Signing Up at the Police Station

Walking down the drive to the bus.

Walking down the drive to the bus.

They have a neat thing here. You go to the police station to set up a panic button on your phone. You give them your phone and they program it so when you hit #5 and hold it, it will notify the police that you are in trouble at home. You don’t talk, they just come when they get your call that tells them who you are and your address. Nice touch. One day last week we went to do that. While we were there, a guy was brought in with handcuffs. They let him sit in the hall until we left. They closed the police door behind us when we left and then they dealt with their prisoner.

Police Station

Police Station

Leo at the Police Station

Leo at the Police Station

We have to take the bus into the main area of Crucita. We live on the outskirts. The bus dropped us off near the police station. Then we walked to find the tienda  (store). They are little stores about like 7 Elevens with the basics, but not too much.  I was told this was a great little store to get most of what you want. I was spoiled in Playas Villamil. We has several good sized stores there. Our nearest store like the one we had in Playas Villamil is in Portoviejo, a 45 minute bus ride. We bought a few things and went to eat lunch, “almuerzo” the $2.50 lunch special, which is $3.00 in Crucita not $2.50 like in Playas. Then we got a tuk tuk home for $1.50. It’s a longer ride than the 50 cent ride we had in Playas.

eating lunchCrucita

Eating lunch in Crucita

Mural across from the small store in Crucita.

Mural across from the small store in Crucita.

 

After getting home, Leo went for his almost daily swim. He loves the water. I watch and take pictures. I like the view of the beach, not necessarily the water for swimming. Speaking of view. I am typing at my new computer desk that we have put in our bedroom. As I glace to the left, I see that beautiful beach and the palm trees. The breeze is blowing and I am almost cold. The palm branches are swaying in the wind. Life is good at the beach!

Watching the sunset after a  daily swim.

Watching the sunset after a daily swim.

8 Comments
  1. Congrats on your move to your new home. I’ve been on roads you describe while in Mexico. They were terrifying! But you made it and are finally settled, thank G-d. Now you begin your new life and I pray you only have good health and happiness. Have you had any need for doctors yet. I am being treated for ulcerative colitis and they almost have it under control but would need a few good specialists while we are there. Also can you drink the water or buy bottled? We really enjoy your daily blogs and hope to be able to meet you in person one day soon. Which airlines fly there from Fla. if you know. Good luck and enjoy. The picture of Leo watching the sunset is fabulous!
    Suz

    • Thanks Sue. I did use a Dr. in Playas. I wrote about it in one of the blogs. I had a bacteria infection. They were very professional, timely, cheap and effective. Leo was there to interpret.Afterwards we found out that at
      the Commesariato there was an English speaking Dr. there. Here in Crucita there are many Dr. available in nearby Portoviejo and Manta. In Playas we had to drink bottled water. Here, the house has an osmosis filtration system that allows us to drink the water. We do drink it and we have the big bottled water ($1.00) too, not sure why.

      Lan is a good choice of airline. American flies here, too, among others. Not sure which ones. Keep your eye on Lan it has specials for $400 round trip to Guayaquil from Miami. It is usually $1200 or so. When we moved here we came with 4 bags each plus a cat. It ended up being cheaper to fly business class because of the bags that were free rather than economy plus paying for some of the bags.FYI

      Glad you liked the picture. We were talking to Sy down the beach and were talking about how you can’t really capture the sunset with the camera the way the eye sees it, so it is prettier in person.

      We hope we get to meet you, too, and if you do come to Crucita, we can introduce you to many other expats as well. Joyce

  2. Looks like a long driveway from the street. If you get a chance take a picture of the whole property from the street, this is the only picture of the house that hasn’t been taken yet.

    I love looking at the pictures, Its the only way I get to see you guys, especially since you guys deserted your favorite son….lol

    • Hi Favorite son, (Leo and Sean may disagree)
      It is a long driveway. You don’t see the back because the garage is in the way not to mention all the trees and shrubs. Dad tried to take a few today, but you see a corner of the house. We miss you lot and lots. Give Lisa and the boys a big kiss and hug from Grandma and Abuelo. We love you bunches. Love, Mom and Dad

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