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Be INSPIRED and Be WHOEVER you want in Ecuador! An UNCONVENTIONAL Origin Story…

Amelia And JP VLOG 248: Adventure! Romance! Entrepreneurship! Unconventional Life Choices! This video has it all!

Join us as we share the inspirational story of two unconventional expats from Sweden and Argentina who found their home, their future, and their love in Ecuador!

After moving from Vilcabamba to Olón, Johan and Anahi started MOMO, one of Olón’s most successful gourmet restaurants serving fusion cuisine with a variety of delicious and artistically presented dishes for every palate preference.

They also have a gourmet store, which sells a variety of local, as well as hard-to-find, speciality items.

For the entrepreneurs among us, they share what it’s like to own and operate a business that employs more than a dozen local Ecuadorians.

And as expats from the United States, we especially enjoyed hearing why two expats from other countries chose Ecuador over EVERY other place they visited, and why they love this magical country as much as we do!

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Expats in Ecuador from Queens NYC: A Truly Unconventional, Heartwarming & Inspiring Story!

Amelia and JP VLOG 224: We have the great honor of sharing the inspirational and unconventional expat story of Luis and Kimberly from Soluna Sanctuary & Tea House.

They turned a job layoff in New York City into a lifelong dream of living on their very own farm in the Ecuadorian Countryside. Soluna Sanctuary is located near Dos Mangas, about 20 minutes southeast of Olón.

To contact them directly for tea, a massage or to schedule a tour of their sanctuary, check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolunaCafeAndTeaBar

 


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When people are starving, so are their dogs and cats. Meet the fur babies’ favorite people.

Donate to help us feed the beautiful dogs and cats here in Olón and surrounding areas: https://ameliaandjp.com/ecuador-food-fundraiser/

Amelia and JP VLOG 208: We’ve been raising money to feed the elderly, disabled and jobless families in this area, as well as their fur babies, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this video, we met up with the volunteers at Coastal Animal Rescue of Ecuador in La Curía, a small comuna just north of Olón. These volunteers are doing the hard work to make sure the dog and cat food gets to the right people.

 


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Beautiful Flowers of Cuenca Ecuador

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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Our Visit to Cuenca’s Former Jail: Parque de la Libertad

Amelia and JP VLOG 185: Our amazing Spanish teacher, Christina from Walking Spanish Lessons, took us to Parque de la Libertad in Cuenca Ecuador for our Spanish class and a history lesson.

We actually filmed this video back in November, but it never fit into our posting schedule so we’re sharing it now. If you would like an amazing Spanish teacher, you can contact Christina through her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WSLspanishlessons/

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Meet Sara, Luca and Lucky LeAw from Leave Everything and Wander!!! (Van Life in Ecuador)

Amelia and JP VLOG 172: We met Sara and Luca from LeAw Leave Everything and Wander a couple weeks ago in Cuenca Ecuador. They are an amazing and inspiring couple who are driving from north Alaska to the south of Argentina in a 1990 Ford F250 with a camper. We were so happy to meet them and hear the story of their nomadic van life.

They also interviewed us for their channel. Check it out and be sure to subscribe to their channel!

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Cuenca Ecuador Neighborhoods

Xavier from Apartamentos Otorongo showed us the outer neighborhoods of Cuenca in this Cuenca Ecuador Neighborhood Tour. In addition to owning and operating Apartamentos Otorongo, Xavier offers city tours and a variety of other more adventurous outdoor activities in Ecuador.

Cuenca’s Outer Neighborhoods

Cuenca Outer Neighborhood Map

We started our Cuenca neighborhood tour in Turi to get a bird’s eye view of the city, then we worked our way east of town before looping back to the north and then west.

  1. Turi
  2. Ciudadela de los Ingenieros
  3. Machangara
  4. Challuabamba
  5. Colinas de Challuabamba
  6. Cebollar
  7. San Joaquín

Cuenca’s Inner Neighborhoods

Cuenca Inner Neighborhood Map

We haven’t toured all of the inner neighborhoods yet, but we have videos from several of them. We’ll keep this updated when we have more.

