Amelia and JP in Cuenca Ecuador

Gringos, Expats & Vegans Abroad

Is It Easy to Be Vegan in Cuenca

Is It Easy to Be Vegan in Cuenca Ecuador? (Episode 76)

A few of our viewers have asked us, “Is it easy to be vegan in Cuenca Ecuador?” So we thought we’d record a video discussing this topic. We think it’s VERY easy to be vegan in Cuenca, and here are our top 7 reasons why…

Day In Our Life During Carnaval 2019 in Cuenca

1 Day In Our Life During Carnaval 2019 in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 75)

Another beautiful, tranquilo Sunday in Cuenca Ecuador and another Day In Our Life video. We logged over 24,000 steps walking around Cuenca, and we share many of those steps with you.

It’s Carnaval here in Cuenca, which means you need to watch out for water balloons and spray foam. It’s tradition to get people wet by any means possible during the week leading up to Ash Wednesday. We barely missed getting hit by two water balloons thrown from a moving car on our way home from Supermaxi on Friday. The threat is real, people.

Gentle Minimalism

Gentle Minimalism: Why We Sold ALL Our Stuff (Episode 74)

This is the story of why we sold all of our stuff, downsized into a tiny apartment, and moved to Ecuador with four suitcases. Going gentle minimalist has liberated us from the weight of our possessions while drastically reducing our footprint on this tiny blue planet.

After two surgeries to fix my spine, we had a tough decision to make. We either had to refinance our house to get a smaller payment we could afford, or we needed to sell it and do something completely different. After several months of discussion, analysis and convincing (I had to convince Amelia it was the right thing to do), we decided to sell the house and everything in it.

Best Dentist in Cuenca Ecuador 2019

A Trip to the Best Dentist in Cuenca for 2019 – Dr. Grace Ordoñez (Episode 73)

We’ve had several questions about our medical and dental experiences here in Cuenca Ecuador so we thought we’d share our dental experience with you in this video.

I went to Dr. Grace for a cleaning back in July, and was really impressed with her office and staff, and her knowledge and skill as a dentist. She was recommended to us by some gringo friends of ours.

Since then, she also won the Best Dentist in Cuenca Award for 2019 from This award is given based on the number of votes from mostly gringos who frequent (which is most of us).

Amelia went to Dr. Grace for a cleaning in December, which is when she found out about the poor state of her old fillings. Several had mercury, which is horrible for human health in ANY amount. And others had been worn down due to Amelia’s night clenching. She also decided to get a nightguard to help protect her teeth from more damage….

Lower Cajas National Park - Cuenca Ecuador

Hiking in Lower Cajas National Park – Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 72)

We went on another hiking adventure just 40 minutes west of Cuenca to Lower Cajas, which is part of Cajas National Park.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to drive from highway 582 to the trailhead parking lot. It was free to enter, but we had to show our cedulas (or passports would work). There are no food services so bring your own snacks….

Top 10 Things We Love About Ecuador + 5 Things We Don't Love

Top 10 Things We LOVE About Cuenca Ecuador + Top 5 Things We Don’t Love (Episode 71)

We’ve had several requests for a video covering the things we love about Cuenca Ecuador, as well as some of the things we don’t love. That was the inspiration for this video sharing the Pros and Cons of Cuenca Ecuador. If you have any questions about living in Cuenca or would like us to make a video on a specific topic, please let us know in the comments….

San Francisco Plaza Cuenca + Old Cathedral Tour + Vegan Lunch at Funky Sauce Cuenca

San Francisco Plaza Cuenca + Old Cathedral Tour + Vegan Lunch at Funky Sauce Cuenca (Episode 70)

This was our day of firsts. It was the first time we visited the newly renovated San Francisco Plaza here in Cuenca Ecuador. It was the first time we toured the Old Cathedral art museum. And it was our first time having lunch at Funky Sauce, a new vegan and vegetarian restaurant here in Cuenca on the corner of 3 de Noviembre y Benigno Malo by the Tomebamba River…

Novaqua Hot Springs Tour - Baños Cuenca

Novaqua Hot Springs Tour in Baños Cuenca (Episode 69)

After a busy day of work, we decided to go to Novaqua in Baños Azuay just outside of Cuenca. It’s one of several spas in Baños Azuay with hot springs pools. While we enjoy the other places, we prefer Novaqua because it’s adults only.

If you have kids or enjoy listening to kids play, we recommend Hostería Durán, which is just a short walk from Novaqua. It has a nice kid’s pool, as well as a nice thermal bath room that’s perfect for relaxing. The last time we went to Hostería Durán, it cost $8 per adult and I believe they also have kids rates. However, their kitchen is not very vegan friendly so be sure to take snacks….

Valentine's Day in Cuenca 2019 + Aphrodisiac Dinner at Café Libre

Valentine’s Day in Cuenca 2019 + Aphrodisiac Dinner at Café Libre (Episode 68)

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cuenca Ecuador!!!

Our friends Jimmy and Sharon who recently moved to Cuenca from the US requested a Valentine’s Day video and we were happy to oblige.

I was going to make it a surprise, but I decided against it because that’s not really who we are. We’re very practical people and I would rather have Amelia pick out her favorite flowers and chocolates instead of trying to guess what she wants. And she chose flowers and chocolates that I would have never bought, so everything worked out.

We also had a very special Valentine’s Day Dinner at Café Libre in Cuenca. This was an experience we’ll remember for the rest of our lives!

Vegan Skin Care Cuenca Ecuador

Vegan Skin Care in Cuenca Ecuador with Dr. Rosy (Episode 67)

Our good friend and vegan doctor, Rosy, gave us both facials in this video. The treatments that Rosy has given Amelia have removed lots of skin damage. Amelia may not look it, but she’s 50 years old! Our whole-food plant-based diet combined with Rosy’s vegan chemical peels have literally taken years off of Amelia’s appearance.

With my fair skin, I’ve had a lifelong battle with the sun. Several years ago, I did a multi-week chemical peel prescribed by a dermatologist back in the States to remove the pre-cancer cells covering my entire face. It was a long and very painful process. It left my face a bright shade of red for months. It did work, though. All those pesky pre-cancer cells were destroyed…