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Watkins House Completion – Final Update

27 Dec
Western facade.

Western facade.

Kitchen.

Kitchen.

From kitchen to living area.

From kitchen to living area.

From living area to kitchen and office area (right corner.)

From living area to kitchen and office area (right corner.)

Master suite to east.

Master suite to east.

Master suite looking west.

Master suite looking west.

Master bath.

Master bath.

Guest bath.

Guest bath.

Master suite balcony south.

Master suite balcony south.

Master suite balcony north.

Master suite balcony north.

Top deck view north.

Top deck view north.

Top deck view, west.

Top deck view, west.

Top deck view, south.

Top deck view, south.

Top deck view, east.

Top deck view, east.

First sunset, Christmas night, 2013. Feliz navidad, and that's a wrap.

First sunset, Christmas night, 2012. Feliz navidad, and that’s a wrap.

Lot 5 Update

17 Dec

Lot 5 (1) Lot 5 (2) Lot 5 (3) Lot 5 (4) Lot 5 (5) Lot 5 (6) Lot 5 (7) Lot 5 (8) Lot 5 (9) Lot 5 (10)

Preparing Your Expat Checklist: Our Take So Far

8 Nov

expat preparation for ecuador

When you do something you’ve never done before, sometimes, you just have to “feel” your way through it.

And it’s one thing to buy a new house, or a car, or change jobs where you are, but when you’re preparing to do all those things in a country 6,000 miles away, the concept takes on a whole new meaning.

Today, Dana and I find ourselves 42 days out from a move that includes all those things and much more.

For the last five months, we’ve worked long-distance with Gary and April Scarborough at www.laspalmasecuador.com  to buy property and build a home from the ground up in Puerto Cayo. It’s a matter of days now, before the home is complete, and for the most part, it’s been easier than building a house where we were on site.

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The latest construction photo of our home in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. It should be complete in a few weeks.

Funny thing is, the house building was the easy part. Now, with 42 days and counting, it seems now that our expat checklist for making the real move to Ecuador is a monster of its own and there’s not enough time in single day to do everything that needs to be done. And we’ve been told by other expats who’ve been in our shoes, to enjoy and savor the moment, because this is the fun part!

With the calendar moving quickly, these are the many tasks and questions we must complete and ask of ourselves.

  • We have property here in the states: a house and two vehicles. How will those things be cared for in our absence? What about insurance on those real properties? What of utilities, cable TV and other services? Do we maintain the same levels of insurance or downgrade?
  • How do we create income in a foreign land? (pretty important) What methods will we use to pay bills both abroad and in the states? What are the tax ramifications? For the marketing and expat service businesses we’ll be launching we find it important to start making contacts on the ground now, rather than later, and with those businesses, how will we promote them? There are websites to be built, blog posts to be made, mission and vision statements to create, cards to be printed, advertising to consider.
  • Packing? Realistically, what will we take, what will we leave behind? There’s only so much you can put in a suitcase and two carry-ons.
  • In Ecuador, what’s our mission for the church? It’s important to us, and we’re moving to a country that’s 95 percent Roman Catholic.
  • What media is best suited to communicate regularly with family and friends back home?
  • On arrival, there’s a brand new, but empty house to furnish. Where will we buy and how much will it cost?
  • How frequently will we return to the states? It’s not cheap. And for our businesses in Ecuador, how do we set them up in such a way that we can manage them in either Ecuador or the U.S.?
  • And oh, yes, we seriously need to brush up on our Latin American spanish.check list for expats moving abroad

Most days we find ourselves wondering when we’ll wake up and realize it’s all only a dream. It all seems surreal to be making preparations for a dream you’ve had since you were a kid with a pen pal.

And while it’s all overwhelming at certain moments, it’s also one of the most exciting times in our life.

We’re looking forward to becoming part of a new culture, learning new ways, making new friends and expanding our horizons. And yet, each day, the reality of the checklist grows, and the clock is running.

Now …. back to that to-do list. Talk about making a list and checking it twice!

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Las Palmas Update 10-29-12

29 Oct

Atlanta-Cuenca-Puerto Cayo: The Scarboroughs on House Hunters International

28 Oct

(Blogger’s Note: For a behind-the-scenes look at the Scarborough’s experience on House Hunters International, check out this post: http://wp.me/p2ywc9-7Z

And for more information about their beachside development in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, go to www.LasPalmasEcuador.com, or you may email me @ steve@ecuadorguidedtours.com)

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Watkins’ House Update 10-27-12

27 Oct
23 Oct

Published today by our blogging friends at http://www.southofzero.com

House Hunters International: Tonight in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

23 Oct
www.laspalmasecuador.com

Gary and April Scarborough, developers of http://www.laspalmasecuador.com in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador.

Just a reminder to anyone who enjoys House Hunter’s International, or who’s dreamed about a beautiful home on the beach – check out tonight’s show featuring Gary and April Scarborough, two friends we made during a visit to Puerto Cayo, Ecuador last May.

The storyline: Natives of Atlanta, the Scarboroughs owned two thriving businesses in 2008 – a home construction company, and an electrical company. When the economy crashed, they did extensive research on “cheap places to live,” and were consistently pointed in the direction of Cuenca, Ecuador.

las palmas ecuador

An overview of the Las Palmas community in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. The Scarboroughs moved from Atlanta to Cuenca to Puerto Cayo, ultimately to develop this expatriate beachside community.

Gary, April, and their children, Peyton and Carson, packed up their two dogs and 22 suitcases and headed for a new life in Cuenca. When Gary received the opportunity to build a beachside community in Puerto Cayo, on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, they moved once again to the quaint fishing village of Puerto Cayo.

They live there today, and the development of www.laspalmasecuador is experiencing great success as a first-class expatriate community.

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The spectacular view from the Scarborough’s beachside home balcony in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador.

Dana and I know the Scarboroughs and count them as friends and partners, as they are now overseeing the construction of a home we’re building in Puerto Cayo. We were sold from Day One.

Check it out tonight at 9:30 CST on HGTV … and if you have further questions about life at Las Palmas please contact gary@laspalmasecuador.com or april@laspalmasecuador.com.

You can find a story I previously wrote about the Scarborough’s HHI behind-the-scenes experience here: http://wp.me/p2bjEC-Lq

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