In the past taxes for food and merchandise weren't so enormous, especially for the imported goods.
In the past you could stay in the country for 180 days on your tourist visa.
In the past we were sitting with my friend inside of CCI mall, she was smoking, ventilation was super - I didn't have any second hand smoke hitting me. I was thinking - I found it, I found country where people have personal freedom to smoke, because you know
first they prohibited smoking in some public places
then they prohibited gas ranges and calefons,
then they prohibited gambling,
then they prohibited (well, they castrated it) bullfight
then they prohibited sale of baking soda
much more is prohibited now and who knows what else will be prohibited in the future, as usual for your own good.
In the past, in public schools English used to be taught at every grade level. Now they teach a lot of "educacion fisica" and Quechua(instead of English) in majority of public schools. The same with computer skills, out of a window.
In the past China didn't have near monopoly control of crude exports from Ecuador in exchange of providing financing to regime.
P.S. When I say "In the past" I mean 2006 and 2007.
Also I would like to add: all above IS NOT my opinion, "Just the facts, ma'am".
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