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The Cuenca Mercadito

The Cuenca Mercadito, an arts and crafts flea market that brings artisans selling their work and the public together, will be open again this Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be clothes, jewelry, recycled art, food, desserts, organic chocolate, accessories, handmade decorations and more.

Meet the artists, enjoy some samples and share our passion for creativity!
Hostal Bauhouse, Benigno Malo y Gran Colombia. Entry is free

Familia Amor Animal – Special Fundraising Event

There are as many as 30,000 homeless dogs in the Cuenca canton, with half of those living in the city proper. Although the number is down 30% to 40% from 10 years ago, due largely to the efforts of several animal rescue services and spay / neuter campaigns, a great deal of work remains to be done for Cuenca to meet international standards.

One of the most active animal rescue organizations in Cuenca, Familia Amor Animal (FAAN), is asking for the support of the city’s expat community. FAAN, which depends on 18 volunteer workers, takes care of 60 dogs at its kennel off of Av. Las Americas Southwest and places another 40 dogs with families who care for them until a permanent home can be found. In addition, FAAN provides medicine and veterinarian services to the dogs and is working with other organizations to strengthen the city’s animal abandonment and cruelty laws.

Please help FAAN to continue its work for Cuenca’s homeless dogs by attending a special fundraising event Saturday, August 16, at 4 p.m. at Quinoa Restaurant, Benigno Malo 12-75 and Vega Muñoz. The event includes dinner, live music and Bingo. Cost per ticket is $20. Sign-up deadline is August 10.

If you would like to attend, please email Nataly Pesántez at sukitapesantez@hotmail.es or phone 098-310-8989.

6 Textile Artiest Show and Sale

Reminder: 6 Textile Artists fir Show and Sale on August 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-77 Presidente Cordova 7 Manuel Vegas.

There will be hand woven and hand made items of clothing, home accessories, and gifts. Please bring cash. There will be a cash bar, food and friends. Entry is free.

English-Speaking Christian Church

Please join us in worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ this Sunday morning at Cuenca Christian Church. Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. (coffee and pastries), with worship beginning at 10 a.m.

Cuenca Christian Church (www.cuencachristianchurch.com) is located at Simon Bolivar 6-23 (2 blocks east of Parque Calderon) on the second floor (one flight of stairs).

Women’s Bible Study in English

You are warmly invited to attend a Beth Moore Women’s Bible study in English on the book of James. We meet every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel on Belisario Andrade 3-142 and Av. Solano a block north of the Tres Puentes (Three Bridges).

Wanted Gas Cylinder

Looking for a spare Gas Cylinder for residential use.

Question: Canvas Picture Mounting Frames

Looking for a source for Stretcher Strips. I brought canvas art from Canada and need to have some mounting frames made up. Anyone know of a economical source? or where to buy the stock at least?

Question: Dental Implants

Will be traveling to Cuenca in a few months and will seek quotes and perhaps have it done, several dental implants. Any recommendations for implant specialists,preferably with in-house Lab.

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Question: Nicorette Gum

We have exhausted our supply of nicorette gum. We’ve been told at several pharmacies that the product does not exist in Ecuador. Has anyone found a source or viable alternative?

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Question: Asthma Specialist

Looking for an asthma specialist or perhaps a respiratory
doctor. Chronic cough and diagnosed with cough asthma in the U.S.

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Common Grounds Weekend Specials!

 Wednesday, July 30: Happy Hour 3  to 7 p.m. , Movie night!  Dinner 6 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 31:  Happy Hour 3  to 7 p.m,  Super Trivia Night: Dinner  6 p.m,  Trivia 7:30 p.m. Please call for reservations, limited seating available.

Friday, August 1: Happy Hour 3  to 7 p.m, Dj pablo control 7 p.m. to 2 a.m, live music, with batao latin band, salsa, merengue, reguetton. Special Cocktail 8 to 10 p.m.,  $3.50.

Saturday, August 2:  BBQ and  burgers special all day, happy hour 3  to 7 p.m.  Special Cocktail $3.50.

Sunday, August 3: Champagne Brunch Buffet 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m,  Hall of Fame game, NY Giants vs. Buffalo Bills   8 p.m.

You cannot miss the best deals only in Common Grounds.

Common Grounds is located on Paucarbamba 2-75 (diagonal to Clinic Santa Ana). Call for more information at 410-3999.

