Valentine’s Celebration and a bump on the road (to Ecuador)

We stayed the weekend in El Centro (old town) at an ancient and very elegant hotel to celebrate each other. ❤️ We had a nice sized terrace overlooking the city that made us realize….we NEED a terrace!! The weather here is so wonderful (so far) and we want to live outdoors when we can. We had total privacy, so I laid out in my underwear and got a lovely mild sunburn. It felt soooo good. The restaurant, El Jardín, is one of the best in the city. They had a special menu for Valentines and the place was fully booked, but we arrived early along with a few other gringos. The Ecuadorians tend to eat dinner quite late. I have to say that we witnessed some pretty bad manners on the part of a couple of our fellow Americans. Just rude and entitled behavior. Restaurant dