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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 25th 2014

What a great time we had at our Calvary Chapel Cuenca Christmas Pot Luck. We had over forty people come with food and presents for a White Elephant (Dirty Santa) gift exchange. There was food galore - turkey with all the trimmings, salads, desserts and of course the most important - fellowship. We even had a number of non-English speaking Ecuadorians come who participated in the gift exchange (and I don't think they really understood the idea until after a few steals, but then they got into it).... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 25th 2014

Well, I feel really foolish. I just checked the name of the big parade on Christmas Eve from the blogpost that I put on last year and realized that I had 2014 when it should have been 2013. So, now you get to see the pictures from the parade that actually is in 2014. This parade last for eight hours. That's not the length of the parade, but so many people want to be in it that it takes eight hours to pass you if you remain in the same spot. We did not. When I got to over 200 pictures we called it quits. I don't have too much of a problem getting the kids who are on horseback to look at me for the picture. I just keep the camera down and when they ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 22nd 2014

I woke up at 6am to catch the 645am bus to Cuenca to meet up with the Abad family (Michelle Abad is one of my best friends and her family is Ecuadorain in the country for th holidays to see family). caught the bus just fine and had a connection in Riobamba, 2 hours from Banos). By accident I got off the bus at the wrong stop. Totally lost I asked some kids my age where to go to catch the bus to Cuenca, and I only had 40 minutes to figure it out. They directed me toward a city bus. Jumped on the city bus and asked these older women where to go. They laughed at me, due to being a gringo with bad spanish and being lost, but were very helpful and told me ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 6th 2014

Cuenca - Day 13 Delicious cherries for breakfast! Walked a few blocks down to the river, which is fairly wide and very clean. A park with an outer track was along the river. Several groups were exercising, and a soccer game was going on. There also appeared to be some sort of graduation ceremony. Right on the edge of the park was Escuela de Marcha, a famous race-walking school that trains Columbian refugee children. Bob is a good tour guide! He next took us by the Museo Landivar. Although it was closed, we could still see the famous ruins where the Canari, Incas, and Spanish civilizations built over one another. We walked to Plaza San Blas. There were marching bands in the area, and many decorations for Christmas. Today must be some sort of holiday. There ... read more
Canari to Inca to Spanish ruins
Church of San Blas
Parade in downtown Cuenca

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 5th 2014

Cuenca - Day 12 At 7am we heard some kids singing. Must be a school nearby. Decided to get going early. Took a taxi to the bus depot, found Alianza to get our ticket to Cuenca. The bus driver was at the counter, so we just followed him out to the bus, which was up one floor. Tickets were $8, and the ride about 4.5 hours. There was a big Mac's at the terminal. They seem to be all over Ecuador, including a very conspicuous one on the north end of Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil. Bus stopped for a couple of tolls and for gas ($2.29 here). Saw some egret and hawk-like birds along the way. Out of the town Jesus Maria, we bought a chicken empanada to tide us over. This guy made quite a ... read more
Hostel Hogar Cuencano
Lunch at Cuban restaurant
Delicious cherries for sale

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 5th 2014

Through where? Ecuador! Yes it is true, and it is sad and perhaps even bad, but I am just in Ecuador to get to Peru. Not because I don't like Ecuador, or wouldn't like to see it, but because of the priorities on this trip. At first I was going to do the Galapagos Islands as I passed on down, but as you all know, my money dictated otherwise. So, without the Galapagos, there was the rest of Ecuador to consider. I considered it, and I decided it was not the main aim of this journey. I have been to Ecuador before and I will return here one day. But Ecuador needs time, and if I can't give it the time it deserves than I rather just go through it relatively fast instead of even trying. ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 13th 2014

I awoke to the sound of rain hitting the large window overlooking the back of the apartment...it wasn't as strong as it had been the night before, but it dampened my spirits a bit. Instead of heading out in search of something to eat, and risking getting seriously depressed by the weather here in Cuenca, I decided to fix my own breakfast. I had bought some ham, bologna and fresh rolls at a small store in the older section of town the night before, and someone had thoughtfully left two eggs in the refrigerator. I turned on my Texas Red Dirt Music feed from the internet, and tackled the job of preparing an American style breakfast, my first in Ecuador. Dano's apartment had a really nice propane stove, as well as everything needed to prepare a ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 11th 2014

I woke up at my regular time, 6:30, and I could hear the rain on the roof, so I just rolled over and went back to sleep. Check out time was noon, and I knew that noon was the earliest bus leaving Milagro for Cuenca, so I was in no particular hurry. I finally roused myself up a couple of hours later and luxuriated in the first really hot shower in days. A word of caution to travelers. I don't know whether it's because it's south of the Ecuator (where water drains in the opposite direction than it does in the Northern Hemisphere) or just a flaunting of generally accepted building practices, but there doesn't seem to be rhyme or reason for which side to put the hot water on in Ecuador. I waited for like ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 2nd 2014

Please check the posting on July 10th for the full story of how we found our new home. This was truly Godsent!!! The pictures took two months to put together. They are the before we moved in, cleaned and painted and after we painted the entire house and decorate pictures. I know there is a lot, but it is a huge house - about 4,000 square feet.... read more
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Stairs from entry gate
Stairs from entry gate

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 1st 2014

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything for a while. Since we rented a new, larger home in July and had to clean and paint the entire interior we were quite busy for a while. Even after we moved in, the were a lot of items to be hung.(Pictures in the next post) Believe me, hanging a picture here is a lot different than in the States. There is no drywall here. All the walls are concrete over brick or block. So you don’t just bang a nail in the wall and hang the picture. It’s drill a hole, put in a plastic insert for a screw or a few toothpicks (awesome way to just put a nail in a hole and have it hold). So here are the pictures of the street art that I ... read more
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