Saturday, February 6, 2010

18 days to Ecuador

Mark leaves for Ecuador in 18 days for his exploratory trip to seek out a place for us to rent. Today we are preparing for that trip by going over the list of would-be apartments that our realtor sent us. It's a great day to stay indoors as we just had the "Blizzard of 2010" pass through last night, leaving an historic snowfall (the records of 1993 and 2003 are now history!).

When I look at the weather in Cuenca right now, I want to get on a plane and never come back, but we can't even make it out our front door -- we're literally snowed in.

It's also a good day to do the necessary things for our move, like paint the basement with drylock. Mark got up early at 5:30 a.m. to finish that project. We were going to have the screen door replaced but that's totally out of the question; today as we have 28 inches of snow covering it up!

We did find out some great news from our realtor in Cuenca. We don't have to buy right away as there are several different types of resident visas, one for business, one for property ownership, and another for a pension. You just have to prove that the spouse receiving the pension makes at least $800 and $100 for the spouse. Well, we've got that covered!!!

We can't draw on our Social Security until we're 62 and at age 55 we have seven more years, but I write for the Internet and I can do that anywhere in the world as long as there is Internet connection.

Today we are wishing we were somewhere else, but 18 more days and Mark will be my "Christopher Columbus" and post pictures and video for me to look at as he makes this historic journey!

Until next time...hasta luego!

Connie and Mark

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