  1. El Centro
  2. San Sebas
  3. Gringolandia
  4. El Batan
  5. Sucre
  6. Don Bosco
  7. El Vergel
  8. Cañaribamba
  9. Totoracocha
  10. Miraflores

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VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca Ecuador

We get a lot of questions about home healthcare and elder care options here in Cuenca Ecuador, so we interviewed the founders of VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca to get some answers.

The Team

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca Team sm

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca was founded by Bruce, Pauline and Vinu. Bruce and Vinu have the business experience; Pauline is a registered nurse who performed more than 50 heart and lung transplants back in India before moving to Cuenca.

Since living in Cuenca, Pauline has provided in-home nursing services on her own, and now as the manager of a team of 15 to 20 doctors, nurses and other staff members.

The business started with Bruce as a client of Pauline’s. Bruce’s wife has advanced dementia and requires constant care. The demand for Pauline’s nursing services sparked the idea for VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca.

Services

VIP Home Healthcare provides a whole range of services, from nursing and homecare, all the way through to end of life.

Here are some of the services they provide:

  • Implement doctor’s instructions
  • Medication
  • IVs
  • Prescription Pickup
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Escort to Appointments
  • Post-Op Recovery
  • Short and Long-term Care
  • Dementia Care
  • End-of-Life Services – Legal Docs, Power of Attorney, Cremation
  • Language Translation
  • Errands
  • Housekeeping
  • Cooking
  • And more…

Costs

The cost of services varies depending on the type of care needed, days per week and hours per day. However, you can expect to pay roughly 1/3 the price in Cuenca compared to a similar level of service back in the States or Canada.

Insurance is currently not accepted, but they are investigating options.

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Cuenca Expats Magazine Interview w/ Ed Lindquist

We had the great privilege of interviewing Ed Lindquist, Managing Partner of Cuenca Expats Magazine. He shared his knowledge and expertise of Cuenca’s expat population, as well as his experience starting a business in Cuenca Ecuador.

About Ed Lindquist

Ed Lindquist moved from the US and has been living in Cuenca, Ecuador for 6 years. He started Cuenca Expats Magazine with Maite Duran from GringoVisas over four years ago and has become a respected fixture in both the expat and Cuencano community.

With an extensive background in business, Ed is helping Cuencano entrepreneurs improve their marketing and promotion skills while helping connect Cuenca’s expat community.

About Cuenca Expats Magazine

Cuenca Expats Magazine is a monthly community magazine specifically for expats. Its goal is to introduce expats to each other, as well as help them connect with Cuencano businesses.

If you would like to download the last edition of the magazine, click here: ExpatsMags.com. You can also find the free magazine at several stores around Cuenca.

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Food With Friends Featuring Olesya

This is our first “Food With Friends” episode on Amelia And JP. We have several friends in Cuenca who have asked us to help them cook more plant-based meals so we thought we’d share the experiences with everyone.

In this episode, Olesya joined us to make our Tofu Scramble recipe, and we also improvised a sweet potato recipe to go with it. The Tofu Scramble recipe can be found on our sister recipe and meal plan website, LottaVeg.com. We haven’t published the new sweet potato dish yet but we do have another Sweet Potato Hash recipe that’s delicious.

Olesya is transitioning to a full vegan diet and already eats mostly plant-based. Over coffee one morning, she mentioned that she hated tofu, mainly because she didn’t know how to prepare it. So we invited her over to share our delicious Tofu Scramble recipe, which she loved! Now, she wants to come back for our Easy Vegan Lasagna made with Tofu Ricotta so look for a future video with Olesya.

See More: Food With Friends Featuring Rachel + Weird Exotic Fruit Tasting (Episode 50)

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