This week, global policy makers gather in Quito for the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to the sustainable development of cities. Meeting every 20 years, the Habitat Conference will this year focus on setting a new Urban Agenda.
We hiked around a bend and the arid island suddenly became a stunning oasis. In a sheltered lagoon, a baby sea lion was playing; a small tide pool held brilliantly colored algae; an incense tree softly swayed, its leaves rustling in the breeze. The air smelled like sunshine and salt.
The couple's cost of living in Ecuador is much lower than it was in Chicago. "Our HOA fees are $235 a month, electric is $19, water is $4, cell phone is $23, and I pay $70 for my internet," says Kristin.