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8 Small Things About Traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador that Make a Big Difference

It’s those small tidbits of information about Cuenca, Ecuador that make traveling here or living here a lot more exciting.  And though I read as much as I could before we moved here, there are just some things that I didn’t know about until I got here and experienced them. 

Today, I’m sharing 8 small things about traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador that make a big difference.  It’s the small things that add up and make getting around here a little easier.

After many, very frustrating attempts at dialing numbers from our local cell number and not getting through and thinking something was wrong with out local number and magic jack, a local Ecuadorian clued us in how to dial numbers here.

1.)   How to Dial Numbers From a Cell vs. Landline Phone. When you dial cell phone to landline, you have to dial a “0” in front of the first single digit number. 

When you dial landline to landline, you dial the last group of numbers, which is the last seven numbers. 

Something so small never created so many communication problems when we first got here.

The business cards here that we have gathered as we have gone to restaurants and furniture stores have like an area code, single digit number and then 7 numbers on them. 

We were told those set of number is the way you dial from the states, but we never had any local business cards when we were in in the states.  So we don’t know if that is true or not.

What we do know is that now we can make calls.

2.)   “What kind of reputable bank names itself 29 de Octubre?When we first arrived, I asked what section of town a rental home was in that we were looking at and the local man answered with a date. 

I ask again and got the same answer.  My Spanish is not real bad, but good enough to know I wasn’t asking for the date.

Quickly, I learned that many sections of towns, business and yes reputable banks are named after historical events. 

Our banker back in the states just had to call us before he wired us money to be sure it wasn’t a hoax.  No, no hoax. 

Ecuadorians are proud of their history and use the names of historical events and famous people to name places.  Now only to dive into their history and learn about each event.

How about that for witty?  I bet the children and adults here remember significant historical dates.

Cuenca Bank thumb 8 Small Things About Traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador that Make a Big Difference(29 de Octubre on Gran Colombia is a very reputable bank here.)

3.)   Loose change Matters.  On the last few days in the states, I came across a tidbit of information, which is real important to know here and that is loose change matters.

I didn’t read much about it before, but I’m glad we saw that bit of information before we left the states because we did bring loose change, but not near enough.  

We tried to cut down on how heavy my purse was and it seemed loose change was a lost cause, but we were wrong.

Since a bus ride in town costs .25 and many tips include .50 cents (like delivering your propane bottle to your home or delivering a big thing of water), and many taxi rides are less than $2.00, you need LOTS of change. 

Bring those quarters, dimes and nickels because loose change is king here. 

Matter of fact, a huge coin purse for you and one a bit more manly-man looking for the Mr. is a nice plus.

We used small ziploc bags for the first weeks for our coin purses.  Stylish uh?

4.)   Oxygen Deprivation May Begin If you Whip out a $100 Bill. When you are traveling, it is hard to bring a bunch of small bills, but you need them here until you can make your way to Banco Central Del Ecuador to get change for your one hundred dollar bills.

And whatever you do, don’t whip out such a large bill to the locals because almost none of them can make change, even big businesses, for a hundred dollar bill.

A few locals told us to go to a local bank they knew about or used. 

It’s a bank, it’s suppose to make change, right?  No, not here.  The only place where we have made change for one hundred bills is Banco Central Del Ecuador.

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This large bank is next to the local museo (museum) and it is the only one we have been able to get change for our one dollar bills. 

Also, there are ATM machines there and you can get out $100.00 at a time.  We are not sure if you can get out more than $100 per day because we have not tried it, but the Mr. thinks it is only $100 per day.

5.)  Taxi for 5, please?  Many expats here are retired couples or single people and this problem never happens to them.  With a family of 5 like ours, we have only had one taxi that let all 5 of us ride together. 

The taxis here are small and are made for only 4 people.  So unless some of you walk or take the local bus, we have to hail two taxis for our family when we have a distance to go.

One time we got excited because we saw a bus like taxi or we thought so anyway.

After getting excited and hailing it, we got a bunch of chuckles from sweet kids inside it as it passed us up.  It was a school bus. 

6.)  Gringo Post.  We had heard about Gringo Post before we came, but it becomes more valuable as you get here because it is not only for selling things, but it has great tidbits of information posted on it. 

Too, it has been a great place to ask questions.  Some days it feels more like the “local gringo newspaper” than a website to post items for sale and find them.

7.) Coffee Conundrum.  You know my love for the perfect cup of coffee in the morning.  I just want one or two cups to start my day.  You know the little things. 

Gran Columbia Suites where we are staying at didn’t have a coffee pot, until this past week when they delivered a 4 cup pot. 

From talking to other gringos here, it seems like we are not alone in finding a good cup of Joe.  A lot of places that you stay in that are furnished will have a blender, which is a huge important thing to the locals here or it at least seems that way, but not a coffee pot.

Finding a cup of coffee made by a regular coffee pot and not made by a cappuccino machine or dripped through a bag is still hard to find.  I was told they have coffee pots in restaurants and I have finally started seeing a few around, but they seem to pretty scarce.

I solved my dilemma because on the fifth day we were here, we bought a coffee maker.  And because I like a little bit of coffee with my cream, flavored creamer is almost non-existent here.

