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100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Crowder

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As a long-time resident of Ecuador, I can say with certainty that you won’t find a book like this with profound cultural insights, Do's and Don’ts, as well as invaluable ‘must-know’ information on what to expect when setting up residence in Ecuador. In this book, Nicholas Crowder draws on his 30-plus years’ years of first-hand experience in Ecuador, marrying into an Ecuadorian family, and dealing with locals and situations on all levels. While many of the “how to” books are written from the personal perspective of one or two people who have lived here in Ecuador for a few years.... Crowder hits us with bulleted fact after fact, replete with colorful anecdotes; this is an easy and entertaining read. Your life in Ecuador may very well depend on it!
Margaret Goodhart – Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge - Otavalo, Ecuador

This book is not a sugar-laden milkshake of feel-good, fuzzy dribble telling you what a paradise Ecuador is for expatriates. For over 32 years author Nicholas Crowder has been intimately involved in a deep study of this intricate and complex country. The author shares his vast knowledge, rare insight and experience of an often misunderstood hierarchical and patriarchal society, that can grind up and spit out an expat before they know it. The information contained in this book will arm potential future expats with valuable inside cultural information that is invaluable for anyone researching Ecuador as a living destination. If you are already an expat in Ecuador, much of the information contained in this book will also enhance your current knowledge of what Mr. Crowder refers to as the “Emerald of the Andes”.

This book will provide you with literally hundreds of nuggets of information that anyone considering moving to or already living in Ecuador will find pertinent. Ecuador is different than anywhere you have been and it is not what it appears to be on the surface. Having a deeper knowledge of the culture will enhance your quality of life in Ecuador.

Don’t misunderstand; the author holds a deep love and respect for Ecuador. His purpose is to inform others about the complications of this fascinating country in order to increase the reader’s chances of having a successful experience in Ecuador.

This book also provides readers no holds barred interviews with expatriates who have left Ecuador and those who are currently residing there. And, the author also provides relevant inside secrets of living in Ecuador from an infamous and often misunderstood Ecuadorian, "Don Nadie" who tells you the way it is in Ecuador.

Thinking of moving to Cuenca? This book will reveal little known information as to why Cuenca is one of the most attractive places for expatriates. To many expatriates the people from Cuenca are known as Cuencanos but, revealed here is another name which is not widely known as to how Cuencanos are known by throughout Ecuador.

If you dream of moving to Ecuador to open a business, this book will disclose some of the critical pitfalls of operating an enterprise in Ecuador.
If you are visiting Ecuador as a tourist, you will find it full of cultural cues and do's and don'ts to enhance your travel.
Word Count 80,476

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Crowder Publications; 1 edition (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for anyone interested in Ecuador 22 July 2013
By Badgett - Published on
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I just finished Mr. Crowder's new book and I recommend it for anyone living or vacationing in Ecuador. A must read if you're only thinking about moving or visiting. Don't let the title make you think it's a small work. When you get to tip #100 you're only about 35% through the book. (más o menos)
Most books about retiring abroad are written by folks who are still in the "honeymoon" phase of their move. They are wearing blinders and tinted glasses and they don't see any negatives. Or at least they don't share any negatives.
This book has plenty of negatives, which is what you need when researching such an important decision as choosing a retirement country. All countries have plenty of negatives but it usually takes many visits or a long stay to realize the true picture.
The book may even cause some to take Ecuador off their list, but that is okay, because it is far better to get a good look at the warts before you make the move. The purpose of the book is not to dissuade folks from moving or visiting but to give an honest overview of all there is to experience in this complicated little country.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Important Point Covered! The GO-TO Book! 18 July 2013
By Susan - Published on
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This is how-to and a how-not-to book for those considering moving or retiring to Ecuador, but I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Ecuador or thinking of expatriating to any country in South America or Central America.

100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador By Nicholas Crowder covers every important point you need to know before making the move to Ecuador ... and then some! Its outline form of narrative keeps the pace moving quickly yet allows readers to reference those points they want to return to for future reading. Additional facts make this a great source for finding informative websites and vetted professionals.

Nicholas Crowder doesn't hide the fact that his background is in security and law enforcement and he doesn't sugar coat the very true realities of living in Ecuador -- he educates the reader and provides them with information on how they can live safely and securely and enjoy the country he obviously loves.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things I Wish I Had Known 23 July 2013
By Tricialee - Published on
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I read this book after having moved to Ecuador and I wish it had been available prior to that decision. Having spent almost two years living there, I have to say Mr. Crowder really hit the nail on the head with his insights into the culture of the country. The book is full of little details that really should be considered by anyone thinking of making Ecuador their new home. Alas, I was one of the many who fell "out of love" with the country during my stay there. It, for me, is a wonderful place to visit but trying to live there was difficult to say the least. Had I had the information available in this book, I may not have made the move! If anyone has reservations regarding such a move, read this book first!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Information 25 July 2013
By AzItLies - Published on
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At first it was pretty depressing regarding all the negativity, but it's better to know up front rather than when it may be too late.

It seems many Expats go to Ecuador thinking it will be just like 'Home', if you're smart you'll read this book and realize things will be very different in many important ways, and hopefully people will get from it also that they shouldn't try to change the culture and its people.

My hats off to Mr Crowder for sharing his vast knowledge of Ecuador and making the book affordable, well done.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you are considering moving to Ecuador 26 May 2014
By Alisha King - Published on
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My husband and I have been living in Ecuador for over 4 years and it was refreshing to read a book that is honest about the culture differences. My husband advised me not to read the book since it validated my intuition of Ecuador and Ecuadorians in a very short period of time after moving here. We had visited Ecuador before making the final move (3 times for me, 5 times for my husband). There is a vast difference between visiting and living here. Once living here, our intention was to relate mostly to Ecuadorians and get more involved in the culture. We were in a situation where it was easy for us to meet Ecuadorians and be more involved from the very beginning. There was not a positive outcome from this intention. We were very naive in reference to culture differences. For me, personally, it is easier to accept the culture differences when there is the honest look at reality. Living here without acknowledging the culture differences is like having an elephant in the room. Everyone sees it, but no one talks about it.

Before moving here, it is good to take an honest look at oneself and the culture differences before making a permanent move. They may dress like us and seem like us in many ways but that is an illusion There are vast differences! No better or worse, just different!

Ecuador is a beautiful country and there are many +'s to living here. However, reading this book before making a permanent move is highly recommended!
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