Overall, we feel safe here in Olón Ecuador during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, but we still have a few fears. Living in a rural area in a developing nation during a worldwide crisis without easy access to quality medical care is a bit unnerving. We’re doing the best we can under the circumstances and trying to stay safe and positive.
Our detailed videos, photos and blog posts about Olón Ecuador help remove some of the mystery and uncertainty for those of you considering a visit or move here. If you already live here, you might learn about some new things to do, new places to go, new restaurants to check out, and more.
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In our last vlog, we introduced you to the team of volunteers helping to feed the unemployed, elderly, disabled and families of Olón Ecuador now. In this vlog, the team took us to the community garden that’s being built to help feed the people in the future.
Thanks to your EXTREME generosity, we are able to continue feeding the people of Olón who are unable to work during the coronavirus quarantine. Up to 90% of the people in this area rely on tourism for their income so without tourism, they don’t have jobs and without jobs, they don’t have money to buy food.
Wow! This is our 200th VLOG! And what better way to celebrate than showing Amelia learning how to surf just a couple weeks before the world went on lockdown!
It felt a little too post-apocalyptic walking from Olón to Montañita Ecuador this morning because there were no cabs, no buses for weeks and no ATM to get cash. My mind kept replaying, “It’s the end of the world as we know it…” by REM. Not a comforting thought!
We just finished our first full week of quarantine here in Olón Ecuador. We’ve been staying busy with work so the time is going by quickly, but we’re definitely have good and bad days.
I was able to launch Mini from our front porch this morning and she captured a truly surreal sight: an empty beach in Olón Ecuador during high season.
Several new government issued safety measures are going into effect tomorrow morning so we needed to go to Montañita to pay our Claro bill and get some cash from the ATM. We’re concerned that we won’t be able to go between Olón and Montañita once the new isolation protocol is in effect, and since there’s no longer an ATM in Olón, we were a bit concerned.
We filmed this yesterday in Olón and Montañita Ecuador as we went about our normal daily lives during the Coronavirus pandemic. A lot has happened since then, including Ecuador closing its borders. We’ll share an update video on the Coronavirus in Ecuador tomorrow. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this little distraction.
We’ve been getting lots of questions about why we left Cuenca and why we chose Olón Ecuador over Salinas or any of the other lower altitude cities in Ecuador. In this video, we an answer those questions as we walk around (and a fly over) Olón.
We’re Amelia And JP, American expats from the U.S. living our unconventional life in Ecuador. We share things like cost of living, safety info, property & neighborhood tours, lessons learned, things to do, ugly truths, city comparisons, etc. so you know what it’s REALLY like to live in Ecuador.