Friday, December 16, 2011

English Students!

I had the privilege of being able to talk to several classes at the University of Cuenca this week and on Wednesday I was at the Polytechnical University (Salesiana). I was impressed with the school's campus (murals everywhere), and more importantly the caliber of the students. The English Club asked me to speak to some of their students and it was so interesting to hear about their backgrounds--many of whom studied in the States in an exchange program.

Left to right:  Carlos, Gaby, Diana, and Xavier

I met with Carlos, Gaby, Xavier and Diana all of whom are studying different majors (social marketing, accounting to electrical engineering) and their English is perfect! It was interesting to listen to their goals, their dreams and aspirations after graduation. As with many of the universities in Cuenca, there are English Clubs to help students refine their skills in speaking; however, I have to say that these students don't need improvement! They are incredibly bright, energetic and sincere. I count it a privilege to be able to learn from them and hopefully to shed some light on problems and challenges that they may face in the future as they enter their chosen professions. 

Today I spoke at the University of Cuenca about Living and Retiring in Cuenca and the emerging expat explosion in Cuenca. I think it's just starting to sink in about how the tourism industry of Cuenca will be booming in the next few years and how they're going to have to accommodate the influx of foreigners--many of whom will be staying long-term. They're being proactive in their thinking and realize their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Cuenca will look much differently in five years, but the heart of the city will remain the same--the cultural capital of Ecuador.

We can already see the makings of a new transportation system "tranvia" (tram) that will encircle the city and the problem areas like the "redondel" on Avenida de las Americas will soon divert traffic under a tunnel which will create a lot less confusion during peak traffic times.

Future planning will determine the future of Cuenca and the city is working hard toward a plan that will accommodate not only its present residents, but for tourists who may someday call Cuenca home! So if you're planning a trip to Cuenca, now is the time to visit (December - February).

And now back to my Christmas shopping via the online stores. Our son left us an iPhone during his recent visit to Cuenca and I just found the perfect little gadget to "park" it!

Until next time...hasta luego!

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