During my one month stay in the South of Ecuador, I have met more conational than I would regularly meet on an all-inclusive vacation in the Caribbean’s. I am always intrigued by the alacrity that friendships are forged between fellows’ expats or travellers. I would even dare to say there is something almost mystical about it.
On normal conditions, the same people would not bond so fast, or maybe, not at all, while being in their own countries.
By when you are abroad, everyone seems more open, friendlier. Travelling makes you more humble, it is true. It helps you understand yourself better. It makes you be a better person. It opens your eyes and allows you to see the real values. It enables you to detach yourself from the materialistic world you live in.
By seeing how others live, better or worse, you inevitably compare your life standard with them. That's when you understand how lucky you are. Then you learn to see the positive in every situation.
Thus, you become more aware of your weaknesses and your strength. Knowing your limitations is one of the things you need in order to be happy. No wonder people say happiness comes from within!
During this trip I met two former asphalt contractors Edmonton. Two brothers in law, travelling with their families. This was their due diligence trip. They were thinking to move to Ecuador.
They told me that they have been scouting most of the country. They had spent about three weeks visiting all the coastal areas, from the northern province of Esmeraldas, to the city of Machala.
From their stories, I gathered that Canoas was the most beautiful beach in the whole country. Canoa is just a few miles away from Bahia de Caraquez, and it has a wide beach. It is one of the underdeveloped beaches, thus the services provided are close to zero.
My Canadian fellows said they fell in love with the province of Azuay, and with the city of Cuenca. I confessed that I shared the same feeling. This was my third trip to Ecuador, and each time I made a point of staying at least a few days in this marvellous city.
It was love at first sight. I was mesmerized by its beauty and its unique architectural style. I love to walk on the small narrow cobbled streets and gaze at the red and orange- tiled roofs. This European style colonial town reminds me of my hometown, of the days when I was a child.