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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Plans vs Reality in Quito, Ecuador. May 2015.

Once upon a time, in the heart of Quito, there was a tree-lined street, pleasing to the eye, with little restaurants and coffee houses, easy on the wallet and nice sitting areas in front of them. Local teams played soccer at roofed football/soccer field behind these eateries and customers could watch the game through the windows while enjoying their food. Oh, this easy, care free street, gone with the wind and New Urban Agenda.

September 2015 news. 
China CAMC Engineering Co Ltd:Signed a contract of Ecuador government financial management platform construction project with Ecuador National Project Management Committee at amount of $221.7327 million on Sep.10 to build a three floors underground and 13 floors on ground office building and auxiliary project for Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank in Quito, Ecuador.

China CAMC Engineering Co Ltd finished the project and the building was ready to function on May 15th. Instead of trees and pleasant ambiance Quiteños received this concrete jungles.
Photo: El Comercio
However, Quito had its own inauguration plans for Governmental Platform for Financial Management, right on afternoon of May 15th.
Photos: El Comercio, Ecuavisa and other media sources:

Representatives from nearly 200 nations could meet with the ambitious goal to steer urban development onto a sustainable path and to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a global framework for urbanization, like they did in Quito, in October 2016. Government could have an ambitious plans to replace pleasant streets with ugly buildings.
However, it looks like The Weather and The City have an opinion as well about all of these "big boys" games.  

UpdateGovernmental Platform for Financial Management and adjacent streets have been flooded again on May 18, 2017.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Considering one year in Ecuador - recommendations on middle schools. April 2017.

Discussion from ExpatExchange Ecuador forum.
We're considering spending one year in Ecuador. Our son will be in 7th grade, and we're looking for an English-language school but one where he'll also learn Spanish. We've never been there and are open to different cities - obviously looking for safety and a sense of community. Would love any suggestions. 
opinion one
Have you considered home schooling for the year? I know a family here in Vilcabamba who's two kids are doing well with online classes. Parents and kids all learning Spanish from a tutor (who is also my Professora). Requires discipline and time but this is one way to go.
opinion two
Public schools are all Spanish... definitely home school and travel with your son you may eve be able to home school from your home city and state with your current school help and support. ask about alternative schooling at your home school... he may get all sorts of credit for his travels and get the Spanish immersion out front and center for him. he will thank you later be choosy about his friends..
opinion three
Jefferson in Salinas on the coast. Fully bilingual. They have a website and are on Facebook. There is an entrance exam.

my opinion: In Ecuador there are government (fiscal) schools and private schools. I am in a position to observe my friends and neighbors children and grandchildren going to different types of school. As far as I can see, parents avoid fiscal schools at all cost, even if they have to go to debt and lower their standard of living, as some of my neighbors do. 
My hairdresser's son went to fiscal school for one year and she still cannot talk about it without pain. He was harassed by teachers and students alike. He was the only white face in the sea of browns and he paid for it dearly. You know people don't like when someone is different. Now she pays $200 per month for private school and things are better for him. Middle class children are more accepting and teachers in private school are paid and behave better.
My neighbor pays $450 monthly for her daughter private school, its a stretch for her, but her child future depends on it. My friend's granddaughter goes to $600 - 1000 per month (pre-school and high school have different tuition) school.   

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Expats thoughts about the election and political stability in Ecuador. April 2017.

from ExpatExchange Ecuador forum
Question: Anybody living in Ecuador currently have thoughts about the election? About political stability in Ecuador in general? 

Opinion one: The election and the runoff election are over and depending on which side of the political fence you are on, your party either narrowly achieved victory or was robbed by election fraud. Sound familiar ?
Yes, the right wing opposition still has people in the streets in certain cities, protesting the vote count, as I write and governing socialist party has some of their people celebrating. But by and large, is spite of what certain news outlets would like to make it, life goes on and everyone is pretty much back to their daily routines. 
In spite of the hype and hypocrisies, folks here are pretty pragmatic. Yes, we're going through a rough patch economically, but nothing compared to the poor folks in Venezuela, Brazil, or Bolivia. No matter who won, the world wasn't going to come to an end. 
I guess most people not living here or some newcomers may be concerned how the election and its aftermath will affect them. I really don't see where it will have any appreciable influence. 
My wife and her family are very involved in politics - and were, like the country, pretty evenly divided between Moreno and Lasso - which made for some very lively family get togethers !
Personally, I felt better about voting down here, than I did in last fall's U.S. elections.

Opinion two: For those worried about Lenin Moreno continuing along the Correa Calle, I think people will be in for a surprise. He's a lot less divisive, more willing to listen, and I think, poco a poco you will see some of the ladrones and party hack being replaced as he quietly implements his own agenda - not business as usual. I also think relations with the U.S. will improve - provided the Trump government is open to it. ( That of course is a big IF ).

Opinion three: no decision yet.. because there is fraud asserted by lasso... things are calm but the people are not happy that at 95% of the vote lasso was ahead.. and suddenly the website of the CNE election website when down for 20 mins.. and when it came back up.. the ip address was outside of Ecuador and was not the same ip that was 20 mins before... and suddenly Moreno was ahead.. of course there is the video where the CNE employ was shown taking a piece of scotch tape and lifting handwritten votes off the paper vote and then writing him Moreno... and so the CNE has not sent a memo formally giving anyone the nod.. but Moreno of course says he won... but it is all disputed..

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