The Weekend

Saturday we went  into Portoviejo to do the weekly shopping. The weekend is not the time to go shopping, but we put it off too long, so we had to go. We got off the bus at El Centro and most of the bus got off there. Leo managed to push his way in the line getting off and I waited quite a while until someone offered to let me go in front of them. Leo was waiting outside to help me off. There is a big jump down from the bus’s last step. The bus attendant usually helps me, too. When I land, I feel a jolt go through me. A long line of us all went the same way, down a narrow alley way to another main street. Houses attached to each other line both sides of the street.

Narrow street

Narrow street in Portoviejo

As we approach the end, there was a jam up, because a car had difficulty squeezing between a truck and a house. We only waited a few minutes though, before they figured it out, and we were on our way.

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Leo was looking for a store that sold a spray for aphids. They were on my hibiscus plants and on the hanging plant that they completely destroyed. It was $28., ouch, but previously, we happened to be with another couple who bought the same thing for $50.(double ouch).

Leo at the agricultural store.

Leo at the agricultural store.

While he was there, I noticed next door they were selling chickens. A big seller here.

Chickens for sale. The men in the store were kind of laughing at me taking a picture of them. It's just chickens for sale, what's the big deal.

Chickens for sale. The men in the store were kind of laughing at me taking a picture of them. They’re just chickens for sale, what’s the big deal.

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Future dinner.

As we walked along, I liked the look of this nail polish shop.

Ecuadorian Nail Shop

Ecuadorian Nail Shop

Lots of choices.

Lots of choices.

Leo was also looking in electronic store for a charger for our projector. We were in one shop and I had Leo ask the lady where she got the two small Ecuadorian flags she had in the store. She said she got them during a national holiday celebration. We asked if we could buy them anywhere and she said no. I looked disappointed and she game me one of hers. How nice was that? See I told you the people here are so nice. (It helps to be a little ol’ foreign lady-well not so little).

No charger in Portoviejo, so we will order it online with a new electric toothbrush that just died and have it sent to our next door neighbor, Audrey in FL, who also very thoughtful, is bringing back the “gotta have things” we are missing in Ecuador. When an expat goes “home”, it is a given that they become the “mule” for the rest of us to carry back our “wants” , but not necessarily our needs. Again, that is why we like it here, everyone helps everyone else. We went to lunch and then went grocery shopping and took the bus back. Just another day in Paradise.

Sunday we ate breakfast and puttered around the house doing  this and that. I made my “Happy New Year Sign”

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Shortly after that, Jill and Sy came by to say hello and bring back the power washer they had borrowed. Sy had to go into town to pick up something he had ordered, so Jill stayed to talk until he got back. They had just had their house painted, so Jill was relieved to have the painters gone, because in the course of painting the painters would be by every window looking in and she felt like she was in a goldfish bowl and felt uncomfortable. They are happy with the job, now that the ordeal is over.

Sy, Jill, and Leo

Sy, Jill, and Leo

When Sy got back, we all went over to the new condos they are building on the property here. They are almost finished. They are looking nice. I know Audrey and Bill, the owners read this blog, and I know she wants to see the shade of red that is on the trim. Just before she left she saw a sample that the builder had picked and she did not like it, so she wants to see it now with the new shade (she’s the one in FL now). So Audrey here it is: (Also, anyone thinking of moving here, check them out, Los Ranchos Estates, Las Gilces).

We like the red Audrey, do you?

We like the red , Audrey, do you?

Closer up.

Closer up.

After Jill and Sy left, we went to downtown Crucita. First, we had to get Gift Certificates copied for prospective Raffle Donations for the Fundraiser we are involved in for the Home for Cancer Patients and their families next to the cancer hospital. Then we started at the far end of the Malecon and went to every restaurant we passed. We got 2 restaurants to donate “Dinner For Two” and two restaurants donated $10.00 each to the Home. We have since gotten a “Dinner for Two” from Jim at La Loma restaurant and Jim has bought a ticket to the fundraiser as well. As I had mentioned on the Friday Post, Sonya and Bob have donated, “Dinner for Two” at the Walkabout Restaurant. We made a gift basket for the raffle, too.

We have found that so many people are busy helping others or wanting to join us at the Cancer Home, after sending out an email to all the expats. Just some of the volunteers I have heard about are: Marlene worked at a school in Portoviejo to teach English and now she is writing curriculum and assessments for English, Jim, Lisa, Joy and Leo are volunteering to help teach English in a school in Arenalas, Jane, Michael, Leo and I have been working at and for the Cancer Home and many more have expressed interest volunteering at the Cancer Home as well. Jill and Sy want to have a cancer patient and the family come to spend the day at their house on the beach with dinner included. JoAnn and her neighbors in their condo have gotten together to buy toys for the school children in Crucita for their Christmas Party next week. Tomorrow, Jane, Michael, Leo and I are going to paint a cafeteria at a school for kids in an orphanage.These are just the one I know about. I can imagine there are many more people out there helping, too.

While walking in Crucita, we saw them getting ready for Christmas fiestas.

While walking in Crucita, we saw the streets were getting ready for Christmas fiestas.

A small church.

A small church.

Leo and July, owner of the Restaurante El Delfin.

Leo and Jose, owner of the Restaurante Anita Cristina.

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Restaurant El Dolfin

Joyce, Audrey, Joy, Harold at La Loma

Joyce, Audrey, Joy, Harold at La Loma

Walkabout Restaurant

Walkabout Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments
  1. Hello, I like to read you… that give to me an update. Did you buy the house or rent it ?. If you have more picture of the new town house, can you send it to me. You have some news from the new condos (Crucita del Mar) 1000 ft. south from your house…did they start to built this new project ?… Thanks again for all news.. Have a nice day from your future neighbor….

    • Real. glad the blog helps. We rent this house. The condos at Crucita Del Mar have been somewhat started. They are working on the road into it and the guard house. Condos themselves don’t look started, yet. At Thanksgiving Dinner I met a girl who bought a condo there. She was here in Ecuador volunteering near Quito so she came to see it. I guess a lot of them are already sold. The townhouses here are supposed to be done at the end of Dec., not sure if they will be totally done, but they look very nice. I will try to take a picture for you,soon. They are right behind your property. When these sell, she is going to build 2 more and so on. They are going to build a house between Audrey and Rosemary’s (the one we are in). I have to laugh, because for the longest time I had no idea that that could be a building lot between us. You were smart to get 2 lots. It is such a beautiful spot here and very tranquil. You are going to be so happy next door. It is great being on the beach, Leo swims almost everyday. My favorite parts of this house are the huge patios and covered porches facing the ocean, because I love the outdoors. I am outside if I can be. The breezes here make what might be very hot, enjoyable, but we are just going into summer, so I will keep you posted on how that is. Haven’t used air conditioning yet. The worst part for me is keeping the house clean from the sand that blows in and the screens get black within a week. Also, riding a bus for 1.5 hours to get groceries and then again, back. It is not a deal breaker, but I was spoiled in Playas having the Mall 2 blocks away. Having friends is a high priority for me and I can hardly believe that there could be a better town here for that than Crucita. There have been about 4 expat couples that I know of who have moved to Crucita in the last 3 months and I guess they will keep coming. Although I don’t want this place to be little North America either, because I love the charm of Ecuador. There is no Utopia, but this is great for Leo and me, and I am not one of those who hated the country I came from even with all its problems. Like I said there is no Utopia, but it is fun to experience other cultures and learn from them as well.

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