One challenge in Cuenca, Ecuador is that there are no long arm quilters. If you make a quilt, you will need to quilt it by hand or machine. There are no wonderful long-arm experts around.
So I thought I’d note that if you are a long arm quilter around retirement age, thinking of moving to another country for your retirement dollars to stretch much farther, then please consider moving to Cuenca, EC. You can read tons of information by searching blogs about Ecuador and specifically Cuenca.
Cuenca, in a nutshell, is high in the Andes mountains, 8300 ft alt, but people here have never seen snow or walked on ice. It does not get too cold or too hot. But it is NOT tropical = humid and hot. It rarely gets over 75 degrees. It ALWAYS cools off at night. The months of July-Aug are the coolest. We often get a little rain each day. Sometimes we get a few days of rain. But the climate is wonderful unless you are expecting white sand and hot breezes. Cuenca is a world heritage city with many very old churches and neighborhoods. The water in Cuenca specifically is safe to drink for most people. A few people drink bottled water just to be safe – its all up to you.
There is petty crime here – pick pockets, people who grab your phone if you have it out on the street, but remember there is petty crime wherever you are in the world. The greater the poverty, the greater the liklihood that someone will grab your expensive phone or tablet. And yet, I was more frightened of being harmed when I was in the Beaverton, OREGON social security office, waiting my turn. Ironic, huh?
The US has a level of irritation, road rage, shootings that are not seen here. People here ask me “How can your children be in a school and someone could shoot them?” What do I answer? It baffles me every time there is another shooting. Remember when airliners were being highjacked often – probably in the early 1970’s I’m guessing. Well, the US figured out how to manage that problem. Come on, USA, you can find a way to resolve this excessive gun problem. Pandora’s worries are out of the box but citizens must find a way to contain these huge problems.
Back to the long-arm quilter, there would be some work here for you. It is not a large quilting community but you also could pull from Guayaquil (3 million people – some of them must quilt) and Quito (1.5 million people).
Please think about it. It is an opportunity to live in another culture, learn another language or brush up on your Spanish, serve the ex-pat community which is mostly US and Canadians who quilt, and explore the most species-diverse country on the planet.