I am a transplant from US, residing in Quito. I have furnished condo for rent in Centro Historico Quito, few blocks from Plaza Santo Domingo, in between La Ronda with its galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants and El Parque Urbano Qmandá, cultural and fitness center with adjoining urban park. The best location in Old Town! For more info, check
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Trip to Termas Papallacta with my neighbor and her friends. Part two. Life in Ecuador VS other countries. January 2014.
Neighbors. I was traveling with my neighbor,
Ecuadorian middle class woman. My neighbor has my apartment's keys, I have hers.
We have close enough relationship to get together once in a while for cup of
tea or glass of wine and "venting session". Our relationship is
civilized and mutually beneficial.
In my 15
years in Minneapolis I lived in three different places, all white middle class
neighborhoods. The best I had with my neighbors were neutral "hi-bye"
relationship. Once my neighbors called a management company on my than ten
years old son for climbing the tree at the apartment complex compound. My son was banned
from going outside. Another time they
called police at 10:05 p.m. for me having party on Friday night.
Timing. Timing of our departure from Quito
was Ecuadorian. Initially we had agreement to take off at 7:30 a.m., it got
moved to 8:30 a.m. and we ended up leaving at 9:30 a.m. Few years ago it would
drive me crazy, now I just go with the flow. Somehow it all work out.
Coworkers. We had party of four adults and two
kids. It was soap opera on the wheels. My neighbor, her amiga(bff), novio
(boyfriend) of amiga - all work for the same company. Novio of my neighbor
works at the same company as well but he didn't go with us.
meet, became friends and couples right at their workplace. Where else you can
get to know people so well? But try this at US corporation and you can lose
your job faster than it takes you to say "sexual harassment".
Property management companies in US exist to prohibit
pretty much every activity regarding pets and kids, and they charge arm and leg
for this oppression.
Quito, I gave our concierge my apartment's keys and she let out Sashka, my
dog, to the roof terrace. I paid her $1.50, everyone was happy.