Pro-Ecuador Newsletter: Northern Ecuador on Economic Roll
February 10, 2013
A View From the Roof: Gary comments on our shock at the explosive growth taking place in Cotacachi. A huge number of changes have occurred during our 5 months out of Ecuador. These changes have the potential to dramatically reshape the complexion of Northern Ecuador. One thing for sure: Real estate prices are going up, at least for now.
An earthquake shook our house this morning, and sent us and many of our neighbors scrambling to get out-of-doors. No damage was done, but a Quito friend reported that it shook books off the shelves and pictures off the walls in her 8th floor Quito condo. Linda shares some earthquake experiences.
Galapagos: Pink Iguana filmed for the first time. 200 years after Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands and identified species that led to his theory of evolution, scientists discovered and named an iguana that Darwin missed altogether. Now Sir David Attenborough has photographed the rare and elusive reptile.
If you're over 65 in Ecuador, you are entitled to Tercer Edad benefits. In this article, Linda humorously grapples with the trials of acknowledging that we're old, in order to get benefits.
Ecuador Movies: "Pescador" (Fisherman). a 2011 film made in Ecuador, won top prizes for both Best Actor and Best Director at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. This film was based on true events that took place in El Matal, a tiny beach town in Manabi province near Hamas, Ecuador. Linda and Gary have visited the small village several times, never realizing it was the site of a big drug drama.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The Ecuadorian film “Pescador” (Fisherman) was awarded Saturday two silver Mayahuel Prizes for Best Actor and Best Director at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival, or FICG. Festival organizer Ivan Trujillo announced those top honors for the director of the 2011 film “Pescador,” Sebastian Cordero, and actor Andres Crespo.
A recent drug related death of a 13-year-old girl in Guayaquil sparked a media frenzy and a series of investigations in schools. This BBC article gives a good report of the problem of drugs in Ecuador schools and the country's response to them.
Ecuador Real Estate for Sale: Our new listing this week is for a 960 sq. ft. restored condo in the Central Historical District. When we first came to Ecuador, condos and apartments were available is huge numbers. For Sale signs were everywhere. Now, rarely does one see a sale unit in the old town district. This is a good one.