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Lars Porsenna

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About Lars Porsenna

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    Manta, Ecuador
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    Historical Wargames, History in general, fantasy & SF RPGs and literature, space sciences, model building, and monkeying around...

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  1. Being married to someone in a different country can be challenging at times. The distance can make you feel lonely. To that end, I decided to fly down & spend a month with my wife, to live as a married couple, even for a short time. One thing I can say about our relationship is that is is very...tranquil. We don't fight. That's not to say we don't disagree occasionally, but we resolve our differences by talking, rather than by arguing (conversar, no discutir). Beyond that, though, it is refreshing to be able to experience being married for an extended period of time. We have a
  2. It is, in fact, almost impossible to drive to South America from North America. At the base of Panama, where it starts to merge with Colombia, is nothing but swampland, sparsely populated, with no hard-topped roads. It COULD be done if you have a 4wd & heavily armed against the unfriendlies hiding out there (allegedly), but most sane people would take a ferry from Panama to Colombia... Damon.
  3. Looks like I won't be having a wedding THIS month. I was not able to get my flight because I could not get a COVID test within the time parameters the government there wants. I can do a rapid antigen test, but no one is doing that just for travel, only to confirm active infections (at least locally). I could get the rapid antigen test in the airport in Ft Lauderdale, but they won't even let me on the plane to fly down there, because it is a package deal with the connecting flight to Ecuador. That being said, my wife texted me in Whatsapp & said Las Charlas por nuest
  4. The closest interest I have in Napoleonics are the Wars of South American Liberation. I have the book Liberadores! which, like Ospreys, have color uniform plates for the various factions involved. I'd like to do it with my wife. She has an interest in history, & since she is Ecuadorian, this will provide a connection for her in the game. Now for rules... Damon.
  5. So I did the sensible thing & emailed the airport in Guayaqyul. It turns out that they will accept the Rapid Antigen test, as well as the PCR test, for free entry into the country. As it turns out I have a 6 hour layover in Ft Lauderdale, & they have an on-site Rapid Antigen testing unit (also PCR if you need it). So I scheduled my appointment & will be able to get my test results, valid for entry into Ecuador. They say it will take half an hour, & they DO hand you a piece of paper showing your results (don't take that for grantid in this era of E-everything). The only downside
  6. Besides that drama, I am still researching my move to Ecuador. At this point I am pretty sure I want to make this move. There are a lot of reasons (such as cost of living, cost of heathcare) that makes Ecuador attractive. Not to mention that Manta, Ecuador (where my wife is from) is around 100 miles away from the equator & directly on the Pacific Ocean. If you ever buy a can of tuna fish, & it says "made in Ecuador," it was probably canned in Manta. Add to the fact that the climate is semi-arid (not tropical), so the weather is always gorgeous all year round, with average t
  7. I am leaving for Ecuador again on Wednesday 31 March. I will be there for 26 days. This will be for the church wedding. But like most things in life, problems arise... I just found out the Ecuadorian government changed the entry requirements: Now I need a negative PCR test, printed, no more than THREE days prior to entry into the country. Previously it was 10 days prior. That was relatively easy. 3 days prior makes travel almost impossible. The options are to take another test (at my cost) in Ecuador & quarantine for 10 days. A negative test result will end the quar
  8. One thing about emigrating is trying to decide what to keep & what to leave behind. Like a lot of people, I have built up quite the collection of things, & one of the things I sort of knew, but was still surprised about, is how much stuff we can have here in the first world, that they just don't have in a 3rd world country. First up is going through my gaming collection. Ecuador does not have a large gaming community (though it does exist). Things like RPGs are portable, & easily played on line. But what about miniature games? That is less easily played on line & so
  9. So what, exactly is required for me to emigrate to Ecuador? I have been doing some research, & getting a little help from other gringoes living in Ecuador. A good site for North American expats with ambitions of settling in Ecuador is https://www.expat.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=519 If you have questions about living in Ecuador, this is the place to do it. I have been semi-active on it for more than a year, ever since I decided marrying an Ecuatoriana was something I wanted to do. The larger site is about foreigners living abroad in general, so if you are thinking o
  10. I got mine via direct deposit. I was one of those people that had their deposit messed up. I only got mine on 9 January 2021. I really, really needed the money earlier. Damon.
  11. I haven't updated this thread in a while. So here's some general news... I flew down to Ecuador the day after Christmas to spend the new years with my wife. The travelling sucked, but my time there was amazing. We got a lot closer, & I think this trip was important for our marriage. In Ecuador, one new years tradition they have there is to make or buy a papier-mache mannequin. You then place a list of our hopes & aspirations for the new year inside...and set it on fire! Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions the government has put severe restrictions on c
  12. An M8 taking out a Panther was pretty unlikely, but not impossible. According to Steve Zaloga, the 37mm cannon can potentially penetrate the side armor of a Panther...at 66m! Damon.
  13. Now that I am home & have been for a month, I'd like to talk a bit about my experiences with Ecuador & the civil marriage. In Ecuador, as a foreigner, I can only get married in 3 locations: Guayaquil, Quito (national capital) & Cuenca (which has a large population of North American expats). We chose Guayaquil since it is the closest. We had to go down twice. The first time was to ensure my documents were in order to prove I was eligible to marry her. The second time was the actual marriage itself. Guayaquil is the 2nd largest city in Ecuador. W
  14. It has been a while since I posted here, but I have dropped from around 207 to 193, so around 14lbs. I wanted to try to get to 190 by the end of this month, but I don't think that will happen unless I stop eating completely (& I like eating!). Tentatively still have my church wedding for February, so Hopefully I can drop another 10lbs before that. If the date slips because of the Pandemic, our next choice is middle of April, so hoping I can hit 175 by then... Damon.
  15. As an aside, those types of tracks are easy to do with a little practice & proper technique. My primary hobby is armor modeling. I am working on workable (i.e. articulating) plastic Panzer III tracks, with each track consisting of 2 pins & a separate guide horn. Damon.
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