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Nick and I crossed the Calle Larga …

January 29, 2013 3 comments

for a short visit to the Mercado 10 de Agosto.

It continues to amaze me how many fruits and vegetables are available here in Cuenca, Ecuador, all year long. My favorites, so are, so are, the huge stemmed dark cherries.

Nick ponders the purchases:

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and cherries.

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Itchy Parts

June 30, 2012 4 comments

I’m getting itchy feet!

My tentative departure date from Flagstaff, AZ, to Cuenca, Ecuador, is July 4.

At the moment, I’m waiting for all the parts of the puzzle to click together. These mostly involve the various bureaucratic hoops I need to jump through in order to get more than that standard, and automatic, 90-day tourist visa.

I’m aiming for a 180-day retiree visa, which will be renewable (in Ecuador) for two year-long visa and then status as a resident alien. I don’t know if I’ll be staying in Ecuador that long, but it seems best to start out seeking the most time possible.

So far, this has involved:

  • Getting a report from the Flagstaff Police Department of my virginal legal record. (It’s nice to be a virgin again).
  • A report from Social Security of my monthly benefits. The minimum amount, for Ecuador, is $800/month. I’ve got that.
  • A report from my bank showing at least a $1,000 balance. This is a rarity, but sister Nancy and I are making that happen.
  • All of the above must be notarized.

Then …….

All of this needs to be apostilled. Well, this is a new word for me (and I have a 14,000-word vocabulary, according to a test I took). Luckily, a representative of the Ecuadorean consulate in Phoenix told me that apostillization (sounds painful) would be performed by the offices of the Secretary of State of Arizona (the same guy who questioned Obama’s citizenship, I hear). So, I went to that website to find out what THAT entails. It seems just another hoop, notarization atop notarization.

Therefore, on July 18, Nancy and I will journey down the mountain from Flagstaff to Phoenix (at this time of year, otherwise known as HELL). I’ll go first to the Secretary of State, then to the Ecuadorian consulate.

The visa I’m seeking is the 12-IX, which is for 180 days. Once in Ecuador, I’ll apply for the 9-1, which will make me a permanent resident of Ecuador. We’ll see …

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