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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Great off to Vilcabamba

Dear Family and Friends,

From reading our blog you probably get the idea that Chuck and I seem to eat out a lot. Well, the truth is we do. Chuck can eat and eat and not gain an ounce. I, on the other hand, eat and eat and refuse to get on the scales.

Friday night we went to ex-pat night at Zoe's. As it has been lately, it was crowded and noisy. There were so many new faces. It is absolutely amazing how many gringos we are coming into contact with that have just moved here or are planning to move here in the near future. The real estate people must be having a ball.

After socializing, Chuck and I joined our friends, Rhonda and Jerry for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. The food was good, but the best part was having a quiet place to chat. Rhonda and Jerry have been here three months. When we first met them they knew all about us. They had been reading our blog since before they moved here. They live close to us and are such great people.

Here we are enjoying our dinner.

On Saturday evening, we went to dinner with Nancy, Rich, Jason and Donna. Jason and Donna currently live in Aruba, but they are going to move to Cuenca. They came for a week and rented Rich and Nancy's short term rental adobe. Within this past week, they bought a house. Now they are on their way back to Aruba to start their move. We had a very nice evening with nice company. We are looking forward to when Jason and Donna return.

Rich took this picture of us enjoying dinner at Tiestos.

This morning, Chuck and I were up early. We went on our weekly Sunday morning walk with Nancy and Rich. We walk all the way downtown and have breakfast. We start nice and early, usually by 8:30 am we are on our way.

This morning I took this picture of Rich and Nancy waiting for us on their front steps. You can see why we love sharing time with them. They are so loving and so much fun.

This week we had breakfast at Mansion Alcazar, a very nice hotel in Cuenca. I had never been inside and was amazed at how beautiful it is. The food was good and the atmosphere was superb.

Here we are enjoying breakfast with a nice view of their garden.

Here is another view looking out on the garden.

After breakfast, we finished our walk to Parque Calderon. On the way we saw, yet again, another parade forming. I had to take a picture of this lovely senorita on horseback.

We headed on to the park and were glad to see Brian, Shelley and Fredi there sitting on a park bench. Brian looked great and told us his doctor said he was the "poster child" of recovery from his surgery.

We had a great weekend.

Tomorrow we leave for a week in Vilcabamba. I am not sure if I will be able to post on this blog from there. If I can, I surely will. If not, I will share our trip with you after we return home.

Wishing you a peaceful week with lots of laughter.


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