We arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador on Saturday afternoon and have been enjoying exploring around our new home area and getting familiar with landmarks. We had a terrific day with our wonderful hostess, Heather Peden, who is graciously letting us stay with her while we look for a place to call home.
Yesterday, we had a day full of adventure as we started off by going to the our Immigration Attorney’s office. She informed us that we will be making a trip on Friday, to the Immigration Ministry on the Coast, a three-hour trip, to get photo’s taken for our Visas and fill out paperwork. It will take approximately three weeks until our Visas are approved. From the attorney’s office, we had to go to the Migration Ministry to fill out some paperwork to prove that we have not over stayed our Traveler’s Visa, which are good for 90 days. This office is located in the police station, so that was a bit of a shock.
From there we went to El Centro to look around and explore and made connections with an agent who wanted to show us a Penthouse we were interested in seeing. After a 20 minute walk, we met up with the agent and up to the Penthouse. It looked nothing like the photo’s we had seen, was extremely small and just not what we wanted. For example, the kitchen was extremely tight in that you had to walk sideways to get behind the counter, which was a bit odd.
From there we took a stroll and had a wonderful lunch at a little bistro. It was so much fun trying to order our lunches, but we managed. The food was delicious. Our friend had ordered a “small” hamburger and what was delivered was huge! We started laughing and told our waiter that couldn’t be the small and then he showed us a picture of the “Grande” which could have fed three people!
Today, we went to look at another house. It was an interesting trip as the cab driver kept going in circles trying to find the house. In Cuenca, the homes do not have addresses and the streets don’t always have a name in plain view. Kind of the way the UP in Michigan use to be with no addresses. It made for an entertaining experience. The house was an old Ecuadorian style home that while it had charm, had far too much that needed to be done and had not been well maintained. So we said no thanks and returned home. Later we went to the grocers and explored the supermarket and then went for homemade ice cream at the local ice cream parlor, and it was delicious. As we were ready to leave, it began to do a gentle rain. We walked back to the house and as soon as we got inside, it began to pour.
Such a wonderful day we’ve had. We will be going to look at other places tomorrow, but for now, are relaxing and listening to the sound of the rain on the roof. All is right with the world and we are content and happy. Of course we will be happier once we have a place to call our own, but for now, the company of our wonderful friend and hostess is nice.
Enjoy some pictures of our trip to El Centro, the Vendors who were out for the Celebration of Corpus Christi and our delicious lunch. The celebration of Corpus Christi, by the way, deals with the Resurrection of Christ and how sweet it was and so they make all kinds of sweets to celebration. Until later my friends,
Terri at the Drake’s Nest now in Cuenca, Ecuador