Now I am one of those people who love it when someone comes up with an easier or new improved way of doing things. When you live in a country where you don’t speak the language, must less read it, easier is definitely on my do-to-list.
Thankfully, a wonderful young lady, Frances A. Hogg, has published a delightful book entitled, “What’s Cookin’ Cuenca?” It is an Expat’s guide to buying and preparing food in Ecuador. It is not only filled with where to find what, it has the Spanish names for them, recipes, how to substitute and what you won’t find in Cuenca, Ecuador. She is a delightful writer and the book is not only a great read, but a wonderful go-to-guide written by someone who has been in our shoes, by that I mean someone in a new country who hasn’t a clue on where to find items we are use to being able to obtain on our grocer’s shelves or what to use when you can’t get them.
For example, you cannot purchase a box of Baking Soda here like you do in the states. You can only purchase a tiny bag with perhaps a tablespoon or two in it. The reason is that baking soda is apparently an ingredient in homemade drugs and to help prevent illegal manufacture of these illicit items, they are restricting the amount that you can purchase.
Frances has become the equivalent of a fairy godmother of sorts with all the advice, descriptions and how to’s in her book. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!
The other thing that is going to make life easier is we will be meeting with a Spanish Tutor tomorrow and will discuss meeting for lessons so that we can, hopefully, become fluent enough that we can carry on a conversation intelligently and not use the wrong word and ask for something we do not want, such as when we are looking for toilet paper and Google translate gives us the Spanish word for tampon! Not something I am interested in nor have needed for quite a number of years now. Or when ordering eggs scrambled Google giving you the right word for eggs but toilet paper for scrambled! I can tell you that got me some interesting looks. Thankfully, a young lady who spoke English asked me what I was ordering and I was able to tell her. She got quite the laugh when I told her the word google had provided. She quickly gave my order to the cook and walked away laughing and shaking her head.
Life here in Ecuador is anything but dull and is full of challenges, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. We are so enjoying things here and the health benefits of all that walking are starting to really show. My belt is on the very last hole that I can adjust, so I either have to get a smaller belt or figure out how to punch in more holes. So far, we figure we’ve lost about 10 pounds in the three weeks we’ve been here. My darling husband, no longer looks like he’s six months pregnant! While that may look good on sea horses it is not a good look on the human male.
Until next time my friends, keep your sunny side up!
Terri at the Drake’s Nest