Carnaval is a big thing in most towns of Ecuador. People hear love to party and what better place to party. If you live near the action, this may be a good time to bring out those ear plugs you should have brought. The people party until morning each night. One of the fun things they do here is they sell colored spray foam. We were warned to buy a case of it.
We were invited to watch the parade from Joy and Harold’s condo, because it is right on the Malecon on the parade route. We had all intentions of going, but I got a stomach virus or something and decided I’d better stay close to home. Joy said the parade was not as big this year. Usually more people have floats and bands etc., but this year they had only 3 or 4 with all the local beauties waving to the crowds. Next to Joy’s condo was an area cleared off (vacant lot) of the bands. This area you had to pay to go in. Joy was as close to the bands as she needed to be.
On Saturday night we were supposed to go to Linda and Fred’s to a party. Again they are front row center on the Malecon, so they have a perfect place to get rid of those cases of colored foam from their balcony to unsuspecting passersby. Again we missed that, too. I was very disappointed, because I love to be in the middle of the action.
Olayita and Colon called and asked if the family could come to our beach house on Sunday. We said sure. They brought all the food and we supplied the beers. They made a BBQ. It was delicious. Everyone enjoyed the beach. Four people played cards all day. The young families played on the beach with their kids. The older ones sat around and talked as the younger ones came and went. It was a nice day. Of course the little kids brought their colored foam. Since we had some here, we brought it out and Leo had fun letting the kids squirt him and of course he squirted them. This day was so muggy and hot and no breeze. It was the most uncomfortable day I have had weather-wise so far. At the end of the day, Olayita asked if they could come back on Monday for the day and we said yes. Again, they brought the food and we supplied the beers. It was a repeat of the previous day. The weather was sunny, but there was a breeze, so it made the day very comfortable.
One interesting thing that Christian, Olayita’s son, did was make a table and 8 chairs out of the sand. He made them by digging down. It was very cool. He said it took 2 hours to make.