Friday, February 8, 2013

Expat Attitudes

I generally try to portray those things I experience here in Cotacachi and in my travels, limited as they may be.  Sometimes I talk about the realities of life that some find negative, especially when I am giving people the information I think might be helpful if they're attempting to make the decision as to whether or not they should move here.

Today I'd like to suggest you read a blog post by Lee Dubs that was on the Cuenca High Life blog last year.  It's entitled, "The Ugly American revisited: arrogance plus ignorance is a recipe for trouble as more N. American's move to Ecuador."  This is totally different than anything I've ever written but I think Lee says something that many of us recognize as a growing truth here and it's something I hope you'll read with the understanding that there are very few of us who are like that down here.  If you read this and feel that you can strongly relate to the people Lee is talking about, you might want to do a little more research before you consider making Ecuador your home.

For the rest of us, it's an interesting and, I feel, insightful article that speaks to so much more than the problems facing some expats here.


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    1. Thank you so much, Ed--I was a little concerned that my readers might not appreciate this kind of post but it was so important to me that I did it anyway. I try not to pull punches and this seemed to need saying. Thanks again.

  2. Some of the stuff he was talking about is precisely why I find myself wanting to get out of the US.

    These "Ugly Americans" are not all that much better here at home than they are abroad. There are way too many people who are rushed, arrogant, inconsiderate SOBs for whom NOTHING is ever their fault.