I have been able to find powdered creamer and I was told recently by a local gringo that SuperMaxi has flavored creamers.

That is next on my list to hunt for to have the perfect cup of coffee!

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8.) House hunt from 3 weeks to 1 month.  I knew about the laid back lifestyle which is another reason that drew us here, but no one told us that the house hunt could last for anywhere from 3 weeks to 1 month and that was pretty normal. 

Some gringos don’t find a home until closer to two months.  Why?  Because there are so many factors to consider like semi-furnished, fully furnished versus not furnished at all.

Too, we kept getting different answers on deposits to put down for a rental. 

Also, there is location to consider.  If you don’t have a car, like most of us when you arrive, then location is everything too. 

Then besides the obvious questions about the monthly rental price, there is also finding out the details about utilities, internet (which is a big huge concern for me) and security.

Knowing that we found a rental home within 3 1/2 weeks is normal here made me feel a bit better after talking to many gringos. 

Just be prepared to take your time if are looking to rent and be sure the place you are staying when you first arrive lets you rent long term.

Small details matter to me and so by sharing them, hopefully you will be a bit more armed with information for those small things that make a big difference.

Hugs and love ya,

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7 Step Homeschool Planner Free Library Resources List

It’s killing me! This is the first year that I have not been able to coil bind my 7 Step Homeschool Planner because each piece of luggage was perfectly weighed so that we could bring them to South America.

It came down to a choice between a math book for Tiny and my homeschool planner to pack in our bag.  You know which one I had to pack.   I did find some other things here, but first I have to let you know that I have another form ready and it is the 7 Step Homeschool Planner Free Library Resources List.

I am so excited about this newest form because I have a whole host of forms that I slowly work on as I get wired excited as the homeschool planner grows with more options each year.

Before I tell you about the Library Resources List though I wanted to share a few pictures of what I saw the other day walking down the streets here in Ecuador.

The sight of it was enough to make an organizing loving gal’s heart go pitter-patter.

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I saw this office supply storefront and just knew I had found a place to do coil binding.

Sigh. . . no, but of course they had so many other “goodies” there that I couldn’t bring with me in a bag when we first got here.  I  knew I just had to step inside and take a peek.

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The inside was enough to make me not breathe.  I have been too long without my organizing pretties.

I am still on the hunt for a coil binding place, but for now, I have visited this place each week.  I didn’t want to buy too many things before we move into our new home, but I am over the top excited about finding this big place.

It’s the small things you take for granted like coil binding until you don’t have them.  But then again, I am loving the adventure of finding new things.

Enough about me.  This is about you today because I am excited to share a Library Resources List.

You know how I feel about creating forms for the Free 7 Step Homeschool Planner.  I just create as I go along and take my time with each form.

I am a stickler for correct names of forms too.  So titles of forms matter.  The title of this form is “Library RESOURCES” and not Library Books.

Most of the time we can borrow so many more things from a library other than just books.  For example, at our library we can borrow DVDS too.

So I used a more broad term to include other media you may borrow from the library.

Then the next thing I did was to divide the sections by 10 items.

Sometimes we will pick up a lot of items at the library and sometimes it is just a few.  But hopefully, with the sections divided by 10 items, which means that 30 titles fit on one page, it will help you to see at a glance how many items are not returned yet.

So the captions across the top are titles, due date and then a column to mark when you have returned the item.

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Plus I like things separated a bit when I am writing on my planner instead of everything running together.

Today, I have one color choice, but you know I love color options.  So you know what that means, right?  More color options coming!

After all, no one curriculum planner should ever be matchy-match.  It should be unique, like you! Couldn’t resist a bit of sugary sweetness.  Okay, that’s enough.

Hope you like it!

Download here Library Resources List

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Finishing Strong is all about homeschooling middle & high school students.

Two words sum up our most popular posts from last week: independence and interest. Seems like many of you are looking for ways to teach your teen to be more independent with their school work and want to include more of their interests into the lesson plans.

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      • Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them.
      • You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, or other link ups, or parties. I will remove them. Homeschool related reviews are permitted and of course all topics related to homeschooling middle to high school students.
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Cultivating the Desire to Homeschool

You’ve probably come across the type before.  Those homeschoolers that just always knew they were going to homeschool and no doubt they knew before their first child was conceived. 

However, if you are one of those that just fell into homeschooling or came to it kicking and screaming, then cultivating the desire to homeschool has probably been a learned art for you.

Whether you always had the desire to homeschool or hopped on board later, we all need to rekindle and cultivate the desire to homeschool so we can foster our growth.

Let’s just face it too, the world we live in today doesn’t engender finding tranquil moments in our day to ponder our desire to homeschool and fill up our reserve. 

On the other hand, each day that we homeschool can empty us of our eagerness to keep on homeschooling.

It’s essential to maintaining the pace of homeschooling to tap into homeschool resources that will stir you to action and to avoid certain mind-sets.

Avoid the Weight of Burdensome Negativity.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemies because we have a set standard unreachably high for either us or our children. 

