Ecuador Earthquake 2016

| April 30, 2017 | 87 Replies


Hello, Are You Still Out There?

Someone asked me what I do now that I’m retired. I used to be able to say I was a writer. It hasn’t felt right to say that for the last 6 months.

I miss writing. So I’m giving it another try.

Lets cover the information that has been sitting here for the last year. The earthquake post that I never finished or published. We can look at that first and then I will tell you why I had to leave Ecuador (health reasons). Then I will tell you why I’m back in Ecuador, and then I will explain why I’m leaving again.

Here is my unpublished post from the earthquake that happened in Ecuador just over a year ago.


Ecuador Earthquake 2016

13015580_1006652616077752_8048383825951424974_nThe 2016 Ecuador earthquake that occurred on April 16th was devastating. I am sure all of you know about this as it was all over the news, world wide.

And I will post a few pictures of the destruction here, but my story will focus on what happened after the quake. How people all over Ecuador pooled their efforts to help the survivors on the coast.

The 2016 Ecuador earthquake had a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of 8 (Severe). The very large thrust of this earthquake was centered on the northern coast of Ecuador. We felt it here in Cuenca. It was so strong that I jumped up and ran out of our building. We are 250 miles from this coastal area. It was one of the strongest quakes I have ever felt and I am from Southern California.





The type of destruction you are seeing here covered 300 miles along the coast of Ecuador. Puerto Lopez, Bahia, Canoa, Manta, Pedernales, and Esmeraldas were all hit hard. An expressway overpass in Guayaquil collapsed.

The coast will take decades to rebuild.

But lets talk about what happened after the quake.


A Love Story

Two days after the quake I was trying to figure out what I could do to help. Many of my friends were expressing the same feeling.

My phone rang and it was my friend Alberto Ordonez (Casa Ordonez) asking me if I would contribute $20 to a fund for the Ecuador earthquake victims. We decided to meet the next day with our friend Bill and a local representative from the city of Cuenca, Ivan Granda Molina.

I won’t go into specifics here, but that first meeting turned into a gathering, which in a few days turned into a networking movement. We received money from all over the world, partnered directly with the City of Cuenca, and in a separate event we were able to arrange transport for 20,000 meals from Minnesota to Canoa, Ecuador, to help the people on the coast.

We also worked together on a separate shipment of food and other goods for the city of Bahia. Once we got started the momentum just wouldn’t stop.

When I look back now, this all started with a couple of phone calls and it turned into a really big and successful effort to help the people on the coast. It was amazing.

And even as I am writing this (05/2016), there is another effort being made to send more food and supplies in September of this year. The coast will need help for at least the next year or two.




Loaded Up… Ready to be Delivered to Bahia




Ivan Granada Molina                                                        Concejal Del Canton Cuenca


The networking during this crisis was amazing, but the people I met were even more amazing. Thank you all for helping Ecuador. This was such an incredible experience.



Bill and Alberto asked me for help, I asked Christy to help out, Natasha became involved, and meals are now making their way to the coast of Ecuador from a great organization in the states.



So Many Good People To Call My Friends



Relief Workers From Cuenca Helping In Bahia Ecuador


Ecuador earthquake 2016

Flashlights, First Aid Products, and Toiletries.


Truck Full Of Mattresses


The sign says, “We need water and food.”


So many volunteers in Cuenca worked for months to help the victims of the 2016 earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador. I will remember these months for the rest of my life. Everyone dropped everything to help out. It was truly something to behold.

If anyone would still like to donate, please click on this link. They could use as much help as you can give.


The Rest Of The Story

Now (04/2017), just a little more than a year after the earthquake, many things have changed for the better. There are still a lot of good people doing a lot of good work on the coast. Temporary shelters have been erected, cities and towns are being rebuilt, clean water systems are being restored, and life is slowly moving towards normal again. But of course, there is still so much more to do.

Thank you again, to everyone that helped out during this crisis.


