Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014... in Ecuador...

If a year ago someone told me that we would start this year in Ecuador, I wouldn't have believed it!
Life is full with surprises! and it's so good to live with the flow.
We had a quiet Holidays Season, enjoying the nice weather and beautiful surrounding nature (green landscape, flowers, nice temperatures, wildlife, singing birds every morning...); It's a bliss everyday!

Then we went to Cuenca (Big City - 4 hours drive); to get our Cedula (ID card); We had prepared the list of papers they required but needed only half of them and had to go to the notary to make a declaration (it took us about an hour and $40 for the 4 of us).
When we arrived in the morning there was a huge line up but we found an express line for foreigners! (what a blessing!)...
When we came back in the afternoon, it was almost the closing time but they accepted us and made our cards right away (as I was pregnant and coming for a long distance);
Unfortunately there was some mistakes on hubby's papers, so he had to ask the government in Machala to correct them and he had to go back a week later (now, it's done and we all have our precious card!).

As we received our permanent visa (Dec 20th), we contacted our transporter to get our container;
We received a message from the Ecuadorian transporter stated that we had 6 months to ship our goods!
So they waited us to get the visa and now they count the entry date in Ecuador as the opening date!
We enter on June 22d and we had till December 22d to be able to ship them tax-free...
They say, there is still a way...It's to go to the border and get the passport stamped with a new date!
Then go back to the 'immigration police' to have the updated paper...
So today hubby made the trip to Peru for that...What a story!
He took some pictures at the Peru border as it was a very interesting different landscape: straight roads with kind of desert land and some very green trees. Also some rice cultures

The garden is blooming and we have an abundance of organic tomatoes in the green house:

We still enjoying Kale, lettuces, cucumbers, herbs and we have few little honey dew melon, watermelon, lemons who are coming as well as the raspberries.

Our big project is taking shape!... We are enjoying the process; It's pretty interesting....Maybe one more month of hard work...

Thank you for stopping by and following our story in Ecuador!