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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Walk

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I woke up this morning doing our usual Sunday, internet, shower and....uh oh ...Rich and Nancy are not walking with us this morning.  How lonely we feel.  I told Chuck that we need to walk we walked to town..just the two of us.

Rich and Nancy, if you are reading this, we want you to know that we are not slacking off just because you are out of town.

Our friend, Bruce, has mentioned to me more than once that I need to take a picture of the mural that is being painted on the walls of the newly constructed underpass.  Today we walked by the construction and WOW, I agree, a picture needs to be posted.

The artists are in the process of painting the facing wall.....a picture of that side will come later.

One o f the neat things about the construction is that you can do something that you could never do if the streets weren't closed.  This is a picture of Chuck walking right down the center of Grande Colombia.

We walked to San Sebastian plaza. 

We had breakfast at San Sebas restaurant.  We would have eaten alone but fortunately as we walked in, there sat Jack and Claudia.  They invited us to join them and we had a pleasant breakfast while catching up on all the news.

After breakfast we strolled toward Parque Calderon.

When we got to the flower market big doings were taking place.  Booths were set up and a huge service was going on in the church Iglesia del Carmen de la Asuncion .

Some religious garbed people were selling wine in one booth and in the other booth was a mannequin dressed in the habit of the cloistered nuns who live inside the church convent.

Here is Chuck holding up the wine he just purchased.  I've got a feeling that when you get back Rich, you will be the tasting guinea pig.

Here is a picture of the mannequin.  I don't think the nuns wear the black cloth over their heads all the time, only when there is a visitor in the convent or on any occasion that someone from outside the convent might see them.

Here is a picture of how beautiful the church was decorated this morning.  The statue in the center of the picture was the focus of what was going on in the plaza outside.  This is the 10th anniversary of the crowning (coronation) of the statue..."Senora del Carmen"

For folks living here in Cuenca there will be activities going on all week to celebrate her coronation.

The large picture posted outside the church is of the crowning of  Senora del Carmen ten years ago.

Chuck and I continued on around the corner to Parque Calderon.

There were the usual vendors outside the new cathedral.

This lady is selling candied apples, plantain chips, jello and a meringue concoction that she piles high into ice cream cones.  A word of warning.....that fluffy meringue is made with raw egg whites.  It is not a good idea to indulge.  A lot of the locals eat it...especially children, but I think their tummies are used to it.

We had our walk, a great breakfast and missed Rich and Nancy.

By the way, I will be back in the U.S. for a couple of weeks.  Chuck will be minding the home front here in Cuenca.  I may post while I am gone, but if I don't, I will when I get back home.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Dear Family and Friends,

Celebrating with gratitude our freedom to live anywhere we choose.  Chuck and I love our home country and we love our adopted country.  Freedom is something to be cherished.

Chuck & Nancy