Now Back To Our Regular Programming

A lot of people have been asking, what happened to Ecuador George. Where did you go?

OK, maybe only 10 people have asked, but let me tell all of you anyway. It was really more than just one thing, but the information might be helpful to some of you who may be wanting to move to Cuenca.

First of all, I was distracted by the earthquake for 3 months. There was so much going on that writing was no longer in the equation.

But then I started having health problems. So much so that I decided to have a full battery of blood tests done and these tests revealed that I had something called Chronic Altitude Sickness. This is what was causing 95% of my problems.

Because of the high elevation in Cuenca, my respiratory system was not able to deliver the oxygen my body needed, so my circulatory system tried to help out by producing more red blood cells (red blood cells carry oxygen). This high red blood cell count caused a few problems, but the biggest problem was the oxygen deprivation. This was keeping me from getting a quality nights sleep. And over time the sleep deprivation started to cause a list of problems that I could no longer tolerate.

I was only sleeping 3 to 4 hours each night and it was not a deep sleep. I started to become anxious about almost everything, then I started having asthma like symptoms. Then my bone and joints started to ache. A month later on a flight from California to Guayaquil I became very uncomfortable, almost claustrophobic, and needed to get up and walk around a bit. Then these little episodes became more frequent and stronger until panic attacks set in along with occasional heart palpitations, and then finally irritable bowel syndrome. Heck, I didn’t even know what a panic attack was, and I was sure I had a parasite, but it was IBS.

The bottom line is, I felt like I was falling apart.

After my meetings with two doctors, I was told that this could all be controlled with medication (blood thinners I think) and blood letting. They would need to drain blood from my body every other month.

In the middle of all of this, I also tried using a CPAP machine, but it wasn’t helping much.

The other option was to move to a location that was lower in elevation. Both doctors agreed that if I moved to an area that was 2000 feet lower in elevation that all my symptoms would go away.

After talking to myself for a week (another symptom of altitude sickness), I decided that maybe it was time to explore other parts of the world. I would regroup at my little cabin in California and then set out to see some other areas of the world. But before I left Ecuador I spent 3 weeks exploring Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. I will have pictures for you in my next post…

I am sharing this health challenge with you for two reasons. First, if you are living here in Cuenca and are experiencing any of what I have written about above, see your doctor. Find out if your symptoms could be something as simple as your body reacting to the altitude. And if you are planning on moving here, just be aware that about 2 percent of the people that live at this elevation have symptoms, some are mild and some are harsh. I have a few friends that are being treated for this problem and they are mostly doing fine. It is not a deal killer for everyone.

And my original plans were to travel the world anyway… This just moved up my schedule a bit. So be looking for some world travel pictures later this year and next year. And if I ever decide to move back to Ecuador full time, I can always live on the coast.

But for now, I will travel to Ecuador a month at a time, a couple of times a year. I really love it here and have made so many friends who are now like family. And I love Cuenca. It truly feels like home to me.


And if you want to read some stories that expats wrote about their earthquake experiences, please check out this 5 volume set. I even have a short story in this series. Lots of good stuff. Click on this link to buy a copy. All the proceeds go directly to the earthquake relief.


That is all for now.

I was going to post some political and religious stuff, but I am so much smarter than that. Lets do our best to be nice to each other. So much tension and anxiety back in the states right now. Just take a deep breath, count to 10, and remember that all this will pass soon.


Hope you stick around. I still have some great stories…  And you can travel the world with me.

Until next time…



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  1. Rob says:

    Glad you are back! I enjoy your stories!

  2. John says:

    Glad your doing better. And please keep writing. The stories are GEAT!

    • John,
      It took me a year to write this little post. Hahahaha. I will do my best. Writing is fun for me, especially the little stories. Thanks for the nice comment.


  3. Bonnie says:

    yes, we’re still here! good to see you back (here, and in EC, wish you were staying!)

