I couldn’t help but borrow the line for the first moon landing to announce making it to Ecuador. We just arrived in Guayaquil and are currently resting in our room at the Sheraton Guayaquil. Yippee!!!
It has been a long process of packing, purging and saying goodbye to friends, family and all that is familiar to us. The movers arrived at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and finished packing at 4:30 p.m. They had to get another truck as they sent the wrong size, but it all worked out. They wrapped all the furniture, loose items they thought were too fragile, they asked if it was okay to wrap and protect. They cleaned up all packing material and left the place spotless.
After they left, we did some last minute cleaning, said goodbye to neighbors and headed to Miami to stay overnight. We arrived at the hotel at 10:30 p.m after fighting traffic and rain. Our hotel was in the airport and right close to the airlines we were using.
The flight was uneventful, the food was pretty good, and there were no problems either with tickets or customs. We were waved through and retrieved all our luggage easily.
Due to the seasonal embargo on baggage, we had to put two suitcases in storage as you are limited to two checked in bags per person. We thought about shipping them FedEx, but at $1200, yes that is twelve hundred dollars, per suitcase, we thought storing them and have them delivered with our household goods when our Visas are approved was the way to go.
Tomorrow we will have a driver pick us up and we drive to Cuenca where we will begin to settle in and get acquainted with our new home country. Monday we meet with our immigration attorney and will begin looking for a place to call home. Until we find a place we are staying with a wonderful lady who has opened her home to us.
Our adventure has begun and we are looking forward to seeing where our journey leads us. Now, I must get some rest and prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Cuenca.
Until later my friends, take care and God bless.
Terri at the Drake’s Nest