017 Rio Muchacho is  running a month long course on Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture at our National Geographic endorsed organic farm. During the 4 weeks teams of experts will pair classroom learning with practical application, including composting techniques, lunar calendar crops, and beekeeping. This holistic course will be valuable for anyone …

The 2017 Immigration Law in Ecuador, Brief Notes

May 26, 2017 I recently attended a presentation by Attorney Santiago Andrade. I wanted to share some of the notes that I took so you have some idea of what is in the new law.  I have included some key points of the new Immigration Law in Ecuador for 2017.  The goal is to help you learn about the kind of …

NORMAL ISN’T EVERYTHING by j.iver.petersen

Normal Isn’t Everything! ( Actually, it Is Only For Sure An Appliance Setting 😉 <<< Astonishment Caught in the Freeze-frame of a Digital Rearview Video Mirror. (A spontaneously unguarded reflection from something abnormally far from the conceptual perception of normality that mostly doesn’t exist.) Our actions or the lack thereof are the revealing feature transparent only to self. What is …

The 2016 Children’s Mission Christmas Party Update

The Children’s Mission of Leonidas Plaza was envisioned about 5 years and has been growing ever since.   All events and services of the mission are provided by donations and by volunteers.  As you can see from the pictures the progress over the years has been very impressive.  The children first gathered on the dirt with no shade, now there is …

Living Life According to the Tides, Part 2

Part 2 of Living Life According to the Tides from dictionary.com:  Tide Verb phrases tide over,  a.to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress. b.to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive. Idioms turn the tide, to reverse the course of events, especially from one extreme to another: The Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the American …

A Historic View of Bahia de Caraquez

The following is an unofficially translated and edited excerpt from an old book that was given to me by a friend who lives in Cuenca. The book was found in her aunt’s old home. It was in pretty bad shape with yellowing pages that were torn and partly eaten. The book had no title page, so the author and the …

A New Poem and Photos from J. Iver Petersen – Bahia

HOLISTIC FRESHNESS Well spoken vegetables are lovely as are friends Both close or far radiating inward beauty as an oasis Midst desert flowers fragrant to thirsty souls …j.iver.petersen… 4th of March 2016 Bahia de Caraquez, EC

Living Life According to the Tides

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher Definition of Tide from Dictionary.com: Noun: The periodic rise and fall of the waters of the ocean and its inlets, produced by the attraction of the moon and sun, and occurring about every 12 hours. Anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.: the tide of …