    • Bonnie,
      I plan on being here a couple of times a year for a month each time so Ecuador will still be my part time home. And I love my mountain home in California. And Europe is on my list to do next. I am a very grateful man to have so many choices. Thanks for coming along with me.


  4. Ray says:

    George. Im glad you are back. Its of course Ecuador but also you that is the perfect mix. The planet is your home and your exploration is inspiring. Looking forward to more.

    • Ray,
      Thanks for the nice comment. Somehow, and I don’t know how it happened, but I have been given a great opportunity to explore. Sometime alone, and sometimes with friends. I will never take this gift for granted. Glad you are a reader my friend.

  5. Kathy says:

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you! I have always enjoyed reading your writings! While I wasn’t sure what was going on with you …I just sent up some prayers and good wishes for you and hoped you would return 🙂 I wish you good health much happiness and can’t wait to hear more of your adventures . Thank you for being a BEAUTIFUL American !

    • Kathy,
      You are so sweet to say those things. My health is getting better. Just last night I slept for a full 6 hours. Hahaha. Thanks for sticking with me. I will write more often, I promise.

  6. Jack Honeycutt says:

    Hola EG….

    I also wondered what happened to you. I use a bipap machine myself. Only slightly better than a cpap… But both are a big pain.

    So you are holding up in California for now? Where abouts? I was raised in San Pedro (LA). Always thought about a cabin up in Big Bear or some place. But never could afford it. I moved to Portland Oregon in my early 20s. I have been in Ibarra Ecuador now for almost 1 and a 1/2 years. I am slightly lower in elevation than you were in Cuenca. I am at about 7,300 feet. I do feel tired often. I have not figured out if it is my age (I am 67) or the altitude. Sounds like you received some good medical advice. I look forward to your future posts.

    All the best,


    • Hi Jack,
      Actually, Cuenca is at 8400 ft elevation, so you are a bit lower than us. Where I now live in California is at 5800 feet elevation, so it is perfect and all my symptoms are gone. I live about 50 minutes from Big Bear, but Big Bear is much higher at 8000 feet. I would not do well there.

      I was just in Portland a couple of months ago. Beautiful city but the winters are a bit dreary to say the least. Still, so beautiful and a very nice city. Thanks for reading my blog. Good luck to you in Ecuador.


  7. Suzanne Cubbison says:

    Hey George,

    I was SOOOOOOO happy to see your email and I’m SOOOOOOO happy that
    you are feeling better. Do take care and please know that there are many, many people who enjoy reading your posts!! It was WONDERFUL to hear from you!!

    BE WELL!
    Oakland, CA

    • Suzanne, that is so nice to hear. Today many people are so fickle I figured I had lost most of my readers over the last year. But I guess not. Thank you for the kind words. I will write more often. Take care my friend.


  8. Bo DuBose says:

    Wow, George – I had the exact same problem, same tests and decided this elevation could not work long term for me. I absolutely LOVED Cuenca, but had to leave. Hope you find your paradise. Like you, my wife and I are still looking for it and have visited some of the same places you have. So far, we’ve come to the conclusion we have to keep our place in Peru and travel a lot!

    • Bo,
      Sorry to hear about your allergy to the high elevation. It really is not a good thing.

      I beginning to think that my paradise is the journey. I love moving around and exploring. My other paradise is my family and friends. I could be anywhere in the world and as long as they are there with me I am happy.

      Thanks for the comment. Enjoy Peru my friend.


      • Bo DuBose says:

        Hey Amigo, we left Peru and am in Florida just in time for Irma!!! She’s gone now and all is fine for us, not so for many others, tho. I really feel bad for South Florida and the Caribe/geez!

        George, send me your email plz so I can send you a pdf document on why I returned to the US for a time. Methinks you will appreciate!

