There’s an Ecuadorian man about my age I see by accident somewhat often in downtown Cuenca. His English is not that bad and he’s a jolly sort. Between my beginner's Spanish and his English, we’ve had some good-hearted laughs. The last time we bumped into one another, though, he was obviously feeling depressed. When he asked for money I didn't hesitate to give four dollars to him. He was grateful, but later I asked myself why didn't I give ten dollars to him? Ten dollars in Cuenca is chump change to me, but it would have helped him so much more than four. When it comes to giving money out, maybe I still feel a bit like I'm living in the states---ten dollars to me in San Mateo is an amount to spend carefully.
|Hamburger and bottle of water in Cuenca restaurant: $1.75.|
I’m content with my standard of living in the states except that it takes almost all my monthly income to maintain this standard of living. There isn’t much left to save for when the truck needs repair or when a root canal at the dentist is needed. Those expenses are paid with credit or by scooping money out of savings. I could work or start a business. That’s true. But I’d rather not if not compelled. I prefer if possible to have free time for writing and travel---and that's possible if I move to Ecuador.
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I’d be content to have a haven in Cuenca comparable to what I have now in San Mateo. I would like a garden. I’d be content also to take the bus and taxi and prefer to do my own cooking.
|Samsung TV for sale in store in Cuenca. $101 a month for 18 months|