Tuesday, August 2, 2011


We have notoriously put out the welcome wagon to all our friends and family, offering a place to stay and a warm reception. We offered our daughter a visit but only if she would come for a month.. tickets are pricey for those of us on a fixed income.

I posted last time about her arrival and our time in Otovalo, but have not brought you up to date of our trials and tribulations once we arrived in Cuenca.

As soon we arrived in Cuenca, we marched over to the Coopera so they could see all the wonderful fruit and veggies available. We bought every odd looking fruit possible so they could make smoothies and try them fresh.
We had bus passes and keys for them, bus routes, maps and several tours of Cuenca, with a list of options of fun things to do while they were here... then Kelsey got sick..she swore it was the water, (I recently heard the term water snob, and I think it might apply in this case. grin). No matter that we assured her our water was very clean; even cleaner than most as we have a Ozone thingy on our kitchen faucet..and her cold we figured she got from the flight.

Well she got well, and no sooner had she gotten better.. I got sick.. well its not so bad that I got sick..it's that when any one gets sick, especially me, Randy becomes the bearer of woe and goes on and on about how he is now going to get sick; and everyone knows how he HATES to be sick.. and.. well you get the idea. I think the word in Quechua that fits is Wa Wa... (it means baby).

Well the "kids" as we so charmingly call them, have done very well getting off into town after a few forays with us. While I was sick, they managed the buses real well; found their way to several museums and coffee hang outs with out issues. They have even been to see things we have yet to see!

We did drag them on the double decker tour bus on Saturday. We had stopped in at the Itur office to see what days were "English" days.. we were told that every day it is in English.. not so.. Luckily, Daniel has alot of Spanish under his belt and we have been on this tour about 4 times previously, so we were pretty up on the things they were talking about, even if we didn't quite catch all the Spanish.
We trooped off to the California Kitchen for  a wonderful lunch afterwards, and then we all bussed back home for a  nice laid back afternoon. I realized I was still not well so Sunday was another down day, and the kids managed to make it to town in the afternoon.

Today we were supposed to go to Giron falls. Due to our bank having internet issues and other business related chores we asked our friends Sharon and Jacob to accompany Kelsey and Daniel to the falls. Sharon and Jacob are in their 30's so their stamina is much more in line with Kelsey and Daniel's anyway! I will look forward to the photos, that's more my speed.

They have to fly back to Quito on the 9th, so we are trying to mash all the other things on our list into these last few days. I am hoping for clear skies and lots of stamina!

1 comment:

  1. So great that you got to see your kids! I miss mine a lot (to pricey for us right now to go back and I think probably the hardest things about living here - so far from loved ones.
    I love the strange fruit smoothie idea - we're going to have to try that!
    Hey - was at a birthday party for a Ecuadorian friend who has a home near us and also lives in Cuenca...met lots of great Cuencanos at the party...One that you might know - Brigette Salazar who runs the Estetica Integral salon...She thought she knew you - knows Brenda. She also mentioned she just had her first meal at California Kitchen and loved it! Can't wait to visit sometime!