During he past few weeks, I have been doing a Masters in Drawing class with a well know artist here in Cuenca, Ecuador. It has been a while since I have been able to sit and draw purely for enjoyment.
The other thing that has been keeping me busy is the making of banners for our church. I have had to draft the patterns and then design the final product. Quite happy with the way they are turning out. Finally, my husband and I have joined up with approximately 110 other Expats to form Expats with Kazoos. We will be marching in a parade on January 6th, the day of innocence parade. We are the first non-Ecuadorians ever to be granted a permit to participate in a parade anywhere in Ecuador. This is a chance to give back to our communities and to show them that we can laugh at ourselves.
There have been a lot of fires in the mountains of late. Some caused by people burning old fields and the fires getting out of control, some controlled burns and some by people who believe that burning a fire will bring on the rains. Everyday here is a new learning experience in the culture and people here. There is so much a mixture of old ways and new and surprisingly, it all seems to work.
As soon as things slow down a little, I will post on some of our travels. Everything here is so beautiful and fresh. People help each other, children respect their elders and take pride in their country. More importantly, they nurture the family, respect for the elders and to honor and care for the land. Matter of fact, the land has rights according to the Ecuadorian Constitution.
Life here is a challenge but life is good. Our challenge is not the culture or way of life, but learning a new language. This is one obstacle we are determined to conquer.
Until next time my friends, live each day as though it were your last. You can’t change the past, so why let it continue to control you? You don’t know what the future will bring or if there is a future, so why worry. We only have today and should live it to its fullest.
Hasta Pronto and God bless,
Terri at the Drakes Nest