Paul: Paul Acee's Ecuador
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Ecuador, etc.
I was born and raised in California and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1980 and lived there for 34 years, before stopping off in Napa, California on my way to Ecuador to retire. I worked in and around manufacturing in management for most of my career.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
My plan to start blogging began when I decided to do my own pensioners residency visa without an attorney. There is an incredible amount of misinformation about the requirements that I had to sort through on the Internet. All of the correct information is on the Internet but it's scattered all over the place. My idea was to pull it all together in one location so others wouldn't have to go through what I did and that's exactly what I've done. Now though I mostly blog about life in Ecuador and things to do.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Probably my post about “Blacksmiths” Road in Cuenca. When I can write a post that combines a little history with today those are my favorite. I had a lot of fun writing that one.
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?
I did an incredible amount of research so my transition was pretty much seamless and it's exactly what I was looking for.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Ecuador? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I wouldn't change a thing. I'm extremely content here.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Just yesterday I was at a store buying some groceries and I was at the checkout line. Some music was playing in the background and an Ecuadorian male was singing along, “I need you, I love you!” My checker, a female, and the female checker behind me and myself were dying laughing. It was hilarious.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Ecuador?
Three tips, research, research, research.
How is the expat community in Ecuador? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I live in Cuenca which has a sizable expat community. There's an overwhelming number of activities and events that like-minded expats can engage in so it's very easy to participate in as many or as few as you'd like.
How would you summarize your expat life in Ecuador in a single, catchy sentence?
Tourists come and go but I get to stay here on a permanent vacation.