        Best, Bo

  9. Michelle says:

    I love reading your posts and truly missed you. I can not handle high altitude either. I get bad heart palpitations. We want to eventually retire in Ecuador. We are now exploring coastal Ecuador towns. We are kind of lost. Any info would be appreciated. I am glad to hear you are doing better. Enjoy your world travels. I look forward to reading more. Take care,

    • Michelle,
      When my doctor listened to my heart he had this awful, you’re in trouble look on his face. But when he realized the irregular heart beat was from sleep deprivation he was someone released. He sent me to a cardiologist anyway. All is good in my heart department.

      As for coastal and beach towns, just Google Ecuador George beach and coastal towns of Ecuador. I did a couple of blogs on those a couple years back. Just remember many of those towns were damaged by the earthquake. Good luck.

  10. bill.S. says:

    glad to from you again.. have enjoyed reading your adventures from the start and i will be looking forward to more.. thanx george. bill.

  11. Gary says:

    Hey George,

    KEEP WRITING. Take care of your health

  12. Vince C says:

    Really glad to see back. Your writing and stories always put a smile on face and make me laugh. Also learned a lot about Ecuador and some Spanish to boot! Take care.

    • Vivce,
      My Spanish is coming very slowly but I do see a slight improvement. Voy a aprender mas espanol pronto para hablar mas in España proximo ano. Me guesteria hablar muy bien entonces tenga mi amor with many locals. Quiero a embrace this culture con abrazos and bessos. Let the leaning begin!

  13. Tom Gallagher says:

    Hi George, Glad to see you writing again and that you have a handle on the medical issues. Hope to see you along the coast some time soon (I hope). Best Wishes for a long and healthy future.


    • Tom,
      You are one of my most faithful followers here on this blog. So glad to still se you here. Still haf=ve your motorbike? You be extra careful on the road. It is very dangerous out there.


  14. Joan Dale says:

    Hello George, so good to hear from you. Altitude sickness is a total game changer, glad that have figured out the solution for you.

    Vic and I look forward to hearing about your upcoming travels. You can follow our comings and goings on Face Book. We are spending the summer months in Canada and travelling during the winter months. We returned from the winter season in the Yucatan. We got itchy feet after four months so the next winter season will be in various locations starting with China in early November and an extended trek around Thailand and possibly Vietnam starting in January 2017. We are still in the planning stages for the Christmas and New Year holidays plus Feb, March and April.

    Life is good for the Dale’s.

    • Joan,
      That life sounds perfect. Canada when the weather is nice and then travel to warm climates when things get chilly. Glad to hear you and Vic are still doing well. Hope to run into you guys some day. Take care my friends. George

  15. Mr Ed says:

    Glad you’re back, George. I always thought Cuenca would be too high for me … I have looked at Loja – 1500 feet lower. I look forward to reading about your travels.

    • You know Ed, there is a valley just outside of Cuenca that is 2000 feet lower in elevation and a little bit warmer and very beautiful. This would have been perfect for me but I am a city boy. But, the rents are lower and it is so beautiful and green. Most people would need a car, but I do know a few that live there and ride the bus into Cuenca once a week to do shopping. I think there is probably something for everyone here in Ecuador. Good luck my friend.


  16. David says:

    So good to hear from you, George. Only last week my wife asked me about you and I told her it had been ages since we heard. Happy things are tracking for you.
    Last October I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis so Ecuador is off my list. Fortunately I visited that lovely country some 50 years ago so I’m not totally deprived, just a bit disappointed. Still traveling though – off to the UK next month.
    Please keep writing and be in touch.

    • David,
      Glad to hear from you and sad to hear about your health challenge. When you have time, try a few cities in Colombia. Medellin is nice. I really loved it. And the elevation is 6000 feet. Santiago was great and somewhat affordable. Lots of great places around the world. I will do my best to report on the places that I visit. Take care of yourself my friend.


  17. Fred Miller says:

    Glad to see you back and writing. Missed your blogs and wondered what had happened to you. I had only “International Living” to fall back on and that was a dreadful sales pitch to sell seminars. Looking forward to more of your blog posts.

