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Happy Thanksgiving day from the team of GringoPost
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Is there a stomach flu going around?

I've had three friends in the last week come down with vomiting that lasted for several hours. None of them remember eating anything that they don't normally eat.

Is there more of this going on? Just wondering if our little expat community is facing a stomach bug that is getting passed around.


Dept. of Veteran's Affairs, widows’ lump sum life insurance

I have been trying for two months to get veteran's survivor's gov't life insurance lump sum payment. Have spoken with a number of Veteran's Dept. workers by phone, mail, and email, including one who said the necessary, correctly completed forms I sent by FedEx were received.

I have also emailed the Consulate a number of times with no response.

I was told by VA that they are investigating due to my husband's death having occurred in a foreign country. I called again last week and was told "They are still investigating." I can find nothing in a thick file beginning decades ago regarding non-entitlement due to death in a foreign country. To the contrary, that I am the survivor beneficiary.

We paid for decades for this policy until my husband died. My husband served his country from 1948-1952 in the Korean war, laying his life on the line. To treat veteran's widows this way is grievous.

Does anyone have pertinent experience in collecting such benefits here? This is very painful. Please be gentle.


Help with IESS claim

I had emergency surgery at St. Ines. Need to file a claim with IESS and get reimbursed. Help.

Pat Williamson

Health insurance


I am 64 and look for the cheapest health insurance for my cedula. Any tips please. PS, I hear that OSCUS only costs $1 a month and is sufficient. Is that true?

Please call or email me.
or 097 977 8668.



Thanks for keeping the momentum going

To keep the community informed, here is a report on recent activities and events that Hearts of Gold and its volunteers are preparing for:

Through the Community Assistance Program (CAP), our organizational partners have the opportunity to tap into one on one mentoring hours. In these sessions, Hearts of Gold works with the organization to problem solve and strategize for the future. This week NOVA, a school where children with disabilities and children without disabilities learn side by side, is utilizing their mentoring hours. Hearts of Gold is happy to be a pillar of support and progress for NOVA.

On July 17th, Hearts of Gold finished up a four part fundraising series! This series ended with Fundraising 202, which focused on how to create an event, advertise, and get the community involved. We had the participation of our advanced CAP partners: CETAP Lucy, NOVA, El Arenal, and Kallpa Warmi. We hope our partners left with not only knowledge, but a greater sense of inspiration for improving the community. Below you can see a photo where are organizational partners recieved certificates for completing the workshop!

Assembly of God Bilingual Church

Come this Sunday as we meet as a family with our Heavenly Father. Iglesia Impacto Internacional. We are located at 12-37 Cordova y Tarqui, approximately 4 blocks west of Parque Calderón. Walk or drive into the corridor and take the stairs on the left. Sunday service begins at 10 AM. Nursery and a bilingual Sunday School for children are offered during the service. We also have Life Groups throughout the week. If interested in any Life Group please call so we can answer your questions. Youth Group – Misión 242 on Fridays at 7:30 PM.

See you there.
Facebook: ImpactoCuenca
Pastor Bob Leek: 098 332 0184

Sundays 10 AM, Free, Presidente Cordova 12-37 y Tarqui, Cuenca.


Hand crafted knitted items at the Grande Féria at Tutto Matto

Please come by my booth at Tutto Matto’s Saturday, July 21st. I will have a wonderful variety of knitted items and accessories including shawls, hats, scarves and more.

There will also be a selection of luxury yarn for sell, imported from the United States, for your fiber crafting needs.

When - Saturday, July 21st from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.

Where – Tutto Matto – Solano y Alfonso Moreno Mora

Saturday, July 21st from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, Tutto Matto – Solano y Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Elizabeth Mills:

Making enlightened society possible - Cuenca Shambhala Sundays

The Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Center invites you to meditate together, 10 - 11.30 AM every Sunday morning, up the stairs at Namaste India Restaurant.

Shambhala International follows the tradition of Pema Chödron and her teachers Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Chairs and cushions are provided.
Meditation instructions are available free online at

Free of charge. Donations - and you - are welcome.
¡Se habla español!

On the web at

Google Maps: search "cuenca shambhala"

Contact +593 98 284 8203 (WhatsApp). Call after 9 AM.

10-11:30 every Sunday morning, Donations welcome, 8-81 Calle Larga east of Benigno Malo, upstairs in Namaste India restaurant., Cuenca.

Paul Meers

Art show

Art show of over 25 local artists at the CVA Gallery, continuing through July 28. "Under $100" small works of great variety. Also see works of CVA member artists.

Wed. - Sat. 1 PM to 6 PM through July 28, free, Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca, in the Santa Canela Building, Cuenca.

Janda Grove:  096 867 9260. Call after: 10 AM.

Grande Féria this Saturday at Tutto Matto Pizza

Here’s a recap of the vendors you will find this Saturday at the Grande Feria at Tutto Matto Pizza on Solano. Double D’s, Cuenca Bagels, Mike’s Meats, Ali’s Kitchen, King Smokehouse, Loaves and Fishes, DeLisa’s Soups & Sweets, El Salon Home Delivery, Bene Placito, Artesa de Piedra, Mama Quilla, Chan Chan Cheeses, Curi Yaku Farms, Cuenca Blueberries. But that’s not all. You will have to come to Tutto Matto Pizza on Saturday to see what else.

Saturday July 21st from 9:30 to 2 PM, free, Solano y Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Laurie Bowers: 096 798 2182. Call after: 9 AM.

Sunday Worship at Calvary Chapel Cuenca

Come join us for Worship this Sunday at Calvary Chapel. We are a fellowship where God's Word is taught verse by verse. How can you obey God if you don't know what He has commanded. How can you be saved if you don't know what He says is required to be saved. We have a service in English at 9:30 AM and two Spanish services at 8 AM and 11 AM. Children's Sunday School is provided during the Spanish services. You can find us at the corner of Juan Pio Montufar and Primera Convención. That is 8 blocks west of the Las Americas Coral Centro. The westernmost stop for Bus Line 22 is in the block in front of the church.

Every Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM., Free, Juan Pio Montufar and Primera Convención, Cuenca.

Charlie Carroll:  098 822 6365. Call after: 7 AM.

Handmade jewelry and ponchos by Maureen

Gran Feria Tutto Matto this coming Saturday. Come one....come all.

July 21st, free, Salano, Cuenca.