Of course we did not expect everything to be the same in Ecuador. You may get a kick out of hearing about the differences. Probably the most difficult to adjust to is the fact that most places including our apt. you can not put toilet paper in the toilet. Beside the toilet is a wastepaper basket with a lid, lined with a plastic grocery bag. In most public restrooms they have that. In the few restrooms I have gone into, they had toilet paper. Today, I had to use the one at the Tia Market downtown. Luckily, Leo had toilet paper in his backpack (we had been warned) because I needed it. This restroom you had to get a key from the security guard, who stands just inside the store. The toilet seat was disgusting, but the room itself was ok. Wendy says that a lot of toilet seats are missing in public restrooms, because Ecuadorians steal them.
At first I hated doing dishes because I thought I could not use the tap water. So I would have to heat water and boil it for 3 minutes constantly that I would put in a very very large pot. When I washed the dishes, I’d boil some more to have hot and then I’d add the cooled water I had boiled previously. Then after washing them, I would use the cooled boiled water to rinse the dishes. Too much work!! Wendy said to just heat the water to get hot water, then add tap to cool it a little, and rinse from the tap. Much easier. Friends, enjoy that hot tap water you have. Lord knows if I will ever see it again.
Oh, I have a faint memory of dryers. Here it is, hang it on the line, but the bad part is it never feels dry to me. I guess because of all the dampness in the air.
Here is one you will never believe, milk and eggs on a shelf not refrigerated. The milk comes in a box or a plastic pouch. It’s on the supermarket shelf. We buy about 3 of them at a time. We store it on the shelf, except for the one we are using.It goes in the frige. The eggs stay on the shelf. (When in Rome…).
I have seen on the internet while looking for rentals and houses for sale, that it is common to have upper kitchen cabinets, but not lowers. Actually, downstairs they have no uppers either. My stove burners have two settings max (very high) and min. (high). The soup is boiling away on min. I have had to add water numerous times. You cannot simmer, so it is hard to keep from burning things.
People ride horses on the beach and the cars drive on the beach. (Kind of like Daytona Beach, FL).
At the beach, many people just swim in their clothes.
In this town there are no cut flowers. Ecuador is famous for its roses and in some towns they have flower markets, but not here.
On the beach there are sellers going up and down selling this and that-sunglasses, shaved flavored ice etc.
I bought red beans at the supermarket and I put them in a pot to soak. I looked at them about 2 hours later and noticed little black bugs doing the back stoke in the water.Oooooo! I boiled them a bit to kill the bugs before I threw it away. I had them in plastic bin with rice and a few other things. The rice had bugs, too, so I had to pitch it, too. We bought some more sealed plastic containers to keep the beans and rice in. I went back to the market and bought more beans but I checked them out better. I am cooking the new ones right now.They smell so good!