Friday Leo and I headed to Manta again. Leo was there earlier to get our paperwork for our residency straighten out. We have to send our original copies of our notarized, apostilled, support documents to the Ecuadorian Consulate in CT who did not write the letter correctly with the stamps we were required to get, that is according to the office in Manta. Anyway, we mailed them DHL actually to a friend in CT to take to the consulate for us and they will DHL them back to us. DHL said the documents will be in CT Wednesday-pretty fast service. We’ll see. Time is getting short. Do you believe we have to pay again for these papers even though they did them wrong? We need it, so shut up, Joyce, no logic here.
Backtracking, we rode the bus from our house to Crucita bus station and waited for about 1/2 hour for the Manta bus. Ramon, an Ecuadorian gentleman, pulled up 3 chairs and we all sat down to chat. Well Leo chatted with him and interpreted for me. I asked Ramon questions and Leo translated for me. It was enjoyable. While we were there the man who sells fresh-baked cheese bread on each bus that stops at the terminal was there, so we grabbed 4 for $1.00 and we shared them with Ramon. Since we were early it was not too hot on the bus. I took video out the window of the bus to show you what we see on our ride. The video is bumpy since the ride is bumpy. I tried to get pics of the ceibo trees which I love. They look like Disney characters of a tree. The bark is green. Some have white puffs on the branches that look like cotton and they do use it for stuffing pillows and cushions.
I got a view of the local strip club as we passed. We passed the tuna processing plant, which you could tell by the smell. Lucky there is no smellovision. I tried to show houses and buildings. There is a lot of graffiti and trash. When we got to the bus terminal in Manta, Leo said we could walk to the DHL office. It was a hardy walk, but we found out that was the wrong office, so Leo said the next one was not too far to walk. He was right.
In town we saw beautiful murals, parks, and churches. Manta is somewhat prettier than Portoviejo because the streets are more open and the modern buildings are more visible from a distance because of it. Side streets are more like Portoviejo, though. The beach is there and you can see boat building on the beach with boats at various stages of construction. There are big ships in the harbor, commercial and cruise ships.
We went to Commissariato in Manta. It is pretty much like the one in Playas, Portoviejo and Quito. We had lunch in the food court and bought some groceries for the week making sure we did not buy anything too bulky or heavy.