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HISTORY: Dictatorships vs. Democracy; Look to Chile for Answers, Author Says

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Review: The dictator’s shadow: life under Augosto Pinochet The dictator’s shadow: life under Augusto Pinochet(Amazon Link) Recently, I’ve been doing personal research on a concentration camp that was hidden in the deep Andes of Chile, Colonia Dignidad. It is a place I’ve written about in the past (The Plan) and the theme continues through GringoLandia […]

Grim History Colonia Dignidad–Are You Ready for the Movie Colonia, Starring Emma Watson?

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Note: Colonia is an upcoming thriller directed by Oscar-winner Florian Gallenberger (which he co-wrote with Torsten Wenzel). The film, based on torture colony Colonia Dignidad, and starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist, is based on true events set in 1973 in Chile, about a German woman who was kidnapped by General Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, DINA, while searching for her husband. Principal photography began on October 2, […]

Author Opening New Pinterest Board for Gringolandia.

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Father Carlos Crespi of Cuenca, Ecuador I enjoyed spending my Sunday building a new Pinterest board for Gringolandia. This week, I wrote the prologue and it opens with the story of Father Carlos Crespi, a fascinating priest who lived in Cuenca, Ecuador and known world-wide for his mysterious Amazon art collection. You can read my […]

WHY I WRITE BOOKS

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Share| _____ Susan Klopfer I write books because they bring history alive. I believe my stories communicate a truth that is necessary for all of us to hear as we pass through life. I often write in the early hours of morning, till my husband peeks into my office and asks why I’m up and […]

Walk Through the Central Park in Cuenca, Ecuador and You Might Hear Pan Flutes and Guitars

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What a nice day for retirement expatting. We enjoyed some great music in the Central Park. It was quite a surprise as we walked downtown to hear the pan flutes, drums and guitars playing. A special Andean musical group had come out to sing and play. The sun was out, beautiful white clouds were overhead, and […]

Awakening to Retirement in the Andes

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Door to Andean Church, outside of Cuenca It has been a year we’ve been “retired” in Cuenca, Ecuador. I put the word in quotes, because honestly, it hasn’t felt like being retired (whatever that means) at all. We’ve been busy. Fred is seeing some patients and writing a book, and I’ve been WORKING HARD writing […]

Recicladores of Avenida Molina Mora – Poetry and Short Stories Originating in the Andes

An Andes Sunset Pure poetry! A friend of mine, Magdalena Herreshoff just designed her first blog. She’s a poet and writer residing in Ecuador and her work often reflects her experiences of living in the Andes. What a creative way to spend one’s retirement. Take a look — http://highintheandes.wordpress.com/ Always appreciate your comments. sk