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From Omaha to Ecuador: I’m an Expat, Not an Ex-Patriot

Posted on 05/16/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

Your Life“I don’t like being called an ex-patriot,” my friend Jack said. He’s a former elected official and about as red-white-and-blue as they come. His wife is a former trial judge. But now they’re retired and living in Ecuador…for the adventure, the pleasurable lifestyle, and the lower cost of living. Gently, I explained to Jack that he is definitely not an ex-patriot. And he never will be… Jack is an expatriate. As the dictionary explains, the word “expatriate,” which can be …

From Omaha to Ecuador: All I Miss Are Triscuits

Posted on 05/2/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

Your Life“What do you miss the most from home?” As a speaker at International Living conferences held around the world, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked. And it’s one that’s easy to answer. I’ve been living in Latin America for 11 years, and the truth is that I have a new home now, in Ecuador. There’s not much I miss from my old home. In fact, there are far more things I don’t miss than those I …

From Omaha to Ecuador: The ABCs of Retiring Overseas

Posted on 04/25/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelThe following is a guest post from Suzan Haskins. “How did I get here?” I wonder that often. Here is a small Andean mountain village basking under the equatorial sun in a green valley 8,000 feet above sea level between two extinct volcanoes in northern Ecuador. And of course, I know more or less how I got here. Almost a dozen years ago, my husband, Dan, and I sold our house in Omaha, Nebraska, and moved south – out of …