When Will We Ever Learn

Easter is a big holiday and we are bustling at the hotel. One wonderful part of the tradition here is Fanesca, an Ecuadorian Spring Soup. A recipe from www.recipehound.com/Recipes/3484.html for Fanesca is below:

This special soup is explained at topics-mag.com/foods/

“Due to the strong influence of the Catholic religion in the Ecuadorian culture, its traditional cuisine is often determined by passages from the Bible, like the passage from the New Testament that explains the death of Jesus.

“In this part of the New Testament, we can read how painful Jesus’ journey to the mountain was, where he was supposed to die. Ecuadorians think that Jesus made that great effort and suffered to save us. For this reason, they want to show God their sorrow about Jesus’s death, so we make a sacrifice for God; we don’t eat meat for forty days.

“But a week before our sacrifice, we feed ourselves well. That way, we can keep our tradition of eating our meal without meat. During that week we eat a special dish that is very nutritious. It is called Fanesca.

“It’s a soup made of grains, legumes, cereals, and fish. The number of grains and legumes we use to cook this soup varies according to the house where it is made, but there are 36 main grains like beans, lima beans, peas, and cereals like corn, barley, and chocho.

“Fanesca is a thick soup, and it is heavier than the second dish that consists only of mashed potatoes and lettuce. It is the most delicious of the Ecuadorian foods. Lamentable, it is only made during one week of the year.”

I agree that it is a shame that Fanesca only comes round once a year! Yet there is more. The making of this soup is a special family event. Families get together for a ceremony of “stripping the grain’s, where everyone pitches in to prepare the soup. This holistic view, the union of the spirit, food and family is one thing Merri and I love about Ecuador.

Many Western cultures today separate everything. Take the Western medical system as an example. Its splits everything! The spirit, the body, the family, age, cycles from healing are all considered separate.

This creates an unnatural approach to healthy living and it seems to be getting worse. When Will We Ever Learn?

Improving your health in natural ways is especially getting harder if you live in Massachusetts. A recent article tells how Massachusetts has a new universal health care coverage passed overwhelmingly by the legislature. This is billed as a really wonderful job by the legislators there. Sounds great right?

Just two little problems? First, who pays for this? The US is a nation steeped in debt that spends more on health care (by 50% more than the next worst nation-Germany) than any other country.

The second problem is what happens to the few of us who question the health system as it stands? America, despite its overspending on health care has the shortest life expectancy of any developed nation. Anyone who observes the amount of obesity, stress and anger (litigation) in the nation must also question the quality of life.

Do we want more cost, expense and shorter, less happy lives?

This second problem is compounded. Individuals who do not believe in this type of health care will be penalized on their state income taxes if they do not purchase it. Businesses with more than 10 workers that do not provide this insurance will be assessed up to $295 per employee per year.

This is a horrible precedent on our freedom of choice that extends the infringement of individual rights by the medical-insurance establishment.

How bad is that establishment? Read below and you might really feel sick. The BBC just wrote:

“Pharmaceutical firms are inventing diseases to sell more drugs, researchers have warned. Disease-mongering promotes non-existent diseases and exaggerates mild problems to boost profits, the Public Library of Science Medicine reported. Researchers at Newcastle University in Australia said firms were putting healthy people at risk by medicalising conditions such as menopause. It is exemplified mostly explicitly by many pharmaceutical industry-funded disease awareness campaigns – more often designed to sell drugs than to illuminate or to inform or educate about the prevention of illness or the maintenance of health. They added: ‘The motives of health professionals and health advocacy groups may well be the welfare of patients, rather than any direct self-interested financial benefit, but we believe that too often marketers are able to crudely manipulate those motivations’.” Read the entire article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4898488.stm

This is why it is truly a good thing to have the freedom to live and earn wherever you choose. An international life and an international business can help you live the way you maintain good health in the way choose.

Hence our continuing import-export courses. Now to make these courses more powerful and effective for you, we have added “Our Man in Ecuador” so he can be “Your Man in Ecuador”.

Merri and I have brought well over 1,500 people to Ecuador during the past 12 years. We have gained enormous experience learning what those who work, live, invest and do business here need.

One really important asset we and many of our readers have missed is steady follow up! So we have convinced our friend, Steve Marchant, to join our team here to help us and you with all your follow up needs.

Steve is English, but has lived in Ecuador for many years. As an English-Spanish professor he is perfectly bi-lingual and can act as an interpreter and translator. In fact we are donating part of his time to provide free English courses to those who cannot otherwise afford them here in Ecuador.

Steve has enormous international experience so he knows how to get around, how to research, how to look for things and how to get jobs done here.

