or “This, That and the Other Thing”
I knew it would happen sooner or later – I don’t have a specific topic for this post! But when I took a minute to make some notes about what we’ve been doing and experiencing over the past two weeks, there seemed to be quite a bit to write about. So please accept our hodgepodge post which is written neither chronologically nor in order of importance.
The picture above the title was taken Tuesday evening around 7:30. Usually we don’t see the moon at all (too cloudy) and have never seen the full moon while here in Cuenca. When we do see the moon, it is almost straight overhead so I was happy to snap these pictures as the moon was rising to the northeast of us.
A very important event of the past two weeks was the purchase of a used electronic keyboard for our home use. I AM LOVING IT! Thank you to Sue Gaither for upgrading so that I could buy hers!
No picture for this, but I was honored last week when our neighbor Eduardo asked if I would be his scribe for a letter he was writing to his granddaughter who lives in the US. Eduardo lived in the US for quite a number of years before moving back to Ecuador and his English is far better than our Spanish, but he wanted to have his letter to Gabi just right! Of course, I was more than happy to oblige.
Like many of our friends and family in the US, we had a date with the TV last Sunday afternoon/evening. Since we haven’t done too much to set up our television yet, we were grateful to Greg and Brenda for letting us watch the Super Bowl with them. We watched the Patriots defeat the Seahawks via USTVnow.com which is one way expats, travelers, or anyone outside of the US can watch American television over the internet.
In case you can’t quite make out what our Super Bowl menu was, we had chips and dip, ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade pizza, and because we wanted to be “healthy”, fruit salad! Later we drowned our sorrows with Brenda’s homemade ice cream and some other sweet treats from a local restaurant/bakery called Popacuchu.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, we attend Spanish classes. Our teacher Ana Luisa is great and we really enjoy the friends we have made through attendance of “Coffee Club Spanish”. Recently, we had the opportunity to attend a lecture and demonstration of Andean musical instruments. I’m sorry to say that I do not remember the name of the man who presented the seminar and made all the instruments but we enjoyed it thoroughly. It was all in Spanish but Ana Luisa translated when necessary. Here are a few pictures from the event.
Last week, I was asked to help a new blogger set up her site. Jaga was just hours away from her departure for Santiago, Chile as we did a crash course in a local coffee house. It was great fun to meet Jaga. She is from Poland, speaks 22 languages, is a Linguistics professor here in Cuenca, and has traveled the world!
We had the great pleasure of meeting two Alaskans who might well become Cuencan Expats in the near future. Kathy and Garry Kaulitz recently toured Ecuador, staying in Cuenca for a little while. Unfortunately, Kathy had a face plant with a Cuenca sidewalk and ended up in the emergency room of a local hospital. She reports that within seconds of her fall, several Cuencanos raced to her aid, taking her into their home to clean her up and attempting to stop the bleeding from her split lip and other scrapes. When it appeared their ministrations weren’t going to be enough, these generous people drove Kathy and Garry to the closest hospital. While in the ER, Kathy was attended to by no less than four people during the two hours she was there, receiving general first aid, stitches in her upper lip and a prescription for pain medication. The total cost was $37. By the way, there is no such thing as suing the city of Cuenca for a hazard on a sidewalk, street or other public property. It is each citizen’s personal responsibility to WATCH WHERE THEY’RE GOING! Here are some examples of what one needs to look out for.
Lest you think that Cuenca does not care about its citizens, I need to tell you that a lot of sidewalk reconstruction is occurring all over the city as we speak. We know this because we have to navigate quite a minefield of open ditches, excavation equipment, and makeshift bridges to get to Spanish class. In the US, this street would be closed both to pedestrians and cars. Not here. There were times when sidewalks on both sides of the street were being worked on at the same time.
Okay, last story. This morning I walked into our office and saw this view.
Apparently one of our neighborhood birds had to relieve itself midair and the wind must have caught it just right and plastered it all over the window! The first order of business this morning was to remove the offending window art.
What we’ve learned: Christmas isn’t over in Cuenca yet. This “Pase del Niño” parade went by our apartment on February 1st.
What we need to learn: How to clean off bird poop from fourth floor windows without leaving unsightly streaks. Not sure it’s possible.
We leave for Spain in less than two weeks so we’re not quite sure when the next post will be – perhaps not until after we return. But don’t worry – we’ll have lots to post from our Pueblo Ingles experience as well as about the sights we’ll see in Spain. Until then – Hasta Luego!