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Flying to the US to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Flying to the US to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Lately the United States has been called the “promised land,” although it already was for many migrants who continue to seek the American dream. But this time it is not a purely economic issue, but rather a public health issue. American—the country hit the worst by...

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I wonder if Lasso can say “spasiba”

I wonder if Lasso can say “spasiba”

“The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!” It sounds like a battle cry warning everyone to hide, but in fact it may be Ecuador’s saving grace. What I’m talking about is the announcement that incoming President Guillermo Lasso has achieved what the outgoing...

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The passing of a gentle giant

The passing of a gentle giant

I didn’t think I’d write about this again this week, but the ex-pat community has lost another one of our best people. Dr. Alan Woods, died this weekend due to health complications (unrelated to Covid). He was a dentist. He was a minister. He was a teacher. He was a...

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The best lived life

The best lived life

I just returned from the US yesterday. En route, I learned that my friend Jeff Salz had died of covid-19. I’m shocked and heartbroken. First let me say this: I am honored to have been able to call Jeff Salz my friend. He was a better man than me, and to have him...

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Coming home

Coming home

Every time I come to the US, I get worn out by the unrelenting consumerism and a sense that American’s really have little else to occupy their time than buying and selling. Such a sharp contrast from Ecuador, which seems to be more interested in family, time spent not...

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Where are the vaccines?

Where are the vaccines?

While I’m here in the US, Ecuador is bracing for another possible shutdown, is struggling to get the vaccines it needs, and is seeing the numbers of new deaths from the virus rise to levels first seen over a year ago. All the while, the US announced today that more...

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