Taking The Bus And Other Impossible
Misadventures In Ecuador
Sept. 18, 2014, Quito, Ecuador: Kali Kucera shares her story of reinventing her life from Seattle, Washington, to Quito, Ecuador.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Kali Kucera is a full-time Quito expat who addressed the group assembled in that city this morning for this week's Live and Invest in Ecuador Conference, making a presentation that he titled:
"Taking The Bus And Other Impossible Misadventures."
"Welcome to Quito," Kali began, "my beloved city that adopted me.
"Welcome to the middle of the world, which on certain days can make you feel like you're on the edge of the planet.
"This is a wonderful city," Kali continued, "of about 27 cities put together. If this is your first time here and you're walking around in Mariscal and feeling overwhelmed, multiply that by 27 to begin to get a real sense of this energetic capital.
"You may be wondering why I chose to title my presentation the way I did. Don't worry, I'm not here to convince you to take the bus or to sell you bus tickets. I'm not even here to convince you to move to Ecuador. Taking the bus is a metaphor that I use for the process of adapting to being an expat.
"And that's what this experience is all about—adaptation. Taking this bus, as I've chosen to do, has been for me a delightful experience that has allowed me to reset my expectations and assumptions about life and living and redefine my understanding of the difference between assumption and reality. Taking this bus has been a catalyst for me to reconsider everything.