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"Home, Home on the BEACH"

 We love our apartment in Cuenca, and the lifestyle there is certainly a lot like that found in the US about 50 years ago...but...we love our place at the Coast a whole bunch...

Here is an example of the difference in lifestyles...

Each morning about 6:00, I feel a little movement toward the center of the bed, and then feel a light pressure as a little 10 pound furry bundle crawls up my stomach to lick my face...These are nice warm kisses and I can ignore them until there is a little warm tongue on my lips...by then, I say "OK Coquita, let's go for a walk".

In Cuenca, I put on long pants, socks, shoes, a sweater, and most often a wind breaker to keep out the rain, then take the elevator down 7 floors, and we walk to a nice patch of grass, which is covered with really cold dew or rainwater.  Coquita wanders around sniffing everything, and incidentally takes a leak and a dump.  We reverse our steps back to the apartment where I have to take off soaked shoes, and dry Coquita off so she won't get chilled. 

Then I make coffee...

This morning at the beach, when she gave me a ton of kisses, I grabbed her, threw on a pair of shorts, walked downstairs to the beach.  We took a nice walk on warm, dry sand, smelled the fabulous sea air, and marveled how the air was rapidly curing the flaky skin that is a product of Cuenca's extremely dry air.  We returned to the house, I shook the dry sand from Coquita's paws on the way in, and...

then I made the coffee...

We had a marvelous drive over the Andes yesterday...It was raining when we left Cuenca, but there was not much traffic, so we were able to get clear in a hurry.  We climbed quickly to over 11,000 feet, but didn't see many llamas close up.  The grasses have really grown in the last two weeks, so they don't forage near the road so much now.

Since it was Sunday, there were not too many trucks on the road.  Those wonderful road making guys were all decked out in bright yellow rain gear, and were pouring concrete in the rain, and then covering it with plastic sheeting...now, that's dedication!  We knew we were lucky when we were the last car allowed through on a 40 minute construction wait...when we arrived at the other end there were at least 40 cars waiting to come though, and this was at 7:30 am on Sunday morning!

We didn't see much of the majestic Caja mountains, 'cause of the clouds, but we did take several pictures as we got down to the 4000 foot jungle area...take a look at  Rox posing next a little boulder that dropped in...

 

The rain in the mountains gave a lot of life to these waterfalls beside the road...

 

 

 

The Jungle was wonderful, with beautiful Greens and warm, humid aromas of nature building,

 

 

  

After we hit the flat-lands, we poured on the coal and were able to hit Guayaquil in about 40 minutes, we took the "perimeter" bypass, and blew by that city at 75 mph!  The best thing about that town is the view you see in your rear view mirror!

We finally arrived at our gate and beeped the horn to be let in.  The response was a little slow, and we figured that Agripina and Isidro might be gone, since they usually get Sunday off, and it was Mother's Day.  But no...everyone arrived at once wiping their collective mouths, as we had interrupted their afternoon meal...

We told them all that unloading the car could wait, but they would have not of that.  Pretty soon everyone was hauling stuff upstairs, and the car was empty in no time.

Rox had purchased a really nice vase in Cuenca, and had filled it with freshly cut flowers, filled with water for the trip home.  Agripina beamed when Rox presented her with the flowers for Mother's Day, some special candy, and a nice little card.

We tipped them all a half case of beer, so there were smiles all around as they left to continue the afternoon meal.  The Mother's Day dinner would take place later in the evening...

About 40 minutes after our arrival, everything was put away, and the computers were all hooked up...so...we took the next obvious step...

 

 

 The dreaded "long pants" are relegated to the closet, waiting for our return trip to Cuenca...

Posted on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 05:40AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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