Invited to see Joanne’s Future Rooms for Rent

 Leo, Joanne, Wendy and Neil in front of Joanne's future bed and breakfast.

Leo, Joanne, Wendy and Neil in front of Joanne’s future bed and breakfast.

Today is Sunday and we were invited to see Joanne’s future rooms for rent. I couldn’t wait to see it, just to see how someone else envisioned their place to stay. I was surprised that we had similar tastes actually. She bought all of her linens and fabrics in England, but she had the color scheme I like. She has done a lot of work on her house in the last few years. She has 3 rooms that she can use for her B & B. She is a friendly person and will be good as the hostess.

 

After we went to her house and had the tour, we had coffee and sweets, and talked. Later we went for a walk on the beach. I collected several shells and a sand dollar. I am going to make a shadow box for each beach I visit. In the background will be a picture of the beach and in the front will be the sand and shells from the beach. (Saw that on Pinterest). While at the beach, we saw a man with 3 horses that he eventually rented to 3 girls. They rode down the beach. Looked like fun! Each girl paid $5.00 for ½ hour. Not too bad. We watched the birds playing in the sand as the water washed up near them.

 

Later we decided to call a cab to take us back into town. Joanne lives 5 Km from the center of town. We were going to go to eat lunch in town. The cab did not show up, Wendy called again and he said he’d be there soon. He never came, so we decided to take the bus. Sounded great to me, but little did I know what was in store for us.

Waiting for the bus.

Waiting for the bus.

Here comes the bus. He looks like he is going to pass on a double line. Welcome to Ecuador.

Here comes the bus. He looks like he is going to pass on a double line. Welcome to Ecuador.

The bus was full and the 5 of us could hardly get onto the bus. I’m trying frantically to find a place to hold on as the bus pulled out. Leo was still on the first step of the bus with the door open. At one point, Neil and I were standing chest to chest with neither one of us able to move. Some Ecuadorian teenager, I think, was near me and I was falling all over him, too, as the bus jerked along. I had to hold on for dear life, because I had only one hand on a rail, but I was not secure. I was worried about Leo falling out of the bus. That was a long 5 minutes. Neil and  Wendy decide they wanted to get off at the Mall, but the other 3 of us wanted to go into town to eat.Leo got off the bus, so I headed for the door and then Joanne decided she’d get off too. Joanne, Leo, and I grabbed a tuk tuk into town while Wendy and Neil went to the Mall. Joanne had gotten a call from Bob who was at a copy place and we were going to meet him for lunch as well. It was good he was at the copy place because we had to print a copy of the contract our landlords emailed us, sign it, get it scanned with our signatures and put it on a flashdrive, so we could email it to them today.

Joanne and Bob

Joanne and Bob

Leo is eating a crab from my soup.

Leo is eating a crab from my soup.

Then we started walking until we came to a restaurant to eat lunch/dinner. It was about 4:00 at that point. We enjoyed their company at the meal. Joanne is from England and Canada and Bob is from New Jersey. Everyone tried to speak Spanish a little. I am the worst one, but I have been here the least. We parted ways after eating and I was ready to rest, but we had to go food shopping. It is 7:00 now and we are back so I thought I’d get my thoughts down while they are fresh in my mind. Then I will rest!

6 Comments
  1. The B&B looks lovely—I’m sure your’s will be lovely as well. About what percent of the people there have cars?

    • Not sure about the % of cars for Ecuadorians in Playas, not a high percentage. I mostly see cabs and truckcabs. Expats in Playas =2. Wendy and Neil are getting a motorcycle because Neil will have to visit his house building project daily when it gets started. There is good and cheap transportation available in Playas. Tuk Tuk 50 cents, cab 1.00, Bus 60 cents from 5 K out. The cab of 4 of us to 5K was $3.00. Not sure of price yet in Crucita where we are moving. Are buses to towns where there are tuk tuks and cabs and buses. It is amazing how good the transportation is along the coastal towns. Of course it is good in cities, too. Crucita has 10,000 people. Playas has 25,000 people. (Don’t know where they all are).

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