A Cultural Reminder

Waiting for plants to arrive.

Waiting for plants to arrive.

Friday, Audrey, Bill, Leo and I got a bus to Portoviejo to buy plants. We had been in the plant place a few days ago and they were supposed to be getting a big shipment from Colombia Thursday night. They were going to take many to the church for a sale on Saturday, so we had a chance to look them over before they go to the church. We left about 9:00 am on the bus. We took the bus to the center of Portoviejo and got  a cab to the plant place. (address: near the church).  When we got there, the plants were not there. The lady told us they were on their way and were close. (Cultural Reminder: Ecuadorians do not like to tell people no and disappoint them). We said OK. We called Richard, who has a truck that we hired to take the plants back to Crucita. He was charging us $25.00 which the 2 couples would split. We told him previously to come at 2:00 but  bumped it to 3:00 because we were coming back there at 2:00 to pick out the plants. No problem, we got a cab to Supermaxie. We went into Kiwi (hardware store) and looked around. Leo wanted to get a jig saw to cut the bamboo planters. He was using a grinder with a cutting blade and it kicked back twice and cut his stomach twice. That was the end of that thank God. He went to the ATM  to get $500. It did not give him the money. This had happened before because it limits the money, but never tells you want you can really get. He tried another ATM and it worked. Then he went in the bank and told him about the ATM. They told him to try another. Before, when this happened, they did not deduct the money. When we got home, we saw they did duct it from our account. I guess this has happened before and we contacted our bank to straighten it out. Scary! We went into Supermaxi Market. In there, we met a couple who are from FL. We talked and they are going to join the Craft Group. We had lunch at KFC, the only restaurant in this mall. In this KFC they serve lentils as a side. Love them! We still had some time to kill, so Audrey said she had heard there was a Tia (Walmart with food, but not as big) in Central. Neither of us had been, so we were off to get a cab. (Each cab ride here is $1.00.). The place we went is a street lined with street vendors in small tents on both sides. The street also has small stores lining the streets as well. I found out later the street is called, Chile Street, like in Quito, but this street is flat not a huge hill. I bought a few large bowls and platters, fabric for a tablecloth, a rope of artificial hibiscus flowers for  a table decoration. We were able to kill enough time to get a cab back to the flower place. Bill had bet Leo they would not be there and they were not. The lady said she just talked to her husband who was driving the plants back from Colombia and he would be there any minute. We warned Richard not to come until further notice.We sat down to wait. We waited about an hour and finally  left. Everyone was in less than a stellar mood.

Audrey and Bill at the end of the day. We were all exhausted.

Audrey and Bill at the end of the day. We were all exhausted.

 

We took a cab to the bus terminal, a move to make sure we got seats. I was happy, because I could buy freshly made chifles, a fried banana, like potato chips in the terminal. I bought 2 big bags that we eat when people stop by. I think we all slept on the bus going home. Shopping is tiring when you do it by bus, cab and walking. No one wanted to go to the Walk About Restaurant for Friday Night pizza. It is owned by Sonia, an expat, so we have been hoping to try it and give her our business. Manana!

Scenes of Crucita Beach from the Bus Window

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Maybe not!

Maybe not!

Saturday, we got up early. I washed and hung up the clothes to dry, before going to the plant place again. A bus and cab later, we arrived. We picked out our plants, called Olayita to see if she could give us a ride back home with the plants. She said she could come about 3:00, so we went to the Mall and bought every thing we needed that didn’t need refrigeration because we knew we had the truck to cart it home. We stopped at the Mall for lunch also. This Mall had the food court with a bigger variety of choices. I ate fish and Leo had beef. Colon and Olayita came for us in the truck and we stopped at a few shops to look for pinking shears, which we could not find. We stopped at the fruit cup stand to eat the fruit cup we had last week. We got home about 4:30. We watched more episodes of Suits on the computer. We are about to run out of episodes, which is annoying.

Leo bought the most expensive internet, $90.00 mo. so he could watch the University of Bridgeport team play Volleyball, but it is just too slow. One match, it was pretty good, but not ideal. Internet is very iffy here.

Today was a first, it really rained. It misted one day recently, but last night it rained and continued this morning. We took the opportunity to wash the deck using mother nature’s water, since one has to pay for water here. We used a push broom. It took off a huge amount of dirt, but we will have to go back and repeat with a mop. Living on the beach is very dirty. The sand blows and coats everything. We have been clearing out the planter for the next plants, mixing dirt with leaves, making a mess. Leo has been cutting out the bamboo creating sawdust, so it gets a mess fast.

The beach looks different after a rain.

The beach looks different after a rain.

Plants lined up ready to plant, Hibiscus, lantana, croton,

Plants lined up ready to plant, Hibiscus, lantana, croton,

Bamboo planters that Leo had been cutting the tops off.

Bamboo planters that Leo had been cutting the tops off.

Hanging pot and one bamboo planter planted.

Hanging pot and one bamboo planter planted.

Hanging geraniums.

Hanging geraniums.

Periwinkles in the bamboo planter.

Periwinkles in the bamboo planter.

10 Comments
  1. Beautiful plants, they will be so pretty when they are all in bloom. What is the average temperature there, I thought it would be very hot since it is close to the equator, but maybe not.

    • I can hardly wait for the plants to grow. We are in winter now, and the temperature averages 75 degrees. The wind blows off the ocean and it can feel cold. I don’t usually get cold, but others feel the cold more than me. The sky is usually overcast, but not in a depressing way, a cooler way. A few days here and there we get full sun and it is hot in the sun, but say on our porch, the breeze still keeps us comfortable. Around November or so, it should get consistently hotter as we approach summer or what they call the rainy season. I was just talking to another expat yesterday and she commented that it did not rain much last year-so who knows what will happen. We have had a couple of rainy days recently. It seemed weird since we hadn’t had any in the two months that we have been here. I expected it to be hotter than it is since we are near the Equator, too. Go figure!

  2. I love lantana!! We have many lantana plants in our front and back yard. By the was—are the Man-O-Wars still on the beach???

    • The lantana are supposed to attract butterflies. I used to plant them in FL. The Man o wars are not here thank, God. We had a family visiting Sunday and the kids went into the water and no sign of them on the beach or in the water. Leo went in yesterday and it was clear, too.

  3. Hello, nice to read you… Can you tell me more information about your internet provider in Crucita…. Thanks…

    p.s. Nice pictures too…

    • Thanks, Real, glad you like it. Did you know the townhouses are being built now? They are coming along. Are we anxious to get more neighbors. Let us know when you are coming out this way. Leo and I would love to meet you. From what I know there is only one internet service available to us here. Samuel runs it. There are 3 plans: one for $25. where you share with 4 families (1 mb/sec), next is $50, where you share with 2 people (1 mb/sec), the next is $90 where you share the line alone (1 mb). But since some share, you get only a portion of it when they are on it, too. Each one is supposed to be faster because you are sharing less or not at all. We just ordered the $90 one because Leo wants to steam video from US, but it is not really fast enough for that. Audrey and Bill think the other two are really the same, so they went to the $25 one-but sometimes her download is very slow. Our downloads and uploads are reasonable.

  4. Boy, no moss, or should I say, sand is settling around your feet! You two are always on the go, but look at all you have accomplished. I love the bamboo planters. Great job Leo 🙂
    Enjoy every day for it is an adventure.

    • True, but after next Sunday, I plan to settle down.Things are just going to have to go slower and hopefully we can strike a happy balance. Leo says thanks. And the saga continues…

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