We are pretty much beginning our day to day life. It is funny because the routine is so different than the one in the states. One of the things I was worried about was sitting around too much with nothing to do. When you don’t have all the modern conveniences, especially a car, your day gets taken up with daily chores. We get up between 7:30 and 8:00 AM, after the usual morning routine of getting ready for the day, we put the coffee on and have our breakfast of corn flakes. Then I sit on the computer while I finish my coffee. Next, I’ll put on a tea kettle of water to get hot water for the dish washing. Then I’ll wash dishes and sweep the tile floors. I may go on the computer for a while and before we know it, it is almost noon. For the past few day, we have gone downtown shopping. I took two pillow covers I had sewed three sides on before I came here and two pillow forms I bought here to the seamstress. She sewed up the final side-both for $1.00. We went to the Tia Market and bought a few things, and we stopped by “my plant man, Enrique Luna” who stands on one corner downtown. We wanted to get plants for my pot. I am going to give this plant time to see if this constant wind wrecks it. Below the palm, I planted periwinkles, practically a weed in FL. and here, and oregano and another thing that trails down. The trailers were long so I cut them and poked them back into the soil to see if they take.
After shopping and all that walking, we decided to have the day’s luncheon special called, almuerzo, that usually sells for $2.50 on week days and we found out costs $3.00 on weekends. The special is usually a choice of two different things, so Leo and I each order a different thing so we can taste each others to see what we like and don’t like. On Saturday, we stopped at restaurant across from the one we tried last week where we had the guy who serenaded us with a flute. At this one we were serenaded by a guitar player and a singer. Also, while we sat there, street sellers came in the restaurant and tried to sell their wares. Welcome to Ecuador. The special always starts with soup and then you get a plate with a mean/fish, salad/vegetable, and lots of white rice. I always put the aji sauce on the rice and eat a quarter of it. They serve a fruit juice usually, but at this place we got a glass of coke. I had a delicious fish in a tasty marinade (can’t go wrong with fish on the coast of Ecuador). Actually that time, we both got the same food.
Then we walked home and ended up going shopping at the Mall. We actually needed to get cash from the ATM. We still use our credit union in CT. Ecuador operates on the ATM machine. We are going to Guayaquil Tuesday to get our residency paperwork done and we need $700., so we took some money out of the ATM on Sat. and some on Sun. Late in the afternoon, Wendy and Neil had Barry over for drinks and we joined them. Barry bought a condo last year and came to Playas to remodel it. He lives in the north in the Andes. He is going to sell it. We are going to look at it next Wednesday, when he thinks he will be finished. It is on the Malecon and has a pool. He is a former volleyball coach, so Leo was in heaven talking VB. Since we had a big meal earlier, we had soup for dinner. By the time I cooked and heated the water, and washed dishes it was about 8:00.We watched TV-NCIS in English and at 10:00 I was ready for bed. The walking and the sea air makes me ready for bed earlier than usual.
Yesterday, we went to look at an apt.in Playas that a woman from Guayaquil has for rent. We could only see the little apt. (one bedroom), because the bigger one is rented for the week until Saturday. The little one rented for $150 a mo. On Sat. we will go back and check out the bigger one. She says it has 6 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It has a big balcony. We looked in the windows at her urging, which embarrassed me because the people were in there. The eat-in kitchen was very large as was the living room. I took a very quick look. Supposedly, you can see the ocean from the balcony.I hope so. The house is a few blocks back from the Malecon. This apt. is $350 a month. These are the prices we have been reading about on line by other expats in other places. I was beginning to wonder if these places existed here. Luckily, one of the expats we met, Doris, knew of a place near her for rent and gave us the phone number to call about it. We will see what it looks like inside. The location is not as spectacular as the one we are in, but we could do a lot with that extra $450 a month. We are going to have to vacate this apt. we are in now the last week of Aug. for two weeks, so we have to find a new place either temporarily or permanently, if we like it.We took a cab there, but walked to the Malecon from the house to see how far it was. I didn’t mind the walk down to the Malecon, but we didn’t try the walk back up. There are lots of restaurants near there. We stopped in one and ate the Special. We both had crab soup and I had a fish–head and all, and Leo had a crab omelet type thing. Both were very good.
We took a cab to town to pick up the pillows we had dropped off the day before and then he drove us to the Mall. I went to get my prescription for blood pressure medicine at the pharmacy. I took the bottle in to show what I wanted. No check with doctor here. I got it pre-packaged in a box, where you pop out the pills one at a time. It cost me $10. Now on the other hand, we wanted to get fish-oil capsules and they cost $40. for 250 capsules of 1000. Maybe I have just forgotten what they cost at home. We used to get 1400 mg in a 150 capsule bottle at Sam’s for $16., I think. That’s about 11 cents vs 16 cents a pill here for less mgs. Oh well, it is what it is! When we had dinner last night, we had a sandwich, BLT, since we had a big lunch. They say it is better to eat a big meal at mid-day. Not sure. Last night we were able to talk to our son, Leonardo, his wife, Lisa and our four grandchildren in Naples, FL on Skype. Skype is such a great invention. Calling on the phone would be so expensive. Today, I have fooled around on the computer and it is now almost noon. What to do today? We will see!