As I mentioned previously, after all the preparations of getting ready to leave, the flight, etc. I was so tired and had no energy.George and Arlene took us to the airport. At the airport in New York, the lady at the ticket counter, asked if we had confirmed our cat. We said yes. She said they had two dogs going and they don’t put dogs and cats together. I was getting tense, so Leo said I’ll handle it, so I stepped away. Two of Leo’s volleyball assistances came to see us off. Thank God they came because we had too many bags for us to handle even with carts. After a supervisor’s intervention all became well with the cat. They wouldn’t let us give Smokey any food or water for the trip. Everything I had read said to have food in the cage. They almost didn’t let her have her pad to sleep on. We had 6 bags totaling under the 150 lbs. we had available to us. We did have one extra bag and a cat that added another $300. We went through the check point with the cat. They scanned my hands-what was that? I had to carry Smokey in my arms through the check point. Then they took her and it was time to say goodbye. The flight was very smooth and I had a small glass of wine, put the seat into a bed and went to sleep. I woke up a few times but went back to sleep. Leo ate the dinner they served before going to sleep.
After we landed I started getting so excited. The sun was just coming up and we could see outside and the area was very pretty. The airport is very modern. We got out first but couldn’t get into the line because we did not fill out the paperwork on the plane. The print was so small we couldn’t read it. Leo sat and filled out the paper work and I went to the bathroom. I decided to brush my teeth with the toothbrush and paste they gave us in a goodie bag on the plane. When I got there, I remembered-don’t drink the water. I asked someone if it was OK to brush with the water and they said yes but don’t swallow it. So I took a chance. When I got back everyone from the plane was in line. Luckily an attendant in the area asked Leo how old he was and he was told he could enter the short line and then we noticed that parents with children, flight attendants, handicapped, diplomats, and the seniors could go in this line. We are now second in line. After that, we went to get the bags and it took 3 carts, not easy for two people to push two large carts. Mind you, Smokey was on the turn table like a piece of luggage.We wandered over to an official helper and asked where we should go. He said stand over there, so we did. Leo kept saying the man wanted us to cut the line. I said there is no way I will cut that line unless the man comes over here and says so. Leo could have killed me. We stood there for a little while and the man saw us and motioned for us to get in line. I turned to the people that I was cutting in front of and said sorry, the man told us to go here (in English), they answered in English, no problem, go ahead. (It pays to be a senior in Ecuador. ) Anyway, next stop was paperwork for Smokey. After that we left and no customs. Josue a young man who lives down the street from us picked us up at the airport. Cost us $75.00. Well worth it. Victor the owner and Wendy the neighbor arranged it for us. It was about an hour ride to Playas from Guayaquil.The scenery was very nice. Things looked a lot like FL.
When we got to the apt. we tried to unpack some and set up the wifi, so I could tell my friend, Diane to send Victor his check now that I had the key. Leo zonked out. I emailed Wendy downstairs and asked if I could come down and say hello. So I went down and talked with her and her husband Neil. They are a lovely couple from Canada. They are very personable. I brought her some lemon pudding mix she wanted to make a pie. I talked with them about an hour and headed upstairs to wake up Leo. We had to go shopping at the Mall. First we had to eat in the food court there. I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours. We walked over. It was quite near. For lunch we tried an Ecuadorian lunch. Actually I didn’t like it much. Just because it was typical food court food.
We tried to get our phones going in the Mall, but we couldn’t because we didn’t have our passports. We had forgotten that we need to carry passports at all times. We decided to go back the next day. We went to the Supermarket in the Mall. We were mindful that we would have to carry the stuff home walking. We bought the small sizes of everything. We had our canvas bag, very large. The one my friend, Diane bought us when we got the boat. We rolled it all out to the parking lot in a grocery cart. The parking lot had a shoulder high bamboo fence around it. The opening was way back away from our needed direction. So Leo went with the cart to the spot closest to our destination and I walked back to the opening and walked on the sidewalk next to the bamboo fence. Leo was on one side and I was on the other. When we got to the corner, he handed the few plastic bags over the fence first and I wasn’t sure I could lower that heavy canvas bag down gently. Just then a man came by on his bike and Leo asked him if he would help us. He did and we thanked hin profusely. Then Leo walked back to the opening and came up the sidewalk, while I waited on the corner. We each took one handle and then we each took a few plastic bags in our other hand. We had to put that bag down a few times along the way. After puttting away the groceries we realized that we still need things, so we planned another trip for the next day. Also, we needed to get the phone going. Also, we needed to find out where to get a water jug.
Shortly after that, I took a nap and told Leo to wake me up at 5:30. We were due downstairs at Wendy’s for dinner. She said she knew we would be busy all day, so she offered to have us over. Well, I got up only to remember that my watch was still an hour ahead, so it was really 4:30, but I was up. We took a bottle of wine to Wendy’s. We had heard that they don’t have much wine in Ecuador, but they had some at the store. Well they had enough for us-Chardonnay and a rose, something like while zinfandel. It was rather cheap too.
We ate in Wendy’s courtyard. She is an excellent cook. She made a shrimp enchilada, a tomato baked in a cheese sauce, and vegetable yellow rice with avocado on top. Yummy! Conversation was easy.They are both so nice and easy to be with. We are lucky to have them here. Actually, I’m writing this on day 3, because we are doing so much and all that walking is killing me. In an hour we will be walking downtown after walking all afternoon. Really folks, I am so exhausted. I am calling this section, The Honeymoon Phase. It’s like a real honeymoon, burning the candle at both ends. I am really having trouble writing, I am so tired. I thought I’d better write something before you all think I got kidnapped or something.