Or “Trademarks? What Are They?” This weekly blog may be just a little later coming out since we experienced our first internet outage this weekend. We were able to go up to our neighbors’ apartment to use their internet to check our email and Facebook so we didn’t experience too drastic of a withdrawal! But we’re back on line so all is well.
Today’s post is brought to you by a few of the many businesses that meet the needs of Cuencanos (and Gringos) everyday. We do our best to frequent the smaller, neighborhood businesses within a few blocks of our home but we certainly are not limited in any way as to places we could buy food, sundries, household items, clothing, furniture, cars, lumber, services, doohickies and doodads. We don’t have any figures, of course, but by far the vast majority of businesses in Cuenca, and we would venture to guess, Ecuador, are family owned and business is generally done from a shop/store on the ground level of the family home. Here are a few of them in a four block radius of our apartment.
Of course, if one stop shopping is your thing, there are plenty of opportunities for that, too – several malls host the regular fare of boutiques, food courts, cinemas, etc. The pictures below are from Cuenca’s largest and newest shopping mall – Mall del Rio. It is a ten minute walk from our apartment. By the way, the US is not the only country with Black Friday shopping. That phenomenon is alive and well in Mall del Rio even without the benefit of a turkey dinner the day before.
The next few pictures are of some businesses in Cuenca that are hoping to gain an edge by using a little creative marketing. We have not personally done business in any of these establishments but wonder if their trademark violations have helped or hindered their bottom line.
Now for something totally off topic! We want to share a few pictures from our Thanksgiving celebration at Cuenca Christian Church last Thursday. Thirty plus Gringos AND Cuencanos shared a meal together, had a little Thanksgiving history lesson, enjoyed some awesome piano music, and played a few parlor games. All the while, Cuenca went about its business.
Even further off topic but of great importance to Los Ganos. We are legal residents of Ecuador! We received and registered our visas last week. Next week we work on getting our cedulas (national ID cards that all residents must have.) After that, we should be all done with immigration and civil registry business for about ten years. Woo hoo! Next blog post we will discuss our experiences so far with health care here in Cuenca. Until then . . .
Here’s what we’ve learned: Umbrellas are very useful for not only for the sudden storms Cuenca experiences most days but also as protection from the fierce equatorial sun. After all, we are approaching the summer solstice!
Here’s what we need to learn: If we think that a task involving official offices, fees, and paperwork should take “X” amount of time, it will actually take “Y” (Y being Yikes! and is equal to 2 or 3 times longer than the longest time you could imagine said task taking.)