Book Now To Save 45% Off Luxury Accommodations At Yachana Lodge!

It’s a jungle out there and now you can discover how to “Live the Amazon” of Ecuador using this promotion open through September 2014. Here is your chance to experience a part of Ecuador noted for being a place of life and abundance.

Yachana Lodge, as a part of the Yachana Foundation, is the pioneer Eco-lodge dedicated to socially conscious tourism and to educating visitors by engaging with local communities. A trip to Yachana Lodge is a departure from the typical Amazon tourism experience. We are the only Eco-lodge in the Amazon currently offering 45% off rates for all-inclusive luxury accommodations and unique varied 3 or 4 night excursions. Call 932-252-3777 and ask for Paulina to Reserve Today.


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Budget – Adventure Awaits!

LogosAn internationally renowned name in rental car services, with presence in the global market for over 50 years, in 3200 offices in more than 1900 locations in 120 countries, Budget has been serving Ecuador for over 35 years. With this experience, it is bound to give you the best service and assistance. Having a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, from small coupés to 4X4 SUVs, which are all well maintained and have the required safety features.

Besides its locations in the capital city, Budget counts with other locations in the country’s main touristic and business hubs.

Contact us at 07-286-7946/ 098-040-6799SZ
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Salinas
For more information:  http://www.budget-ec.com/

Your Health Solution


Your wellbeing is important to us! Bonanza invites you to learn about the free benefits available to North American retirees residents of Ecuador.
Stay Healthy, Enjoy Life
Exhibitor: Jose Cordero
Date; July 31.
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Place: Camara de Comercio de Cuenca; Federico Malo, Cuenca

Unfurnished Condo In Desired Location For Rent

This two-bedroom apartment is located on one of Cuenca’s most popular condominium projects, close to shopping, a modern supermarket, good restaurants and a short cab ride to the historic district. It comes with 1 parking space. In great neighborhood popular with expats and it has an amazing view to the city from the balcony. The building has 24-hour security and an elevator. One Year Lease or more. No pets. Price $ 450.

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Live Jazz 4 Nights a Week at The Jazz Society Café!

This Week at The Jazz Society Café
(upstairs at La Viña restaurant)

Wednesday, July 30:    Rive Gauche Quartet
Thursday, July 31:     Luis Ullauri & The Jonnathan Arevalo Trio
Friday, August 1:      Renato Albornoz & The Manuel Quezada Quartet
Saturday, August 2:    Jim Gala Quartet & & Special Guest Artists

Also appearing: vocalist Cristina Navas and guitarist Julio Bonemaison

Free Admission!

Food and beverage service from 6:30 – 10 p.m.; Music at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a romantic evening of acoustic (not loud) Jazz and authentic Italian cuisine!

The Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jarmillo.

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Holistic Health Care in Cuenca

Dr. Hugo Alvarez’s integrated holistic approach to health incorporates Homeopathy, Quantum medicine (Quantum biofeedback), Nutrition & Psychotherapy, The doctor received his formal education in Cuenca and Toronto, Canada. He is now offering his integrated approach to patients of all ages in Cuenca.

For more information or to make an appointment call or write 099-963-1202 or 09-316-3951 or click on the reply below.

Carpool Ecuador

Come with us to GYE or vise-versa for $95 and half price when the vehicle is either coming or going . Make your reservation as soon as possible and I will accommodate you in a comfortable 2014 four door truck. Contact Jon at jlabouef@gmail.com or call him at 098-494-9008.

Attention Fishing Enthusiasts

2012 Sea Eagle Inflatable Fishing Boat. Seats four adults and gear. Includes 2 oars, floor boards, two bench seats, motor mount unit (no motor), inflation kit (electric pump) and carry bag. Like New, easy to transport and store, excellent for river/lake fishing. Asking $450

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Daily News Links

WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS: Because American Companies And Their Owners Are Greedier Now Than At Any Time In History
The U.S. recovery from the Great Recession is still one of the worst recoveries in history (see red line at right). Why is the recovery so slow and weak? One of the main reasons is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy, are still strapped.
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Business: Perhaps Bill Ackman’s best strategy against Herbalife is to keep his mouth shut
Disappointing second-quarter earnings have dealt the resounding blow to Herbalife’s stock price that hedge-fund billionaire Bill Ackman’s laborious attempted “deathblow” last week tried but failed to deliver. Shares of Herbalife were down in after-hours trading by more than 11% after the nutritional-supplement company made less profit than analysts were predicting for the first time in 21 quarters. The company’s revenue of $1.3 billion also failed to beat analyst expectations. To read more, click here.

