There was a long pause and then the words, “Are you serious?”
In my former life, one of my jobs was to evaluate retirement communities based on a five-star system. Living in the Pennsylvania/Baltimore/DC Metro area, there were a lot of high-end places to retire, but rarely did any of them make the five-star grade.
Yesterday, when Mark and I were walking home from “el centro,” I realized that Cuenca had made the grade (almost!). It’s a retirement community without walls and this is what it includes:
*A central park with a church in the middle (Parque Calderon and Nueva Catedral).
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*Free events: concerts, musicals, plays and community functions.
*Pools, gyms, spas, and tennis courts (minimal cost).
*No need for a car; you can walk anywhere within a 2-3 mile radius.
*Social Activities Director. The Gringo Tree provides an ongoing list of entertainment options from scenic outings to free concerts.
*Abundance of Dining Options (from $1.50 lunches to 5-star dining).
*Near perfect weather.
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Cuenca would not be able to retain its Old World charm if the cobblestones streets were paved and the sidewalks were glazed over, so a simple rule of planting your feet and looking before you “leap” will help considerably!
And it turns out “retirement” folks are not the only ones coming to Cuenca; it’s a whole new generation of 30 and 40 year olds that are wanting to escape the rat race and develop a simpler way of life before they retire.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that one of the amenities of living in this “retirement community” is Fourth of July fireworks—almost “daily.”
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