Daily Posts

Cost of Cancer Treatment at SOLCA

I am thinking of coming to Cuenca and would like to find information on XELIRI treatment costs. SOLCA does not answer my emails. XELIRI is Xeloda and Irinotecan together. Thank you everyone.

Home Items to Bring to Ecuador?

I am arriving in Cuenca in 2 weeks as a newbie Expat. I’m uncertain of what to bring. My finances are limited, so the thousand dollar options aren’t open. Does anyone have any recommendations of what is really good to bring, or is it just okay to bring nothing and start everything fresh? Is the availability and quality of crockery, linen, glassware, DVDs, etc. pretty good?

Any Cuenca Vets Doing Dental?

My family is planning to move to Cuenca in December, and we are bringing our dog Dillon (a bichon mix). Our vet here in the U.S. is telling us that Dillon needS some dental work. They say he has a cavity, which would involve anesthesia, cleaning, and perhaps capping the cavity. Does anyone know if there is a vet in the area who who will do dental work on dogs?

Gas Fireplace With Remote Control?

Where in Cuenca can I buy a gas fireplace with a remote control, like the one mentioned in the Cuenca High Life article (ran a few weeks back) on renovating a house on Calle Larga?

Coffee Club Spanish?

Does anybody know what is the schedule for Coffee Club Spanish, starting 10/20/14?

Translation Apps for Cell Phone?

I’m considering a variety of possibilities, such as moving to Ecuador (or another South/Central location) or a lengthy (winter) stay in similar areas. I am really interested in learning Spanish, but also want to be realistic with my ignorance of the language when I get there. I’m considering buying an electronic translator (but the reviews don’t look promising) or getting an app for my cell phone. Here’s my concern: the apps look to be the best, but I’m curious how to minimize my cell phone charges to accommodate this feature. I have a Canadian cell phone plan, and I’ve no doubt roaming fees to use this feature would bankrupt me if I use them extensively. Your recommendations? As always, you’re thoughts are appreciated and highly regarded.

Looking for Shipping Containers

I want to buy two 40 ft shipping containers. Fair to good condition; no junk.

Opening Local Bank Account?

What is needed to open a local bank account? I need to open one that is able to accept Social Security payments. I’ve got the PR SS document all certified for citizenship.

Lamp Repair?

We have two table lamps that need wiring repair. Does anyone know of any where that can fix them? Thank you. Cheryn

International Dance Festival

This week is the IV International Dance Festival at the University of Cuenca. Presenters include dance troupes from various Latin American nations, performing a multitude of numbers from classical ballet to contemporary and folk. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Carlos Cueva Tamariz Theater.

Monday: Gala featuring dancers from Ecuador, Colombia, Africa & Brazil
Tuesday: Classical works
Wednesday: Contemporary pieces
Thursday: Mexican Flamenco

Generic Flomax?

Is generic Flomax (tamsulosina) available in Ecuador without a prescription?

Looking for Roommate

67 year old male would like to have a roommate to share expenses. Monthly expenses for the house run around $850 including internet, DirecTV, rent and all utilities. The house is a two floor, 4 bedroom townhouse and is fully-furnished. It is located within walking distance of many facilities, including markets, shopping, SuperMaxi, restaurants and many popular bus routes. Immediate occupancy available. If interested please email skoal.0322@yahoo.com.

English Christian Worship

International Christian Community (ICC) worship service meets this Sunday, October 12, at 10:30 AM. We meet at Nicanor Aguilar y Solano, a new building just north and east of Mt. Sinai Hospital on a little one-way street between the hospital and the stadium.

This Sunday, our guest pastor is Juan Moreno. Juan and his wife Diane are members of International Christian Community, are retired, and divide their time between homes in Cuenca and Orlando, Florida. This week’s sermon topic is “Building Community in the Midst of Diversity.”

We also have a bilingual Sunday School program for children which includes Bible stories, crafts and drama. Children, pre-school through high school, are welcome.

Please join us in worship by participation in music, prayers, scripture readings, and exploration of God’s word. www.internationalchristiancommunity.org Rev. Rein Krone, Pastor; reinkrone@yahoo.com.

Join The Gathering Christian Fellowship Sunday Morning

Join The Gathering, an English speaking Christian Fellowship in Cuenca, Sunday mornings at 10:00 for a powerful time of Praise and Worship and fellowship Celebration service. Located at 9-61 Calle Tarqui between Gran Colombia and Simon Bolivar, upstairs in Césares Internazionale Restaurant in downtown Cuenca, Ecuador

God Simple; not church complicated

Map and directions are available on our website at www.TheGatheringEC.com or by email: pastorgreg@thegatheringec.com

Question: Rabbits Allowed in Cuenca?

