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Carnival's Over--We get more giant boulders!!!

I usually get up about 5:30, but this morning the melodious sounds of a ten yard dump truck grinding and bumping off a load of boulders, got me springing out of bed.  Now, we have survived a couple of brutal high tides just fine, so we figured that we should be thankful that the guv-mint came to our rescue, gave us a nice wall of boulders, and that life would go on...

But...it looks as if they have a better job in mind...OK by us!!!


The big machine was busy placing boulders before 7:00!!!  He took some down from the neighbor's wall, and put them on our side.  So that end is now another boulder thicker, and another boulder higher...

We had the fiercest rain storm I have ever heard last night, and all the rocks were pressure-washed  spiffy clean for the arrival of Brian and Shelley, and Sammy, and Fredi, so, Rox was disappointed that we were now getting "dirty" boulders...  She does, however, see the big picture...

They also put down a layer of sand in the crevasse between the sand bags and the beginning of the boulders.

To say that we have some idea of the scope of the project is nonsense...we are just riding along!!!



Posted on Thu, February 18, 2010 at 09:30AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

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Hi, guys! We are just getting ready to leave after staying in your Cuenca apt. for 3 mos. We own a house in San Joaquin, but have to sell our campground in NY state before we relocate here permanently. Advice wanted...Which bank to choose to establish a checking acct.? Is there a bank that will be better if we would like to pay a few EC bills while in the US?

Thanks for any advice,

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Salli

Hi Randy...Sorry we never got a chance to meet...maybe when you relocate permanently?

For banks, you always use the "Big Three"--Banco Pichincha, Banco del Pacifico, or Banco de Guayaquil.We use Pacifico, because it is more like Bank of America. We have good relations with them, and have transferred funds a bunch and always been happy with results.
You must sit down with the banker to get those bills paid automatically...forms to sign, etc.

A word of advice...keep a US checking account active...it pays big dividends in flexibility. Make sure that you have an ATM card attached to that US checking account. Also, get PayPal if you don't have it, and keep it active...

If you have met someone that you trust pretty well in the last three months, give them some bucks and have them pay those bills as they come up. Also, let them know that you might email them from time to time with other payment requests.

Another trick when sending a large amount down here. Send an odd amount like $123.50 first--that way you can make sure that all the routing numbers are good, and that the money goes into the correct account. Don't forget that for larger amounts...it takes 48 hours to clear...but you can verify that your money actually did arrive.

Take the time to build a relationship with the main person who will be your contact at your bank. "Jefe de Negocios" or something similar.

Good Luck...

Bob & Roxanne

February 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

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