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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Belarus, Minnesota and Ecuador. April 2018.

I left my hometown and home country, USSR, Republic of Belarus at the end of April 1993. 25 years ago. At the time there were lots of opportunities in USA for youngish energetic person with good education and not contaminated with political correctness and feminism.
I used them(opportunities) in all aspects of my life: to bring up my children, their education, my own education, my personal life, chance for well paid professional work. In my late 40th opportunities dried up and life in US became way too expensive, regulated and complicated for me. 
Thank you Minnesota, time to move out. And move out I did - to Quito Ecuador. I already wrote (many times) why I love living in Quito, here it is,.. again
life is less complicated, for example, no junk mail in Ecuador, not so much advertising, 
mild weather, no need for heating or air-conditioning, 
more relaxed people: they smile, you can talk politics with them without fear, they don't call authorities on their neighbor's children playing outside without supervision (happened few times to my son in Minneapolis) 
less chemicalized and cheaper food,
affordable medical care,
public transportation: inexpensive, modern and efficient, no need to have a car. 
not so many personal regulations, for example I don't need a pet permit from city council for my dog, my Home Owners Associations (HOAs) allow dogs or cats in apartments, 
cost of living in general is cheaper, for example my association fee monthly are $33 and property tax yearly $70 (gone up since last year), my haircut is $5 including tips
the list go on..

Country living, urban, sea side, volunteer, farming, business, working, leisure, traveling. You can create any lifestyle in Ecuador you wish, can afford, and, of course, with a little luck.   

Sure, Ecuador is not a paradise, however better than....
Apartment building where we used to live in my hometown which I left in 1993. My photo: August 2017. 

Apartment building,where we used to live, located just few blocks from city's main square. Considered as one of the best neighborhoods in town. My photo: August 2017. 

Apartment building where we used to live, build in 1980 and never been maintained since. My photo: August 2017. 

Mother of my Quito's Russian speaking girlfriend took this photo in her neighborhood in Volgograd. April 2018. 
Graffiti says "No money but tsar (is) on the throne"

Minneapolis then Mayor Betsy Hodges. 2014.
Photo credit: 

In Minneapolis, an Australian woman one month from her wedding day was shot to death by an officer after calling the police for help. The officer(no more) and his family, the victim and her fiance. 2017.

Minneapolis. Winter time from November to April.
Photo credit: Star Tribune
STAR TRIBUNE. A jogger braved driving wind and blowing snow around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis this morning, April 14, 2018.

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
For booking, pictures and more info

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Changes. Quito Ecuador. April 2018.

I started this blog many years ago as a marketing tool to find renters for La Ronda condo and it worked really well until recently.  All of a sudden the stream of long term (one month and more) qualified guests dried up. Qualified as: the guests without toddlers, 40 kg dogs, extended family "visiting" them while they rent my apartment, these who don't insist to substantially reduce rental price, who don't ask hundred questions to elicit information that one normally gets from wiki articles, travel agencies, financial advisers and doctors, who can climb 60 stairs to the upper floor, who provide their names and country of their passport when trying to book.
Where are you qualified people? You are welcome to La Ronda condo when its available - anytime!  
I had to adapt, so I switched to another booking platform.
Since I don't have motivation to write anymore, I am going to take it easy. This post is not the last one, but they(posts) will be few and far between.
However if some of my blog readers would like to make a reservation directly with me, you are welcome to do so - check my La Ronda condo link.

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
For booking, pictures and more info

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March reviews of "Quito Old Town, La Ronda condo with balcony." March 2018.

Parker and Daniel from Reno, Nevada.
Booked through AirBnb.
Very nice apartment, spacious and stylish. Located very close to Plaza Santo Domingo, La Ronda and a ton of restaurants. The little plaza it's next to (called Cumandá) comes to life on the weekends and is a great place to wander around or have dinner. The noise reducing windows keep the bedroom pretty quiet. Overall a nice place to stay in Quito.

Amanda and Zach from US
Booked through AirBnb.
This apartment is spacious and well equipped. The beds are comfy, the water is HOT and the neighborhood is amazing. We witnessed a great little parade on a Saturday afternoon, right from the terrace. Liliya is such a thoughtful host, leaving us notes with any and every detail about the apartment and Quito. Our new home away from home in Ecuador. 110% recommend!

Hayley and her fiance from UK
Booked through AirBnb.
Liliyas place is great. Bigger than it looks, spotlessly clean and in a great location for the historico centro. Liliya was really helpful, met us on arrival and went through everything in the house. wifi great here, we are returning at the end of the month.

Airbnb     Quito-Old-Town-LaRonda-2br-with-balcony

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
For booking, pictures and more info