Ronald – Do you see or hear about drug use or addicts there like in the U.S?
ESfromTX – How is bus travel in the mountains (say, between Cuenca and Guayaquil or between Cuenca and Loja)? Are there two classes of buses, as I’ve seen in Mexico? How old are the buses? Are they in good repair? Do the drivers drive safely? Are there many crashes? Are there bus strikes in Ecuador that leave you stranded?
ESfromTX – When are you going to Quito for exploration and filming? I’m so curious about that city.
Ronald – Do we need to see a doctor and or have a prescription for monthly maintenance meds like monthly heart, blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety, low-dose aspirin, vitamins, etc.? Not pain meds or antibiotics. How readily accessible are medical supplies for CPAP machines, oxygen, etc.?
Ronald – What is the best way to stay in touch with people from the U.S.? Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, cell phone? What are the cost for those things in Ecuador to go international?
Ronald – What is the best way to get from Quito to Cuenca? I see they have long layovers for the next flight. We will have several bags on our first trip. If you stay overnight in Quito as you have said in one of your videos, do you have to pick up your bags and recheck the next morning? Are the vans a valid option?
Mike and Sonja – If we purchased the AMEX travel insurance, do we still need secondary insurance thru an Ecuadorian company? If so who do you recommend?
Rob – There was some discussion recently on the Facebook page Olón Life about whether the beach in Olón is a swimming beach or not. Some said it was not particularly safe. What is you take on this? You seem to enjoy the water.
Lori – Do you know if there are any expat neighborhood areas in Guayaquil itself? The area where you climbed the stairway (for example) was beautiful, and worthy of possibly taking a closer look. I do know of one or two expats who have settled in GYE, and curious if this could be a trend?
Lisa – We eat very similar to you. Are you finding everything you need? I know you’ve gone to a larger commercial area to find a few items that are not readily available in much smaller Olón. Have you had to make any alterations in your daily “diet” and cooking projects? More of something/less of something? Omitted something entirely? Found anything new?
Walter – I know electronics are more expensive there, but other than aspirin and sunscreen, what else do you recommend we bring with us? And what do guys “stock up on” when you’re back in the US?
MuchasCosas – How often have you worn suits/ties (JP) or fancy dresses (Amelia) during the ~3 years you’ve been in Ecuador? Besides an occasional wedding or funeral, I can’t imagine much need for “semi-formal” wear.
Rikk – We have an adult daughter who has a disability (epilepsy and learning disorders). She gets her medications and checks in with a doctor once a year. Do you think the hospital there would be able to handle something like this?
Dave – Could you cover your timeline for selling everything and how you condensed a life full of stuff down to 2.5 suitcases?
Chris – Are all kinds of vitamins available in Ecuador? Also when one is traveling from the States, is there a particular way to bring your prescription medications. I’d like to keep them with me in a backpack instead of checked luggage.