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Saying Goodbye

Lunches and Dinners and more

This has been a week of good bye lunches and dinners with friends and family. Last week I bought a webcam and am so excited about being able to talk to others “face to face” on Skype. I’ll probably see more of them than I did living here. It was easy and quick to install which, for this technologically challenged person, I was very grateful for. Now, if you call me, don’t expect makeup and perfect hair. I plan to practice “minimalist” living. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Skype, you do not need a webcam in order to make calls-only if you want to do video calls. Skype to Skype calls are free worldwide. When you sign up, you can find me via my email address or name. I also plan to purchase a Skype plan whereby I can make calls to mobile phones and landlines anywhere in the world. It is ridiculously cheap! As much as I complain about technology getting ahead of me, I am very grateful for Skype! More dinners tonight and this weekend. Hope I get my packing done!

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Moving Preparations

Culling the clothes!

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9/20/10. I call this moving because I will not be returning to CeCe’s house when I come back. I thought that because most of my possessions were in storage, sorting thru my take and leave items would be a piece of cake and require one trip to the storage unit. Wrong! I couldn’t believe how much stuff I had accumulated in the house. I also needed to decide which suitcases I was going to take with me as I would have to pack for three months, but I would be schlepping them thru airports and bus terminals so they had to be manageable. I have a big old suitcase that I lovingly refer to as “Big Red.” I knew it was in storage and since I decided I better take her, I was hoping that I could find her easily. Well, she was in the back corner of the unit, but was easy enough to extract. Normally when I fly, I have a backpack with wheels that I use for my carryon. I didn’t think it was going to fulfill my needs on this trip but I wanted to take it, so I decided to take the next smaller red suitcase, which would fit in the airplane, and put the backpack inside Big Red. I am planning ahead for bringing back more than I am taking – right? I’ve been to the storage unit three times so far!

9/22/10. I discovered how many articles of clothing I have at the house that I won’t need in the tropical climate I am headed for. There were a couple items that I couldn’t decide whether to take or not so I played it safe and packed them. Only five days before I leave and so much to do!

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First Things First

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9/10/10. I have spent the last month getting ready for my three month stay in Ecuador. There were so many details to take care of! I started making a list of these things and checked them off as I completed them. Why did I choose Ecuador? Because it is rated one of the top retirement destinations in the world based on several criteria. I wanted to find out for myself what all the hoopla was about.

The first thing I needed to do was renew my passport which had expired in March. To make sure it arrived in time, I paid the expedite fee. To my surprise, it showed up in less than 10 days. Check.

The next project was deciding where I wanted to stay. I knew it was going to be on the coast, so I checked out all the towns and villages from the Northern border to the Southern border. Ecuador is reputed to have wonderful white sand beaches. Some of the areas were party towns and I knew that wasn’t for me. Some of them were surfer towns – that’s not going to happen. And others were for the rich and famous. On my limited budget, I knew those wouldn’t work. I decided on a quiet little town; Bahia de Caraquez, or as it is known to the locals, simply “Bahia”. It is located between a river and the Pacific Ocean on a peninsula in the central part of the country. Check.

Now for accommodations. I had seen an article by a gentleman who operated a bed and breakfast and I emailed him to find out where I should stay. He kindly responded that he was no longer in Bahia but to contact Susie at Coco Bongo Hostal. I checked it out online first and it looked very inviting. Then I emailed Susie and she had a room available for me for the whole time I was going to be there and at a decent price. Reserved and check.

Looking for a flight took a long time. It is not cheap to fly to Ecuador from Texas. Booking took about two weeks as I was all over the internet looking for the best and cheapest way to get there. I also had to coordinate my departure with my friend CeCe, as it was her house and dog I was sitting. I finally purchased enough frequent flyer points to book my flight and it was about one half the cost of a purchased ticket. I was restricted on dates and I had to be careful to book my return flight within 90 days of my arrival or I would be required to get a visa before I could leave the country. Did I mention I was a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.)? Born shopper-that’s me. Booked and check.

There was one important detail I needed to take care of that I kept putting off. Updating my Will. I knew I had to do it but every time I started it, I would get "distracted" by another "task." Yesterday I finally sat down at the computer and drafted it. I still need to get it signed and witnessed, but at least it's done. Check.

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