    Be well.

    • Fred Miller, how are you doing my friend? Well, you know, International Living has a job to do. Many use it for their bible. I tell people to read it if they must but then find good real stuff written by people that are living the life. And do your best not to buy any real estate in the first year. Take care Fred. Good hearing from you.

  18. S says:

    Hello! And welcome back, George.

    I am one of the 10 people who wrote to see what had happened to you. I am so glad to hear from you and catch up on your story. See, you do have fans!

    We went to Panama in February to check it out as a possible place to retire. We stayed a few days in Boca Chica on the coast, then went up to Boquete in the mountains. We decided Panama was not for us. Next to explore for us is Portugal.

    We have some friends who went to Chiang Mai to check it out and decided to stay. They had their dog and two cats shipped to them, and got help renting out their house in Florida. They seem to have discovered many of the things you have loved in Cuenca: friendly people, community, interesting culture, great food, etc. Maybe you want to put Chiang Mai on your list if it’s not already.

    We on the other hand decided to buy a travel trailer and truck and travel around the US and Canada for the next year while we discover what’s next.

    Keep the posts coming! I love them.


    • Wow Suzanne,
      Seeing the USA is one of the things I want to do too. And Portugal is also at the top of my list. Thanks for asking how Ive been. All good right now. Just making plans for my next more. Where will I go next?

  19. justin says:

    Hey ! so glad you are back . I really enjoy reading your posts . Im sure there are more than 10 of us!

    • Justin,
      Maybe 12 of you. Lol. I was starting to get a lot of emails wondering if I was ok. Some thought I might have been hurt in the earthquake. Now I just need to keep motivated to write more. Thanks for the nice comment or for reading my blog. Stay well. George

  20. Debbie Salahi says:

    George so good to hear from you. Glad you figured out what was wrong. Would love to get together next time you are in Southern California.

  21. Carol says:

    Hi George so glad to see you writing again, I have been following you for a couple of years and was wondering where you were. So because I or other people didn’t vocalize where you were we were still wondering. Safe journys look forward to your travels. Be safe, be happy.

  22. Jeffrey Lyn says:


    I am glad you are feeling better
    I really enjoy your writings

  23. Pat says:

    Glad to find you are back again. I was wondering what happened and assumed it was the earthquake and hoped you were OK. Sorry to hear about your health problems but, as usual, it is something we can all learn from and another factor to consider when relocating. I always enjoy your tales and will look forward to your next installments.

    • Pat,
      I think we all need to admit that after we hit 60 years old our health will take a bit more managing. Weight control is my most difficult challenge. Things are a lot easier when I weigh less. This will continue to be high on my list for as long as it takes. Living back in California has really helped but I need to travel. Guess I’ll have to see all the beaches in the world. I know I can do that. Hahahaha.

      Thanks for the nice comment my friend.


  24. Ron Koester says:

    Glad you are back George. Good to hear from you. Continued best wishes for your good health. The information you shared is terrific. Safe travels wherever you may go.

  25. Nel says:

    So happy you decide to writing again. Looking forward to traveling around the world.

    • Nel,
      I may be looking for traveling buddies next year. I hope to see most of Europe on the cheap next year and hopefully Spain and Portugal this year. Follow along with me. I love to share. Thanks for your comment.


  26. M & M Smith says:

    Hola Jorge!
    Es un placer leer otra vez tu blog y tus comentarios. Te hemos echado de menos. Sigue esribiendo. Esperamos visitar Cuenca a fines de junio. Tal vez nos veamos entonces.
    Que Dios te bendiga,
    M & M Smith

  27. Sharon W says:

    Well I’ll be…..What a shocking series of events! Just when life is figured out,(yeah, right) where to live and how to manage a day to day life in a very different culture, thinking Cuenca was ‘the’ answer, an altitude shocker pops up after many months of living here and it’s a total game changer! So good hearing about your past year and I guess maybe your new name can be something like Global George, the Gypsy. Keep the stories and photos coming. You are a talented writer:))

