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And not to forget that Loja is the Ecuador capital of music. So here we go. We've had a [grossly incomplete] music video section.
A very special place right in the heart of Loja city
Our video section is growing little by little. We have a large backlog of raw video footage thas is waiting to be edited and made into Gringo al SUR episodes.
We are working with our new clients in Vilcabamba and Loja who have joined our video promotion program. Timothy's you were the first and we thank you. Arte's Randu in Loja followed. There are more to come in the following weeks.
While seekvilcabamba.com was dedicated to Vilcabamba and surroundings, todoloja.com broadens the scope to the entire Loja province.
Check out our new section called LIVING about real life in southern Ecuador.
Seekvilcabamba.com is finally waking up again with a fresh new look (tablet and smartpone friendly) and stacks of great new content almost ready to be published.
Explore the new web site and stay tuned for much more to come !!
Seekvilcabamba.com was created in 2009. It started as a unambitious web site, the aim of which was to share our own experience as gringos in Vilcabamba and help other expats find their way around the village.
We had pages for restaurants, shops, hotels and for activities and tours.
We also had a few pages on the surroundings, Loja city of course but also Zamora and Quinara.
We also had a resources section with articles that we and others wrote as well as a journal that Anita Evans published while she was living here.
A lot of water has flown under the bridge and I, Pierre Volter, aka "Gringo al SUR" have become more and more integrated in the Ecuadorian society due to a new lifestyle.
2011 already ! In March this year the Rio Uchima project will be 2 years old. What
a distance has been traveled since the early days of our first very wet winter of
2009 when we had to hike up the mountain with gunboots because the road was not
In 2010, we have seen the completion of the Vilcanet internet infrastructure in
Sacapo. It is now available to all quinta owners for a very affordable price.
2010 has also seen major progress on the water infrastructure front: the 20,000
gallon reservoir is full of delicious spring water, the river water catchment system
is operational for all the riverfront lots, a 6 months effort with the owners of
the restaurant Las Truchas. See our infrastructure section for details.
We start 2011 with the implementation of the power grid which should be completed
in a few short months.
A few months ago I gave myself the challenge to build a house on the property for
USD 15,000, not just a tin shed or a glorified garage but a *real* house with running
water, bathroom and kitchen, everything you’d expect. Part 2 of the article is now
on-line as well as the photo tour.
We venture outside of the Vilcabamba/Loja region to explore more of Ecuador, starting
I have attended a small segment of the August 14-17 2010 Montesuenos
“Truly Sustainable Solutions for Ecuador and the World” conference (Vilcabamba,
Loja Ecuador, see www.montesuenos.org ) and, at least in the small segment
that I have attended, I must say that what was missing and unsaid feels to me more
important than what I have heard. I had to leave after lunch. The afternoon was
going to be a discussion panel. I missed the panel but nevertheless, I can write
here what I would have wished to say there. The little time I spent at Montesuenos
was certainly not wasted as it gave me inspiration to write this essay below.
Anita's latest writings on the life we are living here in Vilcabamba
Today it poured (rained) and I mean poured down. We had thunder and lightning to
boot. It rained so hard and horizontal that the rain came in under the porch right
up to the walls and windows of the house (very unusual). The veranda was soaking
A good thing about it raining here in Vilca is it is warm. If you come from a colder
country\place similar to where I do when it rains and blows a storm you generally
want to just burry yourself indoors and not venture out as it is freezing, cold,
grey and gloomy.
Here today the rain inspired me – to clean the veranda. Since it was already soaking
wet and it was warm and still bright outside. So when the rain eased off and wasn’t
coming in horizontal anymore the eves gave me shelter from it. The rain also helped
loosen up the chicken shit so it came off easier.
We must have been talking to each other in our dreams. Two new articles about the
good versus bad dichotomy that is so pervasive on our planet earth.
A few months ago I gave myself the challenge to build a house in Vilcabamba for
USD 15,000, not just a tin shed or a glorified garage but a *real* house with running
water, bathroom and kitchen, everything you’d expect.
I was asked by a reader of my journals the other day “why haven’t you written for
a while?”, very valid question. Well I‟ve been to London to visit the Queen (I thought
to myself). No not really, I‟m just been very silly and avoiding the question. I
have been back in New Zealand on a journey …Yesterday I paid our water bill. So
big deal you might think. …So Im standing in the shower basin just in socks, no
shoes and I sweep forward (away from me). This tail goes UP in a curl and these
pinches start pinching and this creature starts up and crawling.
