Which has been bubbling for a long time.
I'm not there any more, but one of the last things I heard was that Ecuadorians were getting tired of all the noobs pouring in and buying up land, houses, and whatever.
The following is a good summary. The Ugly American revisited: arrogance plus ignorance is a recipe for trouble as more N. Americans move to Ecuador
And another piece: Who are all these gringos, anyway? A sociological examination of Cuenca's growing expat community
Lee Dubs is a gem. Visit him and Caroline at the Carolina Bookstore in Cuenca if you drift through there.
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