Does anyone know if rabbits are allowed in the country? I have two English Angora’s that I would like to bring to Cuenca. I am getting conflicting stories. The DC Consulate in DC says no, however, the Airline “Copa” will ship them and allow them as carry on luggage, provided they fall within the weight limits. Anyone run into this problem?

Looking for Single’s Groups

Looking for a single’s group in my age bracket (74). Both women or women/men. I am a very active person and would like to find others in this category. Could be just social, volunteering, travel or other.

Question: Electricity Bill

I need your collective advice. We live in a small two bedroom apartment on Ordonez Lasso. Virtually all of our appliances are electric — washing machine, dryer, and water heater. We are a family of four. My question has to do with our electric bill. It was $111 last month. Is this within the realm of possibility? I’m thinking there has to be an issue with wiring or a malfunctioning appliance. Has anyone else had an electric bill in this range?

American Citizen Services Coming in November

Details are still being finalized, but the U.S. Consulate’s American Citizen Services Unit is planning to provide passport and notarial services in Cuenca for one day in November. Stay tuned to GringoTree for further information!

Booze Fair at La Taberna

From October 22 to 25, La Taberna will be having a Wine & Liquor Fair at its various locations. Discounts of up to 50% on your favorite brands! They are open from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Two Furnished Rooms In El Centro For Rent

The rooms are on the third floor (no elevator), the address is Mariscal Lamar 7-38 and Borrero. Located just 3 blocks away from the Parque Calderon. Access to kitchen and terrace. It also includes internet and TV. Six months minimum. Female preferred. Pets are not allowed. One of the rooms cost $115 and the other one $175.

For further information: 098-726-6071 or 07-284-1101.


Raw Gourmet Food Class

Eat delicious unique food. Learn about health. Socialize and network with like-minded others! Class with Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor
Thai Soup, Cucumber Thai Salad, Choco-Walnut Bars
Tuesday, October 21 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
For details email Susan at LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com
Cost is $10 and includes eating the food we prepare.

International Rural Women’s Day

Saturday, October 18 marks the 7th annual International Rural Women’s Day. The festivities start with a parade. From 9:00 to 10:00 watch indigenous women from around Cuenca share their heritage as they march down Simon Bolívar. The parade ends at Otorongo Plaza, where a cultural fair featuring traditional foods, art, and agricultural wares will be on display. Don’t miss this chance to join together and celebrate the rural women of Cuenca!


Save the Date!

Get ready for the premier Black Tie Charity event of the Holiday season! Hearts of Gold’s Annual Christmas Gala and Support Drive promises to be the best kick off to the December festivities. Don’t miss out on our December 4th event – Excellent food, an incredible door prize raffle, and dancing to wonderful music with remarkable people. An elegant evening all in support of our annual Christmas Canasta giving program and the Nutritional Program at our partner foundation El Arenal.

Tickets on sale soon, with early bird discounts for the first week only! Stay tuned and mark your calendars for the best event of the year!

Land for Sale in the Sigsipamba sector

Beautiful land for sale in the Sigsipamba sector, on the way to Ricaurte. Just 15 minutes from the city of Cuenca. The land is flat, has 5,120.24 square meters and is next to the road, near farms and ranches. It comes with a one-level-house (under construction) and has all the basic services (water and electricity). It is located in a very quiet neighborhood, ideal to live or for vacation. The land has pine and fruit trees as well. The asking price is $ 120,000. For more information, please call the following phone numbers: 099-902-0414, 098-713-4435 or to the Landline 07-2881743.


Gringo Transportation Business For Sale

Immediate cash flow, booking 3 months out. Business includes luxury American car priced at $19,000. Serious inquiry only.

For more information, click on the reply below or 097-903-8626

Affordable American Dental Care in Cuenca

Dr. Alan Woods, dentist from the United States, has joined Dr. Maria Elena Conteras in her practice in Edificio Estadio, just east of the stadium. Dr. Woods special interests are crown and bridge reconstruction, treatment of patients with headaches associated with TMJ problems, and the dental management of patients with compromising medical conditions such as heart disease. Initial examinations are $10. Prophylaxis is $35.

To make an appintment, click on the reply below or call at 097-924-6002.

Transpo Ecuador

Takes you from Cuenca to Guayaquil and vice versa for $95. We transport all around Ecuador in a 4 door 2014 truck. Book now!

To contact Jon, click on the reply below or 098-494-9008