Food: The 17 Food Words People Spell Wrong All The Time
Sure, everyone spells words incorrectly here and there and we can be as guilty as the next guy. But when it comes to food words, there are a whole slew that people misspell way too often — and unfortunately we encounter them more than we’d like. To read more, click here.

Blog of the Day: Making money – Expat jobs and businesses in Cuenca
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European Facials In Cuenca

Anti-aging, European facials and body care for men and women are provided in Cuenca by Skin Care Specialist, Margaret Ellis.

With a proper skin care routine with the right products, a monthly anti-aging facial and protecting yourself from the elements, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful skin living here in Ecuador.

Other services provided are back facials, eyebrow shaping/tinting, face waxing and consultation for purchasing of skin care products.

Appointments only, to make one, click on the reply below or 099-953-7545

Interview: Anthony Bourdain Talks Travel, Food, and War

Exploring Simple Pleasures in a Very Complicated World

by John Little, Blogs of War

I’ve never met anyone interested in the world around them who isn’t terribly envious of Anthony Bourdain. Fans of his books, shows like No Reservations and Parts Unknown know that he is far more than a roving chef. bourdain_large He is a keen observer of the human condition who leverages mankinds’s shared passion for a well-cooked meal as a tool of discovery. In over a decade of circling the globe he has seen the best and worst that humanity has to offer and he has seen it in more places than the vast majority of us could ever hope to visit. This broad experience, and the ability to think deeply about the world around him, truly sets him apart.

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European Banana Growers Respond To Ecuador and EU Trade Deal

Almost one in four bananas traded in the European Union last year came from Ecuador, and the South American country is set to improve its position through a trade agreement aimed at further cutting tariffs by €39 (US$52) more per metric ton (MT) than previous schedules for 2020.

With all other factors held constant, this would equate to €51.5 million (US$69 million) in savings based on last year’s volume.green bananas isolated on white background with clipping path

As a result, Europe Union growers – the majority from the community’s outermost regions of the Canary Islands (Spain), Martinique (France), Guadeloupe (France) and the Azores (Portugal) – have raised the alarm about how they’ll be be able to stay afloat amid heightened competition. Continue reading

Offering Housing In Cuenca In Exchange For Work Trades

We are interested in offering work trades in exchange for housing and a space for creative sabbaticals (or for people just wanting to explore Ecuador for a time). We are a couple in our thirties (formerly from NYC) and have a charming home in Cuenca with lots of space and light.

We are especially interested in working with creatives, but are open to many ideas. Right now we would LOVE to find a modern landscape designer to help us design our small back yard!Also interested in modern artists (painters, sculptors, potters), photographers (including lifestyle and food photography), film makers, raw food or vegetarian/gluten free chefs, gardeners, yoga instructors, interior designers, Spanish teachers, graphic design and website designers, seamstresses, clothing designers, art teachers, furniture makers, meditation teachers, guitar teachers.

The length of stay can be determined based on the type of work trade. Your work may also be highlighted on our U.S. based blog, if you’d like some exposure to a large audience. To apply, send us an email and share with us your skills and what kind of trade you might be able to offer and also let us know why you might want to be here for a time. Thank you and feel free to share with anyone who might be interested!

Azuay Community Theater

Greetings from the new Administrative Board of the Azuay Community Theater (ACT). We are excited about the interest generated during the last few months from the Cuenca community who are theater participants and patrons.

We would like to welcome and invite those of you who might not yet be on our mailing list to send us your contact information. We will be able to keep you updated on theater events in Cuenca, auditions coming up, performance dates and times, and we want you to know how to contact us if you have questions or comments.
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Looking For Dog Crate

Need a generous size crate for a médium size poodle to home train. Hope someone has one that is no longer needed and at a moderate price.

Needed 3 Bedroom Apartment/Condo

We are looking for a 3 bedroom apartment beginning September 1 2014- July 2015 for a family of four. Would prefer to be near green space, Avenida Primero de Mayo, or University of Cuenca. Any leads appreciated!

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