Thanks Dom, this is about what I'm ready on the blogs. We don't necessarily need alot of gringos around where we live, but it would be nice (kinda a little security net sorta speak). We're looking at the valleys around Loja (catamayo and south around Malacatos) and the Manta/Bahia areas because us Texans can't take the cold.
I was in Cuenca this week checking it out, and this Texan found it a bit warm during the day. Nights were cool, but I wore short sleeves most of the time, despite the locals wearing coats, scarves, hats etc. There's a large number of gringos in Cuenca, which is one reason I may have to change my mind about it. Manta is warmer than Cuenca of course, and is the main reason it hasn't been on my radar; although I may rethink that. Southern area around Vilcabamba and Loja etc, is lower and warmer as well.
If you live in Catamayo, Malacatos, Loja i would like some serious discussion on the social service needs, churches, weather, safety, acceptance of Gringo-Latinos from 'up-northcurrently in Fla LOL. My email is. Chaplainjoegomez[at]aol.com Pastor Joe Saved To Serve
My wife and I from Den/Grand Junction, CO. currently reside in Quito. So far I like it. We do not see many Expats in town, but they are there. I think I like it that way as it promotes more interaction with the local culture.