Jack: Journeymanjack In Ecuador
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Ecuador, etc.
Jack Abercrombie at the age of 45 years old (Native of Atlanta, GA. USA) moved to Quito, Ecuador in September 2008, but I go all over the Ecuador Coast & N & S Andes doing introductory / exploratory tours, to the tune of about 20,000 km's per / year.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I began my blog back in 2011, mainly to keep friends & family updated on my adventures in Ecuador.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
My favorite blog for 2014: Happy Veterans Day from Mindo, Ecuador (NOV 2014).
Tell us about the ways your new life in Ecuador differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Back home I sold heavy equipment, and I brought that trade with me to Ecuador, and still do dabble in it, but since the 2008 downturn it has gotten slower & slower, as I have balanced my time in tours & relocation to Ecuador. In the last 2-3 years the tours has out flourished the equipment sales...and it's more fun!
Before coming to Ecuador I had traveled in the Equipment Sales Business to much of Europe, N. Africa & the Middle East. Coming to Ecuador did not give me that much culture shock, other than shockingly surprised at the year round comfortably nice temperatures and very friendly locals.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Ecuador? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Yes, I believe I was ready, I wish I would have done it 15 - 20 years earlier is all that I would change.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
When I first arrived, playing Foosball (table soccer / fútbol) took some adjusting to, as the rules were different from back home, but after a few days I got the knack of the differences, and I became a highly sought after partner, and we usually Won!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Ecuador?
If they have traveled a good bit, come on down and fit in where you can get in. If you have not traveled much, I feel you should come down for a 1 - 2 -3 month exploration before moving.
How is the expat community in Ecuador? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It is tighter knit in some areas of Ecuador than others. Metro Quito is a large City with heavy traffic; it is not all that easy for folks with different schedules to get together at various times. I have a small core group that I met right away, and we still get together and hang out maybe every 30 - 45 days. I made friends the first week or 2, and we still are, I found it to be easy, but I am a people person and easy to get along with.
How would you summarize your expat life in Ecuador in a single, catchy sentence?
Hanging in here living in the moment, and loving every minute of it.