We had just about enough time to get ready for the next party once we got home after leaving Portoviejo. Glen picked us up to take us to his and Marcia’s house for dinner. In the car he had someone there that we had not met, Herb. Glen had met Herb on the beach when Glen was walking his 3 dogs. They both are dog lovers and struck up a conversation and Glen invited Herb to dinner, too. That’s how it goes here, always room for one more. Herb had only been here a few days at that point, so I know he was happy to have someone to spend Christmas Dinner with. Herb was from a lot of different places, Germany, Alaska, Ukraine to name a few. He was a Green Beret as well in the 60’s. At the party there was Frank, relatively new here, and a guy who owns the hotel, Gringo on the Beach in San Lorenzo and a couple who were staying at that hotel who were from Arizona. The latter 3 people were younger than the average gringo you see here, since most of us are retirees. It was an interesting mix of people and we enjoyed them very much.
Marcia and Glen had owned a restaurant at one time and it showed in the dinner that was served. It was a 5 Star dinner. We had prime rib, which is not easy to get. You can only get it at a specialty meat market in Manta. I hardly ever eat beef here, because it is tough. Others have said it is because most Ecuadorians do not know how to butcher meat, so it is not cut right. This meat was out of this world. We had salad, vegetable platter, mashed potatoes, carrots, fudge, cheesecake and apple crisp and coffee. There were some Ecuadorians on their balcony across from us playing English music, so we stood on Marcia’s balcony and danced, too, to their music. They were laughing and having fun with us. We sat around and continued to talk until about 9:00 and Glen gave us a ride home. We had a great time. Thanks, Glen and Marcia for helping make our first Christmas Day away from “home” so enjoyable.