Nick and I crossed the Calle Larga …

January 29, 2013 3 comments

for a short visit to the Mercado 10 de Agosto.

It continues to amaze me how many fruits and vegetables are available here in Cuenca, Ecuador, all year long. My favorites, so are, so are, the huge stemmed dark cherries.

Nick ponders the purchases:

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and cherries.

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I took a stroll today …

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

along the Calle Larga, going to my favorite haunt, the Carolina Bookstore.

I must admit, I have an addiction!  I finished the second book in George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series and JUST HAD TO get the next.

So, I sent out the front door and turned right.



That’s my balcony above Las Colonias, the chicken place.

Then, I walked east, past myriad little stores (tiendas) that sell everything imaginable.



Along Calle Large, there are several long stairways that go south and down to the Tomebamba River.



I particularly like this fence, along the way to the bookstore.



My visiting friend, Nick, joined me at the bookstore. Then, we went to a little bar called Chipotle for an early beer.  The restaurant also has a collection of hot sauces, maybe 50 bottles. We tried several, with cheese French fries.



The one on the left was my favorite. The one on the right, INSANITY, was ungodly hot. I’m posting this an hour later, and my nose is still running!!

Happy day.



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A brief tour of the house

January 27, 2013 1 comment

It’s a mellow Sunday in Cuenca, Ecuador. I woke up about 7:30, stumbled down the stairs and went to one of the three bakeries that are with a half-block. I bought six croissants, plus peach jam, to go with the fresh butter that I bought yesterday.  Yum.

My friends, Nick (from New Hampshire, via Flagstaff) and Miguel (from Colombia) are off to Cajas National Park (about 30 klicks away) for the day.

Here, they are waiting for their friend on the Calle Large, in front of the apartment. I shot this from the balcony (more about this later).


Then, I thought I’d take you on a small tour of the apartment.

This is heading out the door to the interior atrium stairway.


Then, down the stairs.


On the ground floor, one turns right to go to the street.


Then, across Calle Larga (long street) to look back.


That’s my balcony above. Below, the landlady operates a rotisserie chicken place, called Las Colonias. Notice the vent just above the L.  It supplies what I call Chicken Heat to that side of the balcony. It’s most welcome on chilly evenings.

Well, back inside. On the ground floor, we head to the back of the building.


Before getting outside, there’s the barbecue.


Then, the garden. One of my neighbors did laundry today.


And, then, walking to the back:

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Nick has put his hammock there. The openings in the wall overlook the Tomebamba River.



Other spots in the garden:

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My sweet landlady …

January 26, 2013 2 comments

Lorena, gave me this painting for the apartment.

It shows the Tomebamba River, which runs behind our building.


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A day at Pumapungo

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve visited this park before, but returned yesterday with my friends Miguel and Nick. It has become one of my favorite spots in Cuenca. It’s a huge green space, away from Cuenca’s traffic. Then, there are the birds ….



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More on the new place

January 26, 2013 1 comment

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Here are a few shots of the new apartment, taken a week ago. Believe me, it looks better now.

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New Home!

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Howdy! Sorry about not posting for a while. I’ve been busy. The most recent project has been a move to Cuenca’s Calle Larga, across from the Mercado 10 de Agosto. I’m on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the busy street.

Here’s a photo of that, from early morning:


So, it’s pretty active and noisy from the balcony from midmorning until early evening.

There’s another option, however. There’s a garden in the back of the building.

There’s a lot more news that I need to pass along, but that will have to be another time. Soon, though.



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