For example, do you need to adjust the time that you begin school so that you have time to get more house chores done, or just to soak up more time in the morning to wake up? 

Between me and you, I had several days early in my journey where I missed taking a shower and skipped breakfast because my schedule said it was time to start.  Why do we do that to ourselves?

I never did get any homeschooling mom of the year trophy award either. 

What I did learn was that day in and day out schooling at a grueling pace only sets a homeschooler up for burn out. 

The end of the journey is all that matters.  Mr. Senior 2013 remembers more about the quiet moments we had at home together doing simple things like reading aloud and playing board games than he did large homeschool projects where we were all stressed out.

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Maybe you feel your child is not progressing as fast some other homeschool children that you know. 

Could your child be at a learning plateau or is he getting enough rest and exercise?  Look at The Dos and Don’ts When You Hit A Learning Plateau in Homeschooling.

Change Your Homeschool Approach.  I changed my homeschool approach three times until I found one that suited my children and my teaching style. 

When we are fighting a switch to a new homeschool approach, it can have devastating effects on our desire to continue homeschooling. 

Look at Stop Switching Your Curriculum, Switch Your Course of Study.  I use to think if only I can change my teaching methods at the end of the year that it would be less stressful. 

What I finally realized was that like a parched and sun scorched plant that is drying up and shriveling, my children’s love of learning was the same way.  

I needed to take quick action to inject a love of learning by changing either my approach, curriculum or schedule.

Just Can’t Avoid it – You Need Other Homeschoolers.  Before I formed our co-op and field trip group, I use to think I was too busy to be meeting with other homeschoolers.  Ask me now about how I feel and I cringe about my thinking then because homeschooling and meeting with other homeschoolers are inextricably linked to homeschooling staying power.

When you are tired with several small children, it’s hard to see how fellowship with people you barely know will help you.  It just seems like one more energy zapping exercise. 

And to make matters worse, if your personality is like mine where you are perfectly happy with just your inner circle of friends, it can be hard to overcome the thinking that you are just fine.

But what I have learned is that the homeschooling spirit is contagious when you have a crowd around.  Instead of draining your time of one more lack luster thing to do, interacting and sharing tips, techniques, and venting about the the ups and downs of homeschooling with other homeschooling families bolsters our desire to keep on homeschooling.

Not only are we encouraged to keep on homeschooling, but we meet other families who have similar circumstances as our own.

Some of the most significant homeschooling changes that I have had the conviction to do came directly after mingling with experienced homeschool moms.

Stoke the embers of homeschooling by fueling the desire to homeschool through being consistent each day and being quick to take advantage of opportunities to be encouraged by other homeschoolers. 

The end will be here before you know it.

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5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons Day 5 For Middle and High School

Today’s printables in my series 5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons 5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons Day 5 For Middle and High School Day 5 For Middle and High School are from Part II. When Columbus was in Portugal and Spain (1474 – 1492) Lesson 5 and 6 and from Part III. When Columbus was Sailing From Spain (1492 – 1500)  Lessons 7 and 8.

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The minibook Spanish Inquisition is for Lesson 5 under Part 11. When Columbus was in Portugal and Spain  (1474 – 1492).

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Click to download Spanish Inquisition Here.

And then the minibook The Battle of Bosworth, which was the end of the War of Roses is for use in Lesson 6, also Part 11. When Columbus was in Portugal and Spain (1474 – 1492).

On this minibook, there are two pages which are the same except that one has the answers if you want to use this for a younger child or for your middleschooler. 

Though I try to list the pages in the book too where the answers can be found through your child’s research, I also give an answer sheet to help if you need it.

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Click to download The Battle of Bosworth Minbook WITH answers Thank You.

The next two notebooking pages, which are City of Granada and Alhambra are for use with Lesson 7, Part III. When Columbus was Sailing From Spain (1492 – 1500).

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Click here to download Notebooking Page for City of Granada

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Click here to download Notebooking Page for Alhambra The Most Beautiful Palace in the World

And then the Renaissance Geography Martin Behaim minbook is for use in Lesson 8, Part III. When Columbus was Sailing From Spain (1492 – 1500).

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I do have one more printable I created too after Mr. Senior 2013 did his notebook cover on this book.  He drew the States of Italy from one of the hundreds of beautiful drawings in The World of Columbus and Sons, but I had some clip art from one of my paid resources and thought I would create a cover for you. 5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons Day 5 For Middle and High School

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Of course feel free to use this any way your child wants to.  It can be a notebooking cover or it can be placed in the very front of the notebook  because this is the area that Columbus grew up in.

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Download States of Italy Notebook Cover. 

I hope your family enjoys these freebies.  Knowing that there are so many topics to cover in this book can make it overwhelming to cover, but I hope your family enjoys the printables and they make it a little more enjoyable to cover as we love these series of books.

And don’t forget I have a huge Renaissance Unit Study and Glass Blowing Unit Study that will enhance your study of The World of Columbus and Sons.

Renaissance 1300 to 1600 Unit Study

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If you didn’t grab the printables from Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 you can get them below:

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5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons Day 2 For Middle and High School

5 Days of Learning Printables:The World of Columbus and Sons Day 3 For Middle and High School

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