We got up and had breakfast on the porch. I really can’t describe how great that was. Somehow it didn’t even seem like me. Where else could I afford to live on the beach besides Ecuador? We walked all around the patios surveying the scene. Leo and I just looked at each other smiling, knowing how the other felt.
About 9:00 we leaded next door to meet our neighbors and participate in a craft day. There were about 18 people there, both men and women. Leo went to take pictures, but later got pulled into the craft. For about 1/2 hour everyone stood around and talked. Everyone came up and had a conversation with us. Everyone was very nice and enjoyable to talk to. There were at least 3 people from CT. there. Eventually, we all sat down and Roni our teacher from Mompiche, Ecuador who is originally from Tasmania, explained the craft. We all had to choose a palm frond that Audrey had pulled from the trees on the property beforehand. I thought we were going the pull the long strips off and weave those, but we wove them while on the frond. It was very awkward at first dealing with that huge frond and situating yourself in the middle of it. Audrey has a huge porch,which shrunk when you had 18 people with a frond practically attached to them.
There was a learning curve to overcome, but before long everyone had the knack of it. In the beginning it reminded me of the times I tried to do crafts in the classroom, weaving being one of them, and EVERYONE NEEDED YOU AT ONCE! We were just like the little kids wanting the teacher now. She got around to everyone sooner or later, but I know how she felt. It was actually fun doing the baskets. I did one and started another, but before I knew it Leo was in my place doing the next two while I took pictures and talked to various people. It was a great day.
We left at about 12:00 because we had no groceries and had to go into Portoviejo to shop. We found out that the buses go by every 15 minutes. Some buses take you into the center of Crucita (we live out of town a bit) to change buses for other places, and others take you to the center and then you proceed on that bus to Portoviejo, or other buses will take you to Manta after going to the center of town. That first time, our bus was going to Portoviejo, so we were all set. It took about 45 minutes and cost us about $1.35 for two. We asked to be alerted when we got to the Paseo Shopping Mall which they did. It was just like the Mall in Playas with the Comissariato. So we ate lunch and did our shopping. We were going to take a cab to the other big shopping place called Supermaxi, but I was too tired. We got a cab because we had too much to carry on the bus. The cab cost us $12.00, but was worth it for convenience. That’s what most of the expats do. We unpacked a little more when we got home, ate, watched a movie on a video disk on the computer (no tv) and went to bed. I love the breeze blowing in the window at night. Good sleeping environment.