There is a pretty park just outside of the church. It has one of my favorite trees. They call it cassia here, but I called it Poinciana tree. I had one of those in my backyard when I was a child in Hialeah, FL. We used to climb it and sit under it for shade. It had big brown seed pods that we used to play-fight each other using them as swords. I wanted to put a small one in a big pot here at the house, but Mariana said it would out grow the pot very quickly. This tree was planted for Eloy Alfaro, a former president, whose crypt we visited several months ago. There was a monument there in his honor, but it crumbled. Mariana said they used people from Cuenca, rather than using good sculptors from Portoviejo. She also pointed out a bench where the prostitutes sit to drum up business. There were a few there at that moment. There were police in the park, too.
Later we went to Chile Street to look for Santa hats and we found one. We also went to a fabric store to buy red fabric and a trim to make me a Christmas blouse. Then we went to Laurita’s Restaurant where she only makes ceviche. It was delicious and the place was crowded. There is something to making only one thing and being good at it. Then we got a cab to go to Filberto and Claudia’s house. Claudia made all the dresses for the wedding. She is a wonderful seamstress. She is going to make this blouse, so we took her the fabric. Filberto and Claudia were in their front yard selling tongas; rice with meat with peanut sauce that are wrapped in plantain leaves. They are selling them to their neighbors to raise money for a Christmas party for the kids in the development they live in. They were preordered. In their development are 147 houses. They are very modern. Filberto is the president of the homeowners association. We stayed and chatted with them as they sold the tongas. They gave us a passion fruit dessert that was very good. Filberto gave us a ride to the bus station and we got a bus back home. It was another good day in Ecuador!