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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

I think I need to make a correction to what we told so many people about the lack of insects in Cuenca. We told everyone that when we were here in December 2012 we only saw about three flies in the eleven days we were here. And that was all true. We spent all that time down in the town and especially in El Centro, where there is hardly any dirt or green space other than the parks. But, now we are living in the country. We have cows walking past our home on a daily basis. There is a field diagonally across the street and many days you can find three or four cows grazing there. There are often geese in the field as well; there are sheep at the house at the end of ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

The Lord has blessed us with so many new friends here. A couple of weeks before, we decided to get DirecTV. We actually have about 70 English speaking channels. Since we were going to be able to see the Super Bowl Game, we decided to have a party. Most of the people were from our church - Calvary Chapel Cuenca, but there were also some other Ecuadoriano friends that came. Debi prepared all the meat, although Pato, Ale, Braulio and his brother Boris and his girlfriend Mary, did most of the cooking. She even cut up the cheese so it could be put on the burgers (which were football shaped) so it looked like the laces. Regretfully, when put on while the burgers were still on the grill the cheese melted and you really couldn't tell ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

Many times in the past couple of months Braulio and Chanel told us they wanted to take us to Paute, about 45 minutes from Cuenca. It seemed every time we planned to go Debi either had her accident and was in a cast, or she got sick and we couldn't go. We told them that they needed to surprise (kidnap) us so Debi wouldn't get sick. So one Sunday after church, they just told us we were going to Paute. We took the drive there, which was really nice getting to see the area surrounding Cuenca. But my camera was in my backpack in the trunk of the car, so no pictures on the way. When we got there we stopped and took pictures of the cable bridge over the river, the river itself and the ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

Several of the women that attend the Calvary Chapel Cuenca (CCC) Women's Bible Study do not attend CCC. One of them heard about our going to the Columbia Refuge School for Children (pictures later) and how we used balloons to break the ice with these kids. She asked if we could help her with getting the word out to the neighborhood about their church. So we went out and just stood along the street in front of the Rotary International building that they hold their se4rvices, and handed out balloons and pamphlets about their bi-lingual service.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

As mentioned in the last blog, we are going to this school and trying to teach the children some English. The class that Debi and I and a couple of others go to are age 3 to 5. The first time we went (2/13/14) I took out my camera and took one shot and got the message - Battery Exhausted. So I didn't get any pictures of the kids with the balloons we made. But I have received some from a woman that came with us. So I made sure that the battery was fully charge the next day. The following week before we went I downloaded a bunch of pictures of animals (cow, horse, turtle, teddy bear, dog) and made about ten copies of each for the kids to color. Debi and I would take ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Chugchilan February 21st 2014

So the day after I last wrote, I took a hike up to the local cheese factory with some friends I had met at the Eco lodge. I have to be honest, I struggled quite a lot as it was only my second day at altitude and there were some rather steep hills on the way up. It's so frustrating just not to be able to walk normally! The cheese factory was pretty cool, we paid $1 and had a look around and bought some of their lovely cheese (mozzarella and andino) for our picnic lunch which we had further along the hike. When we got back to the lodge in the afternoon, we played a round of frisby golf (aiming a frisby at a series of 9 different baskets around the back of the lodge). ... read more
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A church we passed on the trek
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center February 19th 2014

Hello everyone! So I arrived safely after my rather long 24 hour journey to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. I arrived to my hotel around 1:30 in the morning. This morning, I woke up around 8 and had breakfast overlooking the historical centre of Quito. I then felt rather lazy so went back to my room for a little while. When I eventually got round to leaving, I had a look around the city centre and saw some of the beautiful churches. I then took a four hour trip South to the Black Sheep Inn, an Eco lodge in Chugchillàn. Good tip from Fi and Dunc- thanks guys! It's amazing here. Once I was settled in, I met the guys who were sharing my bunkhouse and we went for a walk to see some of the ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » East » Misahualli February 19th 2014

Diane and I set off for Archidona, a jungle village just slightly further into the Amazon Basin than I’d driven before. She has old friends, a kind of adopted family she met 30 yrs ago. Casimiro Mamallacta is a shaman who performs rituals and ayahuasca ceremonies. I agreed to go along with her, told her I wasn’t interested in doing ayahuasca (a hallucinogenic drug extracted from a vine) but that I’d enjoy meeting the family and learning about their culture. Diane said she was not planning to take part in a ceremony either. Our plan was to stay a few nights in some rustic cabanas that Casimiro’s sons have built. Diane was last there just over a year ago, and she told me that although I might want to bring my own sheets and pillow, they ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 19th 2014

First of all, I decided it was time to change our profile picture. A lot of people we knew when we started this blog last year would not recognize me now. Debi planned a birthday party for our friend Alejandra (Ale) and myself. My birthday was the 29th and Ale's was the 24rd. There is a 50 year difference in our ages. There was Pato, Ale and Danny, Chanel and Braulio, Debi and I, and a couple that are staying at Pat and Ale's AirBNB Hostel (I don't remember their names). Pato brought over his BBQ grill and cooked some ribs for us. Debi and Chanel prepared salads to go along with the meat. Wonderful gifts were given. There was a home made birthday cake, courtesy of my beautiful wife, complete with very tall candles that ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 19th 2014

The day after our birthday party Braulio and Chanel decided they wanted to take us to see Chordeleg, a city about 45 minutes from Cuenca. Chordeleg is much smaller than Cuenca. They have a small square with a lot of shops (especially jewelry) and there are a few "Gringos" that live there. Braulio loved walking Maggie around on her lead, something you don't see too often here. Mostly the dogs just run free. It was a very nice ride, and a nice chance to see what is outside the city. But I must say, I was completely surprised with one thing that we saw. Most of you know that I drove large semi trucks in California for 17 years, before going back to the Air Force full-time (by way of the CA Air National Guard). The ... read more
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