Welcome to The Black Gringa


Welcome to The Black Gringa – a blog that specifically speaks to the international living and traveling.

The goal of this blog is to chronicle our travel experiences and introduce new communities for living and retirement that you may have thought about…but never seriously considered.  As I have considered relocating outside of the United States, I  often do Google searches, read blogs and articles, see beautiful pictures of exotic and far off places – but there is always something invariably missing.   What is the experience of African-Americans in that community?

My contention is that the experience for African-Americans living and traveling abroad is the same as it is for any American – interesting, exciting and engaging.  People around the world are kind, generous, gracious and warm.  Most of the time.  On occasion they can be rude and you may be refused service as my mother was in a restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  However, as with here in the US, for every bad apple there are a million good ones.  And the good ones are what we want to share with you.

This blog is meant to inspire you to think beyond your national borders and to help you create the life you have always dreamed of.  This blog will hopefully push you to be more adventurous and fearless in your daily living and  planning for the future.

Yes you can live in luxury on your monthly social security or pension check, in a place that is beautiful and peaceful, with the perfect weather and surrounded by the activities and types of friends you would have had at home.  We will show you how.

This blog will include regularly updated videos, pictures and audio that will present new cities and the communities we find in them. We will also talk about the cost of living and the transitions people make from living in the US to international living.

Let’s start living the lives we have always dreamt of and let’s begin that journey today!

First stop – Ecuador, South America

One response »

  1. Hi, do you know of any African Americans living in Cuenca and what their experiences are regarding racial discrimination? I have heard of some negativity toward Blacks in general in Quito and wonder about Cuenca now. I travel all over and love Latin America and have my eye on Cuenca, but the last thing I want to do is move to a Jim Crow atmosphere. Any thoughts?

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