It’s official now – Hubby got the airplane tickets for us to make our retirement move to Ecuador. Leaving here Saturday, June 1, 2013. Hubby has now been retired since January 3rd, but I’ve started the tax season with a woosh. He’s made a great househubby.
It’s crazy busy already, even though the IRS won’t accept returns until January 30th. I’ve had customers in the office with IRS letters looking for more money going back to 2007, just in the past week. We’ve begun work on actual returns, but the IRS is looking for “money” everywhere that they can try to find $$. Most of the time, the IRS overstates the tax due, but that’s when I really enjoy the problems – especially when I can point out the IRS errors.
We are seriously purging the household goods now, and have made umpteen trips to Goodwill with trunk-fulls of various things. A local children’s home came and picked up some old furniture in the garage after our garage sale – taking the things that no one wanted. I can’t believe we thought we needed all that stuff. Still have a lot more to get rid of!
We’ve received the certified copies of our birth certificates and that of our marriage license that I ordered online before Christmas, all from different states. Next month, we’ll send them off to their respective states for “apostilling”. We have plans to drive to Houston to apply for a 6 month visa; we’ll get the police reports just before leaving. I need to get my driver’s license renewed in the next month or so; it’s not due for a year or 2, but they last 6 years, so I’ll just do it now and then it will be good for a longer period.
Question to my readers: Do we submit the original apostilled documents for the residency visa? Or, do we get the original apostilled documents notarized in Ecuador and submit those notarized copies, and keep the originals? Or some other process? This has been sticking in my head, that I need to keep the originals; but I’ve been told that once you apply for the residency, Ecuador doesn’t return to you your documents. If someone knows, please chime in, it will be much appreciated!
I’ve continued to sort items: things I can’t bear to part with but that my children don’t want; things I will definitely pack to bring with me June 1, and things I can get rid of. Things I can’t bear to part with go in a box (or 2 or 3) that we will have shipped to us after we settle in and obtain residency; things I will definitely pack to bring with me go in a special dresser with drawers that allow me to estimate how much I can fit in my suitcases; everything else is either in a box to be donated (we fill up 2 or 3 boxes each week) or thrown out. Today I broke a pyrex dish, I dropped it, just slipped out of my hands. Darn those hard tile floors. Hubby said, well, one less thing we need to cart to Goodwill or get rid of! I was more upset about the dessert that I had baked (and smashed on the floor) than the dish, which is really not like me. I guess I’m getting into this “purging” thing, finally.
Luckily, hubby has enough points to have been able to get us first class tickets all the way. United Continental states that with this ticket, we can each check 3 bags, carry on 1. That’s 8 bags total! If we need one or 2 more, we’ll have to pay. Yippee! I can fill up 4 or 5 bags in no time. Of course, one of these will have to be hubby’s bicycle, which will be an odd size so don’t know if that will count as one checked bag or if we will have to pay for that.
Of course, the ‘return’ tickets will be coach. Not enough miles for 1st class both ways. I read somewhere that in order to obtain the 6 month tourist visa in Ecuador, obtained here in the US at the EC consulate, a return ticket is required for 6 months out, and that the 6 months’ time period starts when you obtain the visa. Anyone know this to be true? I went onto the Ecuadorian website for “foreigners” explaining all the different visas and rules and applications, but could not find anything about a 6 month visa. Nada. ?? We’ve already used up 2 and 3 weeks of our allotted 90 days allowed on a regular visa the last time we were in Cuenca in September; we thought it might be prudent to get this 6 month visa to give us a bit more time to get the residency visa. Just in case. Let me know if anyone is certain about this, ok?
only 4 more months to go!