I am a pediatric nurse who quit her job at The Children’s Hospital Colorado to explore life in another country. Selling or giving away all that I own I have ventured south of the border to Cuenca, Ecuador with my dog Barkley. Here are the stories of my life change.

December 29 2015
Life in the day

A Tour of My Neighborhood

As you already know, life is much different here in Cuenca, Ecuador. My days are generally simple. I have chosen to live my new life just outside of El Central away from the hustle and bustle of city life. My apartment is just on the outskirts of “El Campo,” the country. I love it here!

Map of Cuenca. I live where the blue arrow is to the left.
Map of Cuenca. I live where the blue arrow is to the left.

From where I am it is about a 2 mile walk to the center of the city. Barkley and I can walk along the Rio Tomebamba river right into town.

My Tienda and Panaderia
My Tienda and Panaderia

There is a Tienda and a Panaderia (bakery) just down the street where I can pick up the cream for my coffee and fresh croissants.

Tienda next door
Tienda next door

I do have a Tienda next door, but she doesn’t carry much. But, she does have pigs!!

The view from my window
The view from my window

The view from my living room window changes daily. On many occasions there are cows and sheep grazing.

Our dirt road Camino
Our dirt road Camino
Further on down the dirt road
Further on down the dirt road

Just down the dirt road to the west of me is another of Barkley and my walks. Much to see on this adventure.

The ice cream man by the park
The ice cream man by the park

We have an ice cream man who will serve you a scoop if you are on your way to the park.

The nursery down the road
The nursery down the road

There is a little nursery where I buy my $3.50 plants for house decorations.

Joseph and Mary...baby Jesus is somewhere!!
Joseph and Mary…baby Jesus is somewhere!!
The parade going in front of my house!!
The parade going in front of my house!!

Then there is the Christmas parade that went by my front door a few days ago…what a sight.

I have a lady that stops by to sell me bread…a pack of 5 for a $1.

As you can see, it is so very different from my home in Lakewood, Colorado. What an adventure!!

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  • Wow! It is quite a simple life in many ways, however it isn’t everyday that you see a lady walking a pig down the sidewalk! That’s entertainment!😃 I’m curious about what the city is like, restaurants, museums, etc. what is the cuisine like? Maybe a topic for another blog?…..

  • I love the map… fun to have some sort of orientation on where you and Barkley take in your adventures! It sounds peaceful yet exciting. How’s the coffee there?

  • Hi Hon, we are so happy you are happy. You truly made a great decision in your life. Enjoy it and we wish we could come visit! Love you, Pitty and Poopis

  • I love reading your blogs Vick and hope you are well!!!! The pictures are amazing and I would love to look out my window and see the cows! I bet the bread is delicious!

  • Hi Sweetheart, I just love your blogs and all the pictures. I hope you are feeling better soon. There’s lots of flu going around here with bronchitis and a cough that lasts for weeks. Hope this isn’t what you have. Thanks so much for your blog. Love you so much!!!

  • Nice, Vickie and I hope you had a good Christmas! Very cold here the past few days, only single digits to mid twenties and a beautiful snowy white Christmas,

    1. Heidi 03:41pm 10 January - 2016 - Reply

      Happy New Year! Hope you are enjoying the weather! Snowed on Friday. Traffic was terrible! Wanted to send you a picture of all the taillights. Hope all is well!!

    2. Naomi 03:42am 02 January - 2016 - Reply

      Wow! It is quite a simple life in many ways, however it isn’t everyday that you see a lady walking a pig down the sidewalk! That’s entertainment!😃 I’m curious about what the city is like, restaurants, museums, etc. what is the cuisine like? Maybe a topic for another blog?…..

    3. Cynde 05:19pm 01 January - 2016 - Reply

      I love the map… fun to have some sort of orientation on where you and Barkley take in your adventures! It sounds peaceful yet exciting. How’s the coffee there?

    4. 02:32pm 30 December - 2015 - Reply

      Hi Hon, we are so happy you are happy. You truly made a great decision in your life. Enjoy it and we wish we could come visit! Love you, Pitty and Poopis

    5. mlynch 06:26am 30 December - 2015 - Reply

      Fun!
      U’v done it!
      Put the ‘cart’ before the ‘horse’!
      Enjoy

    6. Flori Legette 04:53am 30 December - 2015 - Reply

      I love reading your blogs Vick and hope you are well!!!! The pictures are amazing and I would love to look out my window and see the cows! I bet the bread is delicious!

    7. Mom 02:01am 30 December - 2015 - Reply

      Hi Sweetheart, I just love your blogs and all the pictures. I hope you are feeling better soon. There’s lots of flu going around here with bronchitis and a cough that lasts for weeks. Hope this isn’t what you have. Thanks so much for your blog. Love you so much!!!

    8. Kathy Huiddleston 09:52pm 29 December - 2015 - Reply

      Nice, Vickie and I hope you had a good Christmas! Very cold here the past few days, only single digits to mid twenties and a beautiful snowy white Christmas,

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