I responded that it's bad idea to ride a inter-provincial public bus with all of your possessions, it might turned out to be VERY expensive. In Quito I told them we have UBER and Cabify now and it's nice alternative to buses , trolleys and conventional taxis.
What do you know - they cancelled the trip "due to personal safety concerns" few hours after my response!!!
Ecuador is a beautiful country and I love living in Quito. As I writing this post the sun shines, the temperature is perfect.
I bought BOTH of my apartments in Quito for less than $100K, but most important I don't have to pay huge association fee and property tax. The items above tenths time cheaper than in US. No cooling or heating bills for me or for any other Quiteño. Utilities bills are champ change in comparison with Minneapolis MN, for example.
About food - farmer market and little tiendas around my place provide me with cheap locally grown fresh fruits, berries, vegetables, cheese, meats and so on. Supermarket, actually two of them, are walking distance from my apartment building. Locally grown and produced food is cheaper, fresher, taste better in Ecuador VS USA.
Transportation - although buses and trolleys are abundant in Quito and they run often - avoid them at all cost. Too crowded any day, any time of the day. The drivers mostly hate their long working hours and pitiful pay, they don't have lunch breaks, they hate their passengers, they have accidents often.
On the buses there are sexual abuse, thieves, sellers and beggars, did I mention they are packed like sardines in a can, almost always.
If you need proof of my statements here it is:
We have UBER and Cabify now - hurrah! Relatively cheap, safe and reliable.
If you need to see a doctor, it's much cheaper and simpler in Quito than in Minneapolis MN.
People are friendly, although some of them have different concept of time, privacy and rights to have your belonging, many of them lie compulsively. However Ecuadorians are not aggressive at all, they are family oriented.
Relatively easy to receive legal status in comparison with other countries.
Lots to see and to do in Ecuador, in general, and in Quito, in particular.
Comfortable to live and to visit, provided that YOU ARE NOT naive, easy to be scared, stupid or ignorant.
2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled