When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?
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We’re sitting at the breakfast table at 7:30 AM, sipping our coffee and watching the beach. Occasionally, we’ll hear a truck go by. At first I see four shrimp boats going by, but then I realize there are more behind it. I lost track of counting, because there were many.There’s a man jogging on the beach, going a short distance and then turning around a jogging back. Back and forth he goes. Then I see a group of 3 walking along the shore. Then there is a group of 2. Then there are 2 single people walking one behind the other with a few yards between them. A man in an orange hat is running in the opposite direction heading East. Ohhh, a bird just few in front of our window, so close you could touch it.
The comedors (restaurants) are deserted at this hour. I guess there will be no going out for breakfast.
There are two huge cargo ships on the horizon that have been there for 3 days, waiting their turn to go up the river to Guayaquil to unload their containers. I looked at them with our scope. That’s a handy device. I observe two men sitting on a log peering at the ocean, probably chatting. A while later, a woman stopped to chat with them.
The sky is light blue with clouds in a relatively thin strip, stretching from east to west hanging just a little passed the shore over the ocean. The clouds are not quite cumulus or stratus. They are somewhere in between.
I got up so I could see better to the west. I noticed a group of men casting nets and many birds circling them. The birds are probably thinking, “How kind of these men to gather up the fish for us.” The fishermen have two trucks waiting for them to get their big haul. Later one of the men went to get the truck and they drive right up to the water to load their catch.
I noticed that the palm fronds were not blowing, but I was still cool.We have not used the air conditioner since the first night. (The air conditioner is in the bedroom). We do have fans in every room to circulate the air. In front of our apt. during the week-end, one could see a solid row of canopy tents and umbrellas lining the beach. They rent for $5. a day. The umbrella $2.50 a day. Today, the beach is rather empty except for on lonely umbrella someone just put up at 8:30.
Leo is sitting beside me looking at houses on the computer.
At about 10:30 we decided to go to the beach. We gathered up the beach stuff, small bag with camera, tablet, suntan lotion, sunglasses, umbrella, beach towel, & 2 beach chairs. Leo,set up the area on the beach and after about 10 minutes the beach umbrella took flight. I have to admit, when he set it up the next time it went nowhere, because it was wedged between two pieces of driftwood. Thanks, Leo!!
We had another set of fishermen to the left of us. Leo talked with them and they cast their nets about 10:00. It’s not an easy process. They sit around together afterwards, probably about an hour waiting for the nets to fill. Then the real heavy work begins. Apparently there is a crew of people that are always together. Then other men or women jump in and help bring in the nets. This is one hard job. The hangers -on get plastic bags of fish to take home. They are very thin and boney, but they take it. The others get fish and money. Leo having no shame, just went in among them and took pictures, trying to see what they got in the nets. I took mine from a distance with a zoom lens. I was waiting for one of them to tell him to back off. At least he’d understand them. This fish is mostly sold to use as filler in cat food and as fertilizer. When it is time to load the fish, a truck comes to collect it in crates. The men continue to fold up the nets again, not an easy job! Just about the time the nets are ready, another truck comes to haul away the net. Then the people who are left, jump on the truck which has a boat on top, and head for home. Everything is complete by 12:00.
When Leo was talking to the boss of the crew, he told Leo sometimes they catch a fish that when made into soup, is better than Viagra. I guess he thought Leo looked like he needed it. (Just kidding of course.)
It was fun watching them today. We came home and I cooked the Mexican Hamburger I bought yesterday at the meat market. It was very good. Now I am ready for my siesta!