Yesterday, December 1, we were going to Arenalas to buy a few items and we heard noise on the beach, so we went out to the beach to see what it was. There was a huge procession of people going down the beach. In front were girls dressed in pretty white dresses, young boys followed and after that was a mix of ages of people. Some people carried a decorated statue of the Lady de Guadalupe down the beach. This group of people had been carrying this statue from church to church in the general Crucita area. The statue stays at various churches overnight. The Lady de Guadalupe is the symbol for Crucita and this is the week they celebrate her.
After they left, we went on to Arenalas to shop. While waiting for the bus, we saw a man on a bicycle-cart picking up trash along the street.
In Arenalas, we bought sliced bread, mangoes, fresh baked rolls, and chifles. Leo stopped at the Claro store (cell phone) and bought $20.00 worth of minutes. Then he went to the hardware store to buy electrical plugs to make an extension cord.
At the hardware store, a man was in a truck buying construction supplies. I saw that he was buying very long rebar and I was so happy I had my camera, because I wanted to show you how they carry it. I’ve seen it before several times, but not at a time I could whip out my camera, so this time I was ready. Can you believe they go down the street like that? See below:
Then we got on the bus to go home and the procession we had seen earlier was now on the main street in Arenales, so I was able to get more video.
I decided to take a video of our ride home. It is more rural where we live, so you will see a lot of open space. There are mostly houses and a few stores along the way. I am taking the video looking west, so you can see that the road runs parallel to the ocean.
It seems like we get to experience so many new things almost everyday here in Ecuador. I know we are still in the Honeymoon Phase here, but I am enjoying it thoroughly while it lasts!