This is gentle writing that conveys a deep message and a lesson for us all to learn
and portrays the energy that I would like to see in our project. A place where people
live, strive to live, in peace with one another (and in is so practicing this every
day, overcoming their fears). Anita
Are you really what you say you are? My task to you is to ask yourself in earnest
and a deep deep level. I mean really think about it, mull it over for some time
‘is this belief me?‘ Ask this to yourself about every belief you have as you become
aware of them. Follow it up with the question ‘where did this belief originate from?’
... close to the entrance gate of the property, you can hear the river in the background
... lots of trees and shrub - an atmosphere of tranquility, freshness, serenity
... lots of space to move around, create gardens, build etc...
New! photo tour of each quinta (at the moment only 8, 9 and 14,
more to come...)
read on Q9
We are coming into an age where real wealth is starting to be understood as knowing
that you are doing your part to create a better and more sustainable world. There
is a huge, almost universal desire to make a difference, do something worthwhile,
put something back. This same passion invades the workplace and the marketplace;
a desire to build a better world. The combination that creates success for a sustainable
corporation and eco investment - is that when you are able to connect to a persons
passions, they will follow you to the ends of the earth, buy your products and services
with pride and may even be willing to work with you for next to nothing.
SEX, FIRE AND FUNERALS
... owe boy have we experienced fire here in Vilcabamba this last month. Where do
I start …. There was a big one at the base of Mount Mandango that surrounded 4 homes
and threatened to burn them down. Now there is NO fire brigade here in Vilcabamba,
nada, nothing, zilch, zero...
... let’s talk about sex in particular sexing chickens.
Folks do not try this at home with your kids ! (*)
Hold the baby chick under its head (where the head and the neck come together) don’t
hold to hard as you don’t want to kill it and LIFT. If the legs of the baby chicken
hand down (as in the photo below) then it’s a ...
(*) editor's note: does Anita mean not to try to sex your kids using this
technique (in case of ambiguity) or does she mean not to let your kids try that
on your chicks?
...During the night the finger swelled and throbbed and my lymph node in my right
arm pit swelled up and became very painful. So this morning after food I swallowed
an anti histamine tablet, something I reserve for severe stings. The finger was
red and so swollen it felt like the skin was going to burst. I kept applying the
creams. Around mid morning after walking down the hill and picking Emily up and
walking back up the hill (my finger growing worse with movement) I started to not
feel very well. I iced the finger and continued with the creams. Normally by now
the anti histamine tablet and creams would have reduced the swelling to nothing
and all would be good. But today was not the case. I started to feel sicker and
sicker. The room started to spin, pain started in my right side of my neck...
... first thing to realize is that there is nothing special about learning a language
compared to learning anything else such as the stock market, karate or indian cooking.
I repeat: there is nothing special about learning a language.
Just like anything else, the best way to succeed at learning a language is to watch
people who are successful at doing it and copy them. This is the core principle
of many "become successful" programs.
Official launch of our new online guide on Vilcabamba. Everything you need to know
about this wonderful place we live in.
Music Music again Okay some of you may remember how happy I was
when the elections were finished and we had quiet at night. But how I was also wondering
what the next event would be and how long our quiet would last. Well it lasted less
than a month. Tonight, Wednesday is the second night in a row we have had music
blasting out from the town. These last two nights the music has been very
loud and went on till 1 am last night.
So what is it now? Well, itâ€™s the quest for Miss Vilcabamba. So each
district within Vilcabamba has a competition to pick their most beautiful girl then
they go into the final where one will be crowned Miss V. So I figure we have at
least 3 more nights to go and the final will be on Saturday night â€¦â€¦
My advice to people: if you are coming here to live in Ecuador in any town,
but from my own experience especially Vilcabamba, and you don'tt like noise at night
"BUY OUT OF TOWN"..
I received this inspiring email today - a superb speech given by Paul Hawken and
wish to share it with you.
. . . .There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and
in case you didn't bring lemon juice to de code it, I can tell you what it says:
YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH IS HIRING. The earth couldn't afford to send any
recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night
blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint.
And here's the deal: .....
. . . . . . So I have two questions for you all: First, can you feel your body?
Stop for a moment. Feel your body. One septillion activities going on simultaneously,
and your body does this so well you are free to ignore it, and wonder instead when
this speech will end. Second question: who is in charge of your body? Who is managing
those molecules? Hopefully not a political party..... read on