« Horses on the beach--chicks in the yard... | Main | Things are slow in Ecuador... »

New Year's Eve in Montanita

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the celebration...most of the Ecuadorians stayed home with family and friends...

We were surrounded by a huge number of sights and sounds last night...but mostly imported from abroad.  There were tons of folks wandering the streets with every kind of liquid that can be bought around here...In fact, I saw a lot of bottled water as the drink of choice...course there were several straight looking college students who each had a bottle of hard stuff, so I guess they might still be sleeping it off.

We had a lot of hippies, freaks, travelers, jugglers, fire throwers, wire walkers, flag wavers, bead and jewelry sellers, and a lot of lolling around waiting for something to happen.  There were a ton of fireworks--OSHA would be kind of shocked...I cringe when I see huge fire balls blowing up just a few dozen feet from thatched roofs...but this morning when I returned to my favorite bakery for more black bread...all was cool, and the ropers and dopers were sitting around drinking coffee--those that were up...and no buildings were fire-bombed...

I have always called hippies and travelers "freaks" from the days when we actually traveled in that crowd and that's what everyone called the counter-culture types of the sixties--for you younger readers, who might be taking the term literally, it is not meant to cast judgement or aspersions on people who are doing the same thing we did 45 years ago.

I'm pretty sure that we had a lot more fun...(Course you have to throw the Vietnam War into that wonderful mix--a million soldiers might say that it was not so much fun)


Anyway, back to the present, Rox and I had our usual table at the Casa Blanca and watched the world roll by for about 4 hours, but adjourned our meeting at about 11:00 pm, knowing from experience that it is very fine to be home and in bed when the ball comes down (so to speak).  The food was the best we've had, so we tipped generously and shook hands and had hugs with all the personnel...then they got a party of 24 to handle, and it brought back memories of Bear Wallow, so we decided that it was time to go.  We did, however, give our struggling waiter a few tips on how to handle the bill for big crowds of cheapskates...

We also got delivery of our living room furniture that was made near Manta in smoke filled caverns down the side of a hill in Monticristi...Since we went to source, we got the whole bunch for about $600 delivered (6 hour round trip).  Considering,  we got a quote for the same stuff, minus a chair for $4,000.   we felt good about that...even ordered more cushions...uploaded-file-60861


There is another chair out of the picture.  Now here is where they are madeuploaded-file-07684.

Workers like these are typically paid about $10.00 per day.  As you can see, working conditions might be considered less than satisfactory.

Posted on Tue, January 1, 2008 at 03:38PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

I think you have to be an artist to create such things...generally are produced in poor countries...like all all good things

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergerovital romania

We heartily agree with you. It is the "hungry" artist that creates the most life and feeling in his work...
Thanks for writing!!
Bob & Roxanne

July 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>