Day In The Life Videos

If you’re contemplating a move abroad, our Day In The Life videos provide a glimpse into what your life might look like as an expat. There are lots of entertaining things to do to keep yourself busy and fulfilled.

Tiny Ecuador Beach Town of Las Núñez Ecuador + Penthouse AirBnB Tour (Mavic Mini Drone)

Amelia and JP VLOG 193: Join us as we share a drone and walking tour of Las Núñez, a tiny little beach town on Ecuador’s south central coast.

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Here’s a link to the AirBnB featured in this video: Penthouse view from the hill at Las Nunez Ecuador.

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How WE Got Pickpocketed on a SHORT Bus Ride in Ecuador!

Amelia and JP VLOG 192: We’ve talked about it often but it never happened to us, until now. We were taking a short 50 cent bus ride from Olón to Montañita Ecuador when our pocket got picked and we lost an iPhone 6 worth several hundred dollars.

We made a mistake. Simple as that. We walked up to the taxi stop to catch a cab from Olón to Montañita, but there were no taxis. Instead, a bus came along and it was hot so we decided to hop on. What we didn’t realize was the bus was completely full! Standing room only!

Since we had it in our heads that we were taking a cab, we weren’t mentally or physically prepared for a jam packed bus so we hadn’t secured our valuables. If this happens again, we will turn around and get back off the bus to avoid being swarmed and pickpocketed.

Besides, my balance is horrible due to the nerve damage caused by my spinal injury so it’s unsafe for me to ride standing up on a speedy, jerky bus. We were both holding on for dear life with both hands, leaving my pockets and Amelia’s bag exposed and easy to access.

We only took our eye off the ball for a minute, but that’s all it took for a skilled pickpocket to steal our old iPhone. We won’t make that mistake again.

Here’s some more information on the Red-masked Parakeet that we saw in the video: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-masked_parakeet

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Sunday in Olón Ecuador: Mercados, Walk Around Town + Sunset Beach Walk w/ Mini (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 190: This is our first day in the life video from our new pueblito on the coast of Ecuador. We took Daisy for a morning walk on the beach before heading up to the mercaditos just a few blocks from our condo here in Olón Ecuador.

We also walked back over to an artisanal bakery across the street from the mercaditos, but it has been closed for the past week. The guy at the traditional Ecuadorian bakery next door told us the owner has been really sick. Hopefully they feel better soon!

Since we can’t drink the tap water here, we also shared how we wash our fruits and veggies before wrapping up the video with a sunset walk along the beach. We’re not sure what the yellow flowering trees are called. If someone knows, please let us know in the comments.

Here are the Instagram accounts for the two people we met on our walk around Olón: Garrett Galvan and Nina Ragusa. We also featured them in this video: Amazing Tips for Living & Working Abroad from Garrett Galvan & Where In The World Is Nina!

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The Universe Taught Us a Lesson on our Move from Cuenca to Olón Ecuador (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 188: Our move to Olón from Cuenca Ecuador is complete! We’re now officially beach dwellers!

For the most part, the move was very smooth, but the Universe had one major test waiting for us upon our arrival that was a reminder to embrace our tranquilo, let go of the outcome and trust that everything will work out alright in the end.

We’ve been posting updates, photos and videos (including drone videos!) to our Instagram and Facebook accounts since we’ve been here so be sure to go check those out and remember to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

If you would like us to connect you with Edwin (our driver), Deb Anderson (our real estate agent in Olón) or Gabby (our translator), drop us a note through our contact form.

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Beautiful Flowers of Cuenca Ecuador + A VERY Special Return Guest!

Amelia and JP VLOG 187: If you love flowers, the summer months of January – March are a great time to visit Cuenca Ecuador! The linear parks along Cuenca’s 4 rivers are in full bloom and it’s quite the sight to see! We hope you enjoy our walk along the Yanuncay River near Tres Puentes (Three Bridges).

For beautiful photos and short video clips of Ecuador, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

We also featured Professor Pat’s Carolina BBQ Sauce in this video. Pat and his wife Connie are long-time subscribers and patrons on Patreon who now live in Cuenca. Pat has been making his BBQ Sauce for 30 years back in the States and now sells a vegan, oil-free version of it in his new unconventional life abroad. He gave us a free jar and it’s DAMN GOOD! Muy delicioso! He also sells real, homemade vanilla extract and various spices that are hard to find in Ecuador.

