Hard to believe, but on Oct. 31, 2018 we’ll have been living in Ecuador for three years. It’s been quite an education. We’ve learned some Spanish, not a lot, but enough to get by day to day. We can ask a question in Spanish but often have no idea what the answer is. All Spanish is spoken quite fast and the locals on the coast of Ecuador have a habit of leaving off the ends of words. You’d think after three years we’d have a better grasp of it but…
It’s been over a year since I last posted on our trip to Bogota, Columbia and a lot has happened. Consider this a synopsis of 2018 to date.
We spent another New Years Eve watching the fireworks from our balcony after we left a NYE party at our friend, Julia’s cafe. A short but sweet video for you.
A sample of the manigotes which were burned at midnight.
The dragon was not burned because it was too big to move. It was hand built and very intricate. You can’t see it in the photo, but the eyes glowed red.
We moved on March 1st from the apartment to a 4-bedroom house. We don’t need all those bedrooms but the location is great and it has a full kitchen, including a six-burner stove and oven (which I seldom use but it’s sure nice to have).
We were adopted by a kitten, we named her, Itsy. She likes to sleep in a basket on the table.
We have a much larger bedroom, too. With its very own balcony to gaze at the ocean.
And there is a Vivero (plant nursery) next door that needed more space, so they rented the backyard and have filled it with plants that they take care of. It adds a nice touch and we don’t have to water anything!
Also a built in BBQ in back yard
Ballenita, the town where we live is on the Pacific Coast and is a vacation spot for Ecuadorians from the larger cities — Guayachil, Cuenca and even Quito (although Quito is over 10 hours away.) The town fathers (whoever they are) decided to build a new Malecon (boardwalk type thing) several years ago. We don’t know how long it took them to build but do know that it was started before we moved here in February of 2016. Anyway, after millions of dollars spent, it was finally completed sometime in July, 2018. They had a big ceremony to open it but it still needed some final touches. These pictures were taken after the opening but while workers were still doing their thing. It’s now completed but we don’t have any idea what the big building in the second photo is to be used for.
Yesterday we took a drive with our friends, Julia and Victor to Atuahalpa and Ancon, on the southern part of the peninsula but I didn’t get any photos. (next time)
Atuahalpa is a furniture making village where all the items are made by hand. They have all wooden items, dressers, dining room tables and chairs, padded rockers and much more. It’s an interesting place and we want to go back sometime soon.
We had lunch at a lovely restaurant in Ancon overlooking the ocean. I can’t remember the name but we’re going back there, too.
The area was once settled by the British when oil was first discovered in Ecuador, sometime in the ’30s or ’40s, and some of the houses built by the Brits are still standing. The architecture is something you would expect to see in the English countryside. It’s most interesting.
Well, I guess that’s all for now. I have to get back to writing my next book which is almost finished– despite Itsy’s help. It will be titled “Death with Dignity” and I hope to have it out sometime in December.
For now, hasta luego,
Edana and Bob