    • Ecuador George says:

      Maybe I could be George Globester. Actually I was thinking about, “Where in the world is Ecuador George”. And yes, it is funny what cards life can deal you. I thought it might be my separation that would take me back to the states, but instead it was some crazy elevation sickness. But we all just seem to roll with the punches. Makes it easier than fighting with these changes. Nice to hear from you. Stay well my friend. George

  28. Kenneth L. Hanigan says:

    Hi George, I had wondered what happened to you. I have heard of the altitude issues and it is good to hear someone that has experienced them so we know what to watch for. Sometimes illnesses can be so mysterious and it takes awhile to g=figure out and now a days is always good to self diagnose some since we usually know our own bodies best. Your beginning narrative says you are back in Ecuador. Are you? Did you return or just doing the world traveling thing? There is so much to see out there that it is difficult sometimes to decide where to go and visit. So many stories from expats all over the world and each has such great stories how happy they are I dont know which to choose first. I am taking a trip this fall to cambodia and angkor Wat, and maybe Thailand. Look forward to hearing where you go and what you liked. Good reliable suggestions are always welcome. Glad your back

    • Ecuador George says:

      I have been in Cuenca for 5 weeks and leave for the states in about 6 more days. My plan is to visit here twice a year for about a month each time. My symptoms don’t show up if I keep my visits down to a month at a time and I really do love Cuenca and all my friends here. For now, I will go back to California and work on my cabin for a few months, then head for Hawaii at the end of July. In September I will either return to Ecuador for a month or if things work out, I will switch gears and head over to Portugal and Spain for a month. I might also spend January of 2018 in Mexico so that I can avoid a month of the winter in the mountains of California. The older I get the more difficult the winters are for me. But I still love the snow. I’m so fickle.

      Love to hear from you about what you thing of Cambodia… Let me know. Safe travels my friend.


  29. Sheila Gold says:

    Hey George,

    It’s great to see you’re back writing again! I have missed you but glad that we still connect through FB. We are still considering a return to Cuenca and hope to see you again one day. Enjoy all your travels and keep us posted!

    p.s. I love seeing your comments on Harvey’s articles!

    • Ecuador George says:

      Hi Sheila,
      Thank you so much. I love having the connection with you and Harvey on Facebook. I plan on visiting Cuenca twice a year so if you move back, we will certainly see each other again. I love commenting on Harvey’s articles because he is one smart man. I read and learn when he writes.


  30. Charline says:

    Hi, George!

    Glad to see you “back”, if not in Cuenca, at least on line. Your blog posts are always very interesting, and I look forward to seeing the world through your eyes.

    And thanks for the chronic altitude sickness symptoms descriptions. Once we get settled in Cuenca, we’ll keep our eyes out for it. Before we traveled there in 2014 we took some altitude sickness prevention pills to get us over the change from sea level Florida to the sierras of Ecuador. Unfortunately, although the pills can be used for long-term relief of minor altitude issues (it’s a diuretic, not a blood thinner), the pills don’t work for severe symptoms. I sure wish it did – then we’d be able to meet you when we get there!

    Here’s wishing you safe and exciting travels!!

    • Charline,
      It took 2 years for the symptoms to show up. It is a slow process. But the good thing about that is I can come here a month at a time without feeling sick. If I don’t go to Portugal I will be back here in September. Maybe we could meet then. It would be great. I love making new friends.


  31. Stacy says:


  32. James Kornegay says:

    Glad you are back and feeling better. I always enjoy your posts. I spent two weeks traveling around Ecuador a couple of years ago. It was a great experience.
    Looking forward to your travels.

    • Ecuador George says:

      Thank you James.
      I was living here full time when you were here two years ago. I also have been all over Ecuador. The only place I have left that I want to see is the Amazon. I will do that next year.


