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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ecuador elections 2017 in numbers. Quito, Ecuador. February 2017.

General elections were held in Ecuador on February 19, 2017 alongside a referendum on tax havens. Voters supposed to elect a new President and National Assembly. Incumbent President was not eligible for re-election, having served two terms. 
If no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, or secures more than 40% of the vote and is at least 10% ahead of their nearest opponent, a runoff election will be held between the top two contenders on 2 April.
There is one presidential candidate from current regime and seven presidential candidates not affiliated with current regime.
Basically Ecuadorians choosing right now - to be(current regime) Cuba or Venezuela or not to be(changes).
As for February 21, at 7:40 a.m. in Quito we have results:
CNE 93,4% VOTOS ESCRUTADOS (counted votes)
CNE means Consejo Nacional Electoral
Presidential candidate from current regime has 39.18%
Seven presidential candidates not affiliated with current regime have: 
Total for seven candidates: 60.82%

Interesting fact about election results in province Manabi: as you probably know, an earthquake occurred in Ecuador on April 16, 2016 with a moment magnitude of 7.8. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures collapsing. Why these structures collapsed? Buildings had collapsed because of poor construction. First, concrete cement was mixed with sea (beach) sand, that sand is too salty and affected the concrete strength. Second, houses simply fell over themselves or violently inclined because the foundation could not bear to the upper floors.
The whole world donated money to Ecuador to help people of Manabi who lost their houses, to survive and rebuild, however majority of these who lost their houses still live in now rotten tents. 
Taxes were raised in Ecuador, IVA was 12%, now 14% to fund earthquake recovery.  IVA translates in English as value added tax (VAT). However majority of these who lost their houses still live in now rotten tents. 
53,89% of people of Manabi voted for the current regime.

Election drama continues..

Monday, January 30, 2017

Plaza Cumanda/La Ronda condo for sale. Centro Historico, Quito, Ecuador.

Two bedroom one bathroom furnished apartment for sale in Centro Historico Quito, Ecuador. 
Great Centro Historico Quito location, two bedroom, one bathroom apartment, 65 square meters/700 square feet for sale for $64,900. Apartment is fully furnished and kitchen is fully equipped. 
Scroll down for pictures.
The apartment building is located in Centro Historico Quito, two blocks from Plaza Santo Domingo, in between La Ronda with its galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants and  El Parque Urbano Qmandá with well-equipped fitness center. 
To find the apartment building on a map of Centro Historico, first find street Vicente Rocafuerte, from there - street J Paredes(one block street) and Morales (La Ronda), corner of Paredes y Morales. The front end unit is on top floor (4th) of this building.    

Great panoramic view of Colonial Quito and the Andes from the balcony and terrace. Well cared for, recently remodeled, furnished. Everything in the apartment included: window covering, fixtures, furniture, linens, area rugs, flat screen 37" TV, DVD player, stove, refrigerator, washer, two tanks of gas, vacuum cleaner, tea kettle, glassware and cooking utensils.
Features - anti-noise windows in both bedrooms, brand new tiled floor, renovated bathroom, new kitchen cabinets, marble countertops, gas calefon (water heater).

Association fee monthly     $15
Property tax 2017               $21
Water                                 $5- $10
Electricity                           $7-$15
Internet (reliable, high speed)
and land line                      $27.10  
Two tanks of gas, one for the stove, another for calefon (water heater) $3.50 per tank to exchange empty for the full tank.

Contact info:
Liliya email       
Skype                          liliyabykova

View from the balcony: El Panecillo

Entrance to the apartment, living room.

Bedroom: twin bed

Bedrooms and hallway

Bedroom: queen bed

Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms

Semi-enclosed terrace: sitting area

Semi-enclosed terrace: washing machine

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Living in Centro Historico Quito. January 2017.

More places in Centro Historico Quito to enjoy.

Spa La Kaskada: jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and swimming pool
Flores N41-47 y Chile, Quito, Ecuador
Call 099 567 6668
Facebook "Spa La Kaskada"
Spa, baños de cajón, piscina, sauna, turco, hidromasaje, cursos de natación, terapia acuática, restaurante

"La Casa Del Reloj", small family business of Centro Historico, where you can repair your watch, or to buy new watch and watch accessories. 
"La Casa del Reloj" address BenalcÁzar N3-127 Y Espejo
Phones 2284 037/2283 350
I wondered there to check if they have  a leather wristband for my watch and they did. $3 for the new leather wristband and installation!

Best business lunch in Centro Historico Quito
Address: García Moreno 887 y Espejo.
Facebook: DIOSOLOPAY Restaurant
DIOSOLOPAY has indoor and outdoor sitting, price for "menu del dia" was $6.75 (as of December 2016). I like everything about this restaurant: the quality and presentation of food, the price, the service and ambiance. The customers are local people mostly. 

I already posted about one of the best pizza in Centro Historico Quito

Cafe "Dios No Muere", located on the corner of Flores and Junin (Monastery Santa Catalina, Colonial Quito)
On Facebook: "Cafe Dios No Muere"
Tripadvisor:  Tripadvisor.comUserReviews-Cafe_Dios_No_Muere-Quito
Small and cozy place, tucked in a very picturesque alley. Nice spot to eat and drink in a very authentic setting and to buy chocolate produced on a farm owned by Mathieu Guillory family. 
Cafe Dios No Muere
Mathieu Guillory, welcoming and friendly owner.

Places where you can have cup of coffee or buy coffee, beans or ground

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