After a relatively normal upbringing in Hampshire, England, Steve embarked on a series of adventures that reflect a strong sense of adventure, and an ability to adapt and communicate in difficult situations and different cultures. He has worked in numerous jobs ranging from commercial fishing in Alaska on high-liner halibut boats, to running his own successful wholesale food business in London that served thousands every day. He has great export experience and has exported missiles for the British army during the Falklands War, motor oil to Romania, computer equipment to Africa as well as Colombian clothes into Ecuador.

He understands shipping, export rules, and how to barter with indigenous traders at Ecuadorian markets to get a better price. Steve has a track record of getting the job done and always with his trademark smile and easy-going manner.

With Steve as our man in Ecuador we offer much more than just a course. Whatever your need, we can help. Exporters can use our extensive shipping and handling experience and by getting your papers in order, and your products packaged and shipped to you anywhere in the world. He can look after a house or follow up on legal and business transactions.

Whatever your need to enhance your freedom, in English or Spanish, we are here for you in Ecuador.

Recently Steve and I tested one of the hikes to Peguche Falls that we offer on our R&R program at El Meson. Join us at El Meson. See these wonderful views as you learn how to earn anywhere you travel. Learn how to be free with everlasting wealth. Join Merri, me and Steve Marchant for our Ecuador Import-Export Expedition. We only have three places left for this course!

See http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/expedition.html

International investments can help you be free as well.

Take for example shares of Jyske Bank. I just sold 1/3 of the shares (at Danish kroner 352.50 per share) I hold in Jyske Bank at 352,50 DKK.

This is not because I have any negative feelings about the shares or the bank. I am one of Jyske’s greatest fans. I just have so much profit that my Jyske position outgrew the weighting I will hold in any one share.

I bought the shares on 2nd September 2002 at 96,50 DKK. The stock split two for one. At the date of purchase the USD/DKK rate was 754 and at sale it was 612 meaning there was an extra 18.8% on the currency. Here is another way to look at this. I have taken back the money invested four years ago plus 50% extra. The remaining Jyske shares I hold are still worth almost three times my original investment.

I was torn to make this decision. I really like this bank. I like holding their shares and they are rising like crazy. However a good real estate deal calls plus I do try to keep my global portfolio in balance.

You can learn more about Jyske shares from Thomas Fischer at fischer@Jyskebank.dk

Learn more about how to develop international investing philosophies and investments. Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank and me at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina.

Until next message, may your good health and wealth be free!

Gary

P.S. The greatest freedom in the world is to be able to earn wherever you do! Recently I spoke about this at a seminar about how to be a lucrative traveler. The idea of the seminar was to help delegates learn how to combine the skills of importing, photography and travel writing. This was a great seminar and now the publishers of this seminar have created a kit that you’ll want to know more about. See http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/ltp/gs73

Recipe for Franesca

Ingredients
1 lb. salt cod 4 T. (1/4 c.) butter 2 medium onions finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 t. oregano 1/4 t. ground cumin
1 bay leaf fresh ground pepper 1 c. long grain rice cooked 1 c. milk, 1 c. water
1 c. cooked corn kernals 2 1/2 c. cooked shredded cabbage 2 c. cooked, mashed winter squash
2 c. cooked chopped zucchini 1 c. cooked baby lima beans or broad (fava) beans 1 c. cooked green peas
1 c. cooked green beans, cut into 1/2″ pieces 1 c. peanuts, ground 4 c. milk
1 c. light cream 1 cup Spanish fresh cheese (queso fresco or queso blanco) or Munster, chopped salt
3 hard boiled eggs grated Parmesan cheese
1 Soak the cod in cold water to cover for 12 hours or more, changing the water frequently. Drain the fish and put it into a saucepan with fresh water to cover. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until the fish is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, and reserve the fish stock. Remove any skin and bones from the fish and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
2 Heat the butter in a large saucepan and saute the onions and garlic until the onions are soft. Add the oregano, cumin, bay leaf, and several grinds of black pepper and saute for a minute or two longer. Add 1 cup water, bring to a boil, and add the cooked rice, corn, cabbage, squash, zucchini, lima or fava beans, peas, green beans, ground peanuts, the fish and fish stock, the milk, and the cream. Stir to mix and simmer very gently for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Add the chopped cheese and salt to taste. The soup should be about as thick as a minestrone. If it seems too thick, thin it with a little more milk and simmer for a few minutes longer.
3 Pour the soup into a tureen and serve in soup plates. Garnish the servings with sliced hardboiled egg. Have the grated Parmesan cheese in a bowl on the table to be used as liked.