  33. Michelle Knight says:

    Hi George!
    I love reading your posts and truly missed you. I can not handle high altitude either. I get really bad heart palpitations. We want to eventually retire in Ecuador. We are exploring coastal towns in Ecuador. Any info would be appreciated. I am glad to hear you are doing better. Enjoy your world travels and I look forward to reading more.
    Take care,

  34. Becky St.Clair says:

    Hi George. So glad you’re back! You’re a good writer and I’ve enjoyed your blog. My husband and I visited Ecuador a couple of years ago and talked about retiring in Cuenca but we’ve decided to spend a year roaming around Europe first. We’ll be using a combination of airbnb and house sitting. In fact, we leave for Lisbon next Monday! Let us know your itinerary and maybe we can hook up some place in Europe. Feel free to contact me.

    • Ecuador George says:

      We will probably fly into Spain and then after a week take a train into Lisbon. I hope you are having a fantastic time. I will follow soon. George

  35. Joss says:

    Good to have you back in the blogging world. Look forward to more stories and pictures and lunch when you return to our beautiful Cuenca.

    • Ecuador George says:

      Hi Joss,
      I will be nice to see you again. Send me that reminder please. I would love to write that story… George

  36. Oliver Connolly says:

    Glad you’re well and writing again. I missed your down-to-earth take on things. Lived in Loja for a year but had to come back to the US for health reasons. 2 years later and multiple doctors, etc., etc. I’m good for a few years yet so started rebuilding my sales management coaching business. Living in Cottonwood, Arizona and life is good.

    Please keep up the great writing!

    • Ecuador George says:

      You are a brave one. Not to many expats in Loja. Glad your health is on the mend. Cottonwood is nice. Thanks for reading the blog and for the comment. I will do my best to keep up the writing. George

  37. James says:

    sure as hell missed you
    & your stories
    good thing you weren’t
    in Quito
    know I couldn’t live there
    tried to ascend Humphrey’s peak/Az.
    had to turn back around 8000 ft.
    Good Traveling

    • Ecuador George says:

      James, I love your writing style. Sorry about your problem with altitude. Not being able to breath is one of my least favorite things, and I am sure it is one of yours too.. Thanks for the nice comment. Lived in Arizona for 20 years and loved it for 19 years. Take care my friend. George

  38. Zainal says:

    Thanks, you made my day!

  39. Frank says:

    Glad to see you are writing again. I love following your story, and you’ve encouraged us to visit Ecuador. We are coming down in Aug… can’t wait!

    – Frank

    • Ecuador George says:

      Wow Frank,
      I have encouraged you to come visit? That is very cool. You will love it for sure. Thanks for reading. George

  40. toni tucker says:

    I am so happy to hear from you again. Thanks for writing. Looking forward to reading all about your new adventures.

  41. nicole says:

    It was a nice surprise to get your update this morning. I really enjoy your writing and your take on life. Your earth quake experience was so up lifting. I am looking forward to more posts.

    • Nicole,
      This afternoon we are having a gathering of volunteers at a local women’s crisis center. I will take pictures and report on it in my next post. This is a great outfit that helps women and their children out of bad situations and into a more stable environment. The place is called Mujeres con Exito. Lots of wonderful people help out every day. I am just happy to be a small part of the group. Stay tuned.


  42. Jo says:

    Hey, George!
    I was wondering what happened to you and your blog! So glad to see you back online, and glad you are recovering from the altitude thing. I have had some similar symptoms living at 8000 ft. in Cotacachi. Symptoms didn’t show up until I had been here for about 2 years, so I’ve been thinking about where to go next.

    I would surely be interested in hearing about your travels to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, as they have been flirting with a spot on my list for places to go see. Hope you post about those places!

    Also very interested in hearing about your European travels. Keep up the writing and best wishes for new exciting adventures!

  43. Rob says:

    Hola George! Are you still around? Is everything OK health wise?

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