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  •  I know Quito has 2.5 million people officially (12+ / 0-)

    but I think it is really much higher than that. And the city is squeezed into a high mountain valley without a lot of room to grow. So how about very dense?

    In case you guys missed this, I rewrote a piece from yesterday. I can't seem to get any ground on the issue and am beginning to wonder how to change my approach. Any feedback would be welcome:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    •  ...I'm thinking of retiring to Columbia, (5+ / 0-)

      ...Panama or Uruguay...I'm not kidding...

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

      by paradise50 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:05:29 AM PST

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      •  Make sure you take a temporary visit first. (6+ / 0-)

        Especially Columbia.

        Talk to shockwave about Uruguay. I'm not kidding. He knows a lot.

        Panama I know very little but we might be visiting later this year.

        We know lots of people who retire here in Ecuador but not in Quito, in Cuenca. Quito isn't a place a to retire.

        •  ...I've actually started researching this... (2+ / 0-)
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          angelajean, rubyr

          ...where can I afford to live when I retire (I'm never going to retire so my research is rhetorical I guess).

          The places I just mentioned are actually affordable for folks even on just the average amount you get in Social Security ($1288 per month is the average). All of these places are warm and cheap to live. Mexico has gotten to be too expensive for most middle class Americans. Any place in the "sunbelt" of the USA has gotten too expensive too.

          Columbia has actually gotten a lot safer in the past decade.

          Of course the way to go is to rent a place for a while and see how it feels. I met a man who retired to Mexico because he couldn't afford health care (that was his initial reason. He needed heart surgery and couldn't afford it in the States but could in Mexico). He has a great strategy, he rents a place for a year...and then moves on to another part of Mexico and rents a place for a year. This is cheaper than buying a home their plus he gets to live in gorgeous places yet not be stuck...

          Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

          by paradise50 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 10:12:33 AM PST

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