And last but not least, our return guests were Mico and Asya. We featured them in a video about Mico’s Oasis Verde during our visit to Vilcabamba Ecuador: Vilcabamba Ecuador Tour + Mico’s Oasis Verde (2019). They recently moved to Cuenca to open a new, high-end fusion plant-based restaurant called El Oasis located near San Sebas. They’re planning to open sometime in March. We’re SO EXCITED!!! And we were so honored to be invited to their new home for delicious plant-based paella. It was AMAZING!!! You can follow them and track their grand opening on their Facebook Page: El Oasis Cuenca.

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Over the DESERT and through the JUNGLE from Cuenca to Machala Ecuador to apply for my VISA (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 181: We’re working with Maite Duran from GringoVisas to get our Permanent Residency Visa for Ecuador. She prefers going to the government office in Machala to file the visa applications so we made the trek from Cuenca to Machala Ecuador on Thursday to file our paperwork.

After a short break at the Ruta 59 Rest Area for some drinks and fruit (about half way between Cuenca and Machala), we descended down out of lush green farmland into an arid landscape devoid of nearly all vegetation.

When most people think of Ecuador, they picture jungles and the majestic Andes Mountain Range; they don’t often picture a desert. However, a desert is exactly what we drove through on the second half of our journey just past Yunguilla Valley.

Despite it being desert, there has been a lot of rain over the past year causing several landslides. We spent 10 to 15 minutes waiting for one of the landslides to be repaired and a scary couple minutes driving along the edge of a cliff once traffic started moving again.

After exiting the tunnel on the south side of the desert near the hydro dam shown in the video, we were greeted by more lush greenery and eventually descended into the jungle full of banana trees.

Once we exited the jungle and reached the plains, it took another 30 minutes or so to get to Machala, which is a port city with about 250,000 people (somewhat smaller than Cuenca).

The entire trip took about 3.5 hours in each direction, and we spent about 3 hours waiting for our applications to get submitted.

We love living in Ecuador and we’re very excited that we filed my permanent residency visa paperwork. I should (hopefully) receive the approval and the official visa in 3 to 4 weeks. Then they’ll file Amelia’s Dependent Visa application and she’ll receive her’s in another 3 to 4 weeks after that. We’ll keep you updated on the progress!

If you need help with your Ecuador residency visa, contact Maite at GringoVisas.com or another visa agent. That’s above our pay grade.

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Monigote Tradition Explained (Cuenca Ecuador 2019)

Amelia and JP VLOG 177: It’s New Year’s Eve Eve and we learned all about the tradition of burning monigotes or años viejos as part of the New Year celebration. Christina and Andrea, our Spanish teachers from Walking Spanish Lessons, explained the various elements of the tradition as part of our class. Then we burned our monigote or effigy to cast off the old, negative energy and welcome in the new, positive energy. It was a lot of fun!

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Ecuador Holiday Traditions: Pase del Nino Viajero Christmas Eve Parade Cuenca Ecuador (2019)

Amelia and JP VLOG 176: Feliz Navidad!!! We ventured down to El Centro in Cuenca Ecuador yesterday to watch the annual Christmas Eve Pase del Niño Viajero Parade (Passing of the Traveling Child). We had so much fun watching the dancing and seeing the colors!

In this video, we’ll talk about some of the traditions that you see in the parade, like the cars and horses covered in candy and sweets, and the dancing around the maypole or Baile de Cintas.

And a big thank you to Marcia Torres Guerra, one of our amazing patrons on Patreon who sent us an amazing gift via her sister Maria Lorena from MLT Art! If you would like an awesome gift or heirloom quality art for your home, you can get almost any image carved into wood and hand-painted. ¡Es increíble!

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Cuenca at Night & Holiday Lights (Christmas Eve 2019 Cuenca Ecuador)

Amelia and JP VLOG 175: Christmas Eve in Cuenca Ecuador is bustling with activity. Upon popular request, we filmed Cuenca at night along with the holiday lights.

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Our Bus Ride of Terror to Puerto Lopez Ecuador (and our return to zen)

Amelia and JP VLOG 171: After one of the worst bus rides we’ve experienced in over 2 years in Ecuador (from La Entrada to Puerto Lopez), we found our zen on the beautiful beach of Puerto Lopez.

We ended up taking a taxi back from Puerto Lopez to La Entrada, mainly because we didn’t want a repeat of our crazy bus ride there. We also wanted to be able to see the beautiful scenery on the Ruta del Sol highway, and it was amazing. The taxi ride cost $20 and we got to practice our Spanish with Carlos (a very safe driver) the whole way!

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