James Drummondo

Where are you from, and what brought you to Cuenca? I grew up in Los Angeles and spent most of my adult life on the coast in Orange County.  I was planning to retire in 2017, after thirty years in the Fire Service, but I was offered an early retirement package in 2011, so I decided to retire early.  We wanted to explore a different culture and Ecuador seemed like a good place to start.  My family and I spent our first 6 months in Manta enjoying the coast and…

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Rob Annis

Rob has had many occupations in his life. He was a miner in Sudbury Ontario; a policeman in Toronto; worked for the railroad as a policeman; was a tour guide for a mining company; a chiropractor; a chiropractic consultant; an insurance and mutual sales person; a real estate agent; a national /international Australian company Marketing manager; a post university instructor at a chiropractic college; a researcher, and a father. The last place lived was Vancouver for two years and Melbourne Australia for two years BEFORE THAT It was by accident.…

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Expat Profile – Neil Mailer

Hailing from Calgary, Canada Neil Mailer is a young entrepreneur living in Cuenca Ecuador trying to carve out a piece of the action and take his passion for travel and adventure across the country.  A Good Samaritan, sports enthusiast, washed-up athlete, card player and jack of all trades. Neil is a self-made thousandaire looking to make a life with his girlfriend and his French bulldog Sophie south of the Equator. Where was the last place you lived before moving to Cuenca? Before coming to Cuenca I lived in Calgary Alberta.…

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I Am Asheboro! – Mary Murkin

  Being born in the Midwest in the early 1960’s gives me a little different view on everyday life. In the Midwest, farming is our greatest commodity—and in Illinois, that is predominantly corn. (Note: The “s” is NOT pronounced at the end of Illinois.) You learn to work with corn, you learn to eat corn, you learn to appreciate corn, and you learn to have festivals honoring corn, just to scratch the surface. Some folks also learn to make their living from corn. You know how in this part of…

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I AM ASHEBORO – Eric Abernethy

Eric Abernathy is a local nature photographer. He has had several showings at the Randolph Arts Guild and you can often find him in a kayak on Lake Lucas. He usually has an art booth with his amazing photography for sale at the Fall Festival in October. I did not grow up in Asheboro. I grew up in Winston-Salem and in Jamestown when I was younger. I was first introduced to Asheboro while attending Randolph Community College from 1996-1998. I graduated majoring in the applied science of photography in photojournalism.…

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I am Asheboro – Kim Allgood

Born in Greensboro, we moved to Asheboro when I was 2 years old when my dad took a job at Acme McCrary. My mom was a nurse and signed me up for dance lessons at Candy Brooks Dance Studio and preschool at Central United Methodist Church where we were members. Those were special years that helped shape my beliefs and ground me in my dancing queen persona and Christian faith. I grew up in one of the best neighborhoods … Hamlet Lakes. Not best as in ultra-fancy but as in…

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