Tina

As far back as I can remember I was adventurous and wanted to see the world. The first time I traveled outside the country was with Keith just after high school graduation. After that, I was hooked. Throughout my career I was just like many of you, I wanted to work less and travel more. Keith and I made early retirement a reality. Now, I am here to help you retire early and find the inspiration to venture out and see the world.

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New Cathedral – Fascinating Tour in Cuenca Ecuador

New Cathedral The most iconic pictures of Cuenca are those of the blue domes of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or affectionately referred to as the New Cathedral by Cuencanos. This Cathedral is not to be confused with the “old” cathedral across the street. Located in the heart of the historic center of Cuenca, known …

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Panama Hat Factory (Authentic & Original) in Cuenca Ecuador

Panama Hat Did you know that the Panama Hat originated in Ecuador and not Panama? It originated in the mid-1600’s. It wasn’t until 1835 that Ecuador started shipping the hats worldwide and made a fortune. The hats became popular when the US President Theodor Rosevelt wore it during his visit to the building of the Panama …

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Orchid Farm, Flowers Both Beautiful and Rare, Cuenca Ecuador

The Orchid Farm The Orchid Farm (called Ecuagenera) is more than just a place to buy Orchids; it’s a laboratory, gene bank, and education center. They are one of the worlds largest suppliers of Orchids with over 8,000 species of which over 4,200 come from Ecuador. This small farm participates in orchid shows and lectures around …

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Seven Chruch Visit in One Night, Popular in Cuenca Ecuador

Seven Church Tradition There is a tradition here in Cuenca and around the world in urban Catholic communities to do a seven church visit on the evening of Holy Thursday (the night before Good Friday). The history of this tradition is not clear. The pilgrimage to each church may correspond to the seven stations of …

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Miguel Illescas Gallery, Metal at its Best, Cuenca Ecuador

Miguel Illescas Miguel Illescas Art Gallery had its grand opening last week which my wife and I attended. What a wonderful display of art. I have to say that we were a little biased since my art instructor, Alberto Soriano, was displaying some of his oil work. The artists were present along with many other …

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Medical Museum, Creepy and Fascinating in Cuenca Ecuador

Medical Museum The Medical Museum (or more accurately, Museum of the History Society of Medicine) presents a history of medicine through a selection of old devices used over the years by doctors, surgeons, dentists, apothecaries, and their patients. The entrance to this museum is off of Dose de Abril at the west end of Military …

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