Tuesday, we went to Guayaquil again to see about starting our paperwork for our Residency. We got up at 6:00 to be ready to leave at 8:00. Josue picked Wendy, Neil, Leo, and me up in his pick-up. This time I sat in the middle of the back seat. This had an important significance, I could see how Josue drives. I will not be sitting in the middle again. This is one time when ignorance is bliss. Oh my God. I had read about it before on other blogs, but the first time out, I was behind Josue so I was looking out of the sides, not ahead. This time I got a perfect view. Some examples, in the city, people do not adhere to the lines, which are perfectly visible on the roads. The drivers make lanes between cars. They straddle the white lines. Even though we have two distinct lanes, they make three lanes. I’m not sure how we actually made it safely, except that Josue is used to this type of driving. If anyone seems to think that they drive aggressively in Boston, believe me they are light-weights!! These people dodge in and out of cars., like those few maniacs on our roads, but here it is everyone. Even in the city, they will go into the on-coming traffic lane to get around someone when I see no room for such a move. Once Josue was making an extra lane to the right (in the city) and there was clearly a man in a food cart on the side but in the road, but Josue wanted to get ahead of the car in front of us. He made it, but not sure how even as I watched. Once when he went in the oncoming traffic lane there were tuk tuks coming in our direction, but again we barely made it. As you can see, I need to be in a spot that I cannot see what is going on. Don’t suggest another driver, they all drive alike. I would not want to be with an expat driving, they probably wouldn’t know how to handle this traffic. I have been considering a bus. At least the bus would be bigger than our opponents and perhaps we would have a better chance. I do use the word “opponents”, because it is like a game…called, “Chicken”. One time Josue was mad at a driver ahead of us who was traveling too slow, so Josue beeped and beeped (very common to beep), but the guy did not move or go faster. Josue passed in the actual right-hand lane and as we passed we realized it was cop. The cop acted as it was business as usual. Then Josue goes on to say that the law goes for cops, too. They should move over if they are going slow. I wonder if the law says make a third lane if you feel like it.
We got to Guayaquil, and Wendy and Neil had to meet with a lawyer first about their deed to the land they bought. Josue, Leo and I had a coffee beside the river while we waited. It wasn’t too long before we were ready to go again. Next they had to go to the place to get the Migratory Movement Certificate. We stopped at the place and I said I think we need this, too, but Leo didn’t respond, but in a few minutes he realized where we were and said we needed to go there, too. Actually, initially, we thought that everything was going to be done at the next stop. Anyway we hopped out and headed for the building. We were only 3 numbers behind them. When we got there, they were working on #31 and we had #69 and #72. There were only 2 windows open. We sat in a hot, crowded building while we waited. The first 30 minutes they called about 10 numbers, the next 30 minutes they called 5 numbers. The next hour they put on some more people in the windows and it went faster. We were there about 2.5 hours. Next we headed for the Ministerio de Extranjera to get our Residency.
We got there and we were numbers that were very far from the ones being called.After we got our numbers, we headed to get our Translated into Spanish Marriage Certificate Notarized that was recently translated. But first we had to go across one street to get copies made from Leo’s thumb drive. There was a Notary in that building, but when we went upstairs, we found a note on the door that said they would be out from 12-2:00. (Siesta Time). We left and went across the street on the other side of the building to the other Notary. Here we lucked out because since we were seniors you can cut the line (the sign said so). The room was full and they had numbers. Josue had to sign that he translated the papers and they took his thumbprint, and the Notary put her seal. When we got back to Wendy and Neil, they were still many numbers off. They predicted a 2 hour wait. We had not eaten since 6:30 AM and it was now 3:30. We decided to go eat and come back another day next week early.
We headed for the Mall. I was happy to see a big Mall since the one we have is small. It was big, but not much there that interested me. We headed for the food court first thing. Neil got Kentucky Fried Chicken Sandwich, Wendy got ceviche which she said was awful, I got shrimp and rice which was pretty good, and Josue and Leo ate in the place that served several pieces of different meats in one dinner. They liked it. It was Josue’s favorite place to eat. We were so hungry by 4:00 that we could have eaten anything I guess. We were surprised at all the different food court places that were American: McDonald’s Burger King, Tony Roma’s, Quiznos, to name a few. Afterwards we walked through the downstairs part of the Mall. We saw Baskin Robbins and Timberland. We went in the Super Maxi. Like Walmart with food. I found cut flowers. I was so excited. They cost $7.00 about ½ of what they cost at Sam’s Club. The one I got had sunflowers which I love and also it had roses. Ecuador is famous for their roses.These roses smelled good and opened up beautifully. You could buy 24 roses for $15.00. I love flowers in the house.
Wednesday we went to look at a condo that is for sale. It is about $80,000. The guy bought it for about $56,000 about 6 mo. ago, fixed it up,and is selling it. Wendy saw it before and after and she said he changed everything to update it. It would be perfect for us, but we should not buy until we are here at least a year. We looked at a rental that was beautiful, but it was a 4th floor walk-up. I need more time here walking and losing weight to be able to do that. We were hoping to look at 2 more today, but Josue could not get the car to take us. Actually, if the owner of this apt. would go down on his rent for a long-term lease, and would not want to kick us out 4 times a year so he can use it, I would love to stay here. This place has 3 beds and 2 baths, but the master bed room is locked with their stuff in it and it houses the 2nd bath. We did know that when we rented it and it is fine for the time being, but we want to settle in and want 2 baths for the long haul. So we will just have to see what happens. I am not going to worry about it, because everything always works out for the best, and maybe if we do not find something that suits our needs, we will explore a new place, even though we like it here. Who knows what lies around the bend?
Leo has not been feeling well today and yesterday. He is coming down with a cold and a cough. We walked to the Mall yesterday and got him some medicine. Hopefully he will feel better soon.
We bought shrimp from Elenita finally. After she told us she would have some, we checked back two days in a row and she didn’t have them. Finally one day she rang the buzzer and had 3 lbs for us. They were $4.00 a pound. Check them out.
One of the days this week we went to the Mall to see a movie. We saw “3 days to Kill”. It was in English and we were the only 2 in the theater. The price at this theater is ½ price during the week, so we paid $4.00 all together. We got a large popcorn and a large drink which we shared for $5.00. The movie was pretty good–action for Leo and some family parts for me. I’m not sure how long we will have to wait for the next English movie.
Today has been slow for the first time, mostly because Leo is sick. I did a laundry which took up my morning. I have been particularly tired today. Maybe I am coming down with the cold, but don’t realize it. Last night I went to bed at 9:00, because I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. There was a pretty good movie on TV, too, but I just couldn’t stay awake.