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CultureShock! Ecuador

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CultureShock! Ecuador is a must for anyone wishing to visit or settle in Ecuador. Packed with essential information, resource guides and language tips, this book covers every practicality, and provides an in-depth understanding of the people and culture of this diverse country which is also known for its Panama hats and many species of turtles. CultureShock! Ecuador is the comprehensive guide that will lead you through the ups and downs of settling into life in this fascinating country and help you to appreciate what it truly means to be in Ecuador.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Ecuador
  10. Chapter 1 First Impressions
  11. Chapter 2 The Land and its History
    1. Costa
    2. Sierra
    3. Oriente
    4. Galápagos Islands
    5. Vegetation
    6. Wildlife
    7. Provinces
    8. Ghost Towns
    9. Challenges in the 21st Century
    10. The Sombre History of a Divided Land
    11. Ecuador’s Ancient History
    12. The Incas
    13. The Conquistadors
    14. Colonial Period
    15. Independence
    16. Baby Republic
    17. Chaos and Catholicism
    18. Liberals Take the Lead
    19. Dark Times
    20. The 1940s and Beyond
    21. Government and Politics
  12. Chapter 3 Ecuadorian Society
    1. Identity Crisis
    2. Class Structure
    3. Regionalism
    4. The Classes, Again
    5. Exodus
    6. Prostitution
    7. Recent Immigrants
    8. Women’s Issues
    9. Machismo
    10. Children
    11. Dancing
    12. Humour
  13. Chapter 4 Fitting Into Society
    1. Religion
    2. Weddings
    3. Funerals
    4. Customs and Etiquette
    5. Ecuadorian Views of Each Other
  14. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Accommodation
    2. Education
    3. Safety
    4. Financial Matters
    5. Clothing
    6. Communications
    7. Passports and Visas
    8. Transportation
    9. Budget Guidelines
    10. Legal Issues
    11. Some Serious Medical Stuff
    12. Final Notes
  15. Chapter 6 Cuy, Caldos and Chichas
    1. Breakfast
    2. Lunch
    3. Dinner
    4. Types of Food
    5. Regional Specialities
    6. Supermarkets and Shopping
    7. Bakeries
    8. Food Etiquette
    9. Health Tips
    10. Restaurant Guide
    11. Entertaining
    12. Table Manners
  16. Chapter 7 Enjoying Ecuador
    1. Culture
    2. Pilgrimages
    3. Holidays
    4. Entertainment
    5. Quito
    6. Cuenca
    7. Guayaquil
    8. Indigenous Markets
    9. National Parks
    10. Other Things to Do
  17. Chapter 8 Language
    1. Ecuadorian Spanish
    2. Slang
    3. ‘Niceties’
    4. Names
    5. Titles
    6. Nicknames
    7. Forms of Address
    8. Indigenous Languages
    9. Learning Spanish
  18. Chapter 9 Working in Ecuador
    1. Economy
    2. Unemployment
    3. Managing Employees
    4. Negotiating
  19. Chapter 10 Fast Facts About Ecuador
    1. Famous People
    2. Acronyms
    3. Places of Interest
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index