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.

February 03 2016

Life in the day

The Sea and Sand! Salinas, Ecuador

In November I had my first visitor! Tammy was the first to take the long flight from Denver, Colorado to visit me in my new home here in Cuenca. Of course, being landlocked in Colorado Tammy greatly wished to put her toes into the sand and feel the cool waves…

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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…

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November 20 2015

Life in the day

My Beautiful New Home in Cuenca

Cuenca is a beautiful little city. It’s lovely to walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the colonial architecture while observing all of the local hustle and bustle. When I first arrived in Cuenca I lived in El Central in a small one bedroom apartment that was leased…

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September 18 2015

Life in the day

Banos de Agua Santa, Fantastico!!!

When you come to Ecuador…and you must come to Ecuador, Baños de Agua Santa (Baths of Sacred Water) cannot be missed. The charming village sits under the watchful eye of the Tungurahua volcano. The village of Baños is small and quaint, an easy walk from one…

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August 29 2015

Life in the day

And The Winner is…Cuenca!

You may be wondering: “Of all the cities in all the world, why Cuenca?” Honestly, that is a very good question. I did a good deal of research and presently Cuenca is largely written about as one of the finest places to retire to outside of the US…

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August 13 2015

Life in the day

Down to Two Suitcases, Really?

Okay, maybe two and one carry-on. What does it take to whittle one’s life down to barely anything? At first it seems easy. You start throwing away so much. So many things that live in one’s home is really of little value. We just hang…

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August 06 2015

Life in the day

Why Vicki, Why!!

So, you are wondering just why I have made the big decision to leave Children’s Hospital Colorado, leave Denver and leave America!!! It all started once I returned from the medical mission trip that I was a part of in January, 20015. A team from the Children&#8217…

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August 03 2015

Life in the day

Quito to Cuenca, Beautiful…But Long!

Off to Cuenca first thing on Thursday morning we went. Our driver, Gilo arrived about 20 minutes early. This was quite a surprise to me since I was already on Ecuadorian time and was moving at a slow pace. But, we were able to quickly pack things up and load…

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July 29 2015

Life in the day

The Road is Rocky To Start

The road to Los Angeles from Colorado is long. 17 hours for me. That’s when this trip started. In a car with Barkley in the back seat. We arrived on a Monday into LA. We started in California because my brother insisted that he be the one to…

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