Friday was Pizza night. We went with a couple we had met last week at Pizza Night. Marcia and Glen have been here just 2 weeks. They have a car so they picked us up and took us home. We invited them to come over and have a cerveza with us before we went to the restaurant, but they had gotten tied up with things they had to do earlier, so we had to just get going to the Pizza Night. There were several new people to us, that did not go to the party or had not been to Pizza Night the times we went. One new woman, stopped by and said from my party invitation that said we would be dancing, drinking, eating, and getting to know expats we have not met, she thought it sounded like a swingers group. But she said she had since talked to expats who had gone to the party and said it was a good time and she was sorry she did not go. For those who know me out there, this is very funny! But in her defense, she and her husband were new, so they didn’t want to get into something unknown in a new country. But I chuckle every time I think about it. There were more people at Pizza Night than I had seen before.
Saturday, we got an invitation from Marlene and Michael who were going to go to Manta, a nearby city North of here (30 minutes by car, double by bus) to a luncheon set up each week by the Manta Expat Club. Of course, we were game. We rode the bus to Crucita to Marlene and Michael’s condo on the Malecon and beach. It was very pretty and spacious. They are right in the middle of the action. When we got to Manta by the ocean, we saw a submarine. I tried to get a picture of it but couldn’t as we were driving. I did get a shot of the tuna trademark for Manta, their major export. Check your tuna cans, maybe your tuna comes from Ecuador.
We went to the same place in Manta that we had been to with Colon and Olayita when we first got here. The area has many, many restaurants lining the beach area. This restaurant, Las Belas, was exceptionally good. I absolutely loved my shrimp crepes and Leo had a whole fish.
There were many expats at this function. We met the organizer, but we did not meet anyone else. No one came up to meet us. Oh well. Later a new couple came in and sat with us. They were very interesting. They both had worked at Disney World in FL. and recently retired. They bought a condo in Manta and were looking to invest in a condo in Crucita. One of the things I like about Crucita over Manta is the availability of living directly on the beach. I heard that most people live in the hills that overlook the beach, but not on it. I may be wrong, but I had heard that. We enjoyed meeting the new couple and talking with them. I enjoyed Marlene and Michael’s company as well. They are easy to talk to. Afterwards, the four of us went to Montecristi to look for a scarf for Marlene’s niece and nephew, I believe. As we entered Montecristi, we saw this sculpture of a woman making a Panama Hat (actually they are made in Ecuador).
When we were looking for the street that sells hammocks and other things, we got caught in funeral procession. Everyone that attends the funeral marches down the street following the casket. Sometimes it is carried by friends and family and other times it is in the back of a pick up.
We backed out of that street and found our way around the traffic tie-up. Below are pictures from Montecristi.
We had such and enjoyable day and we so pleased that Marlene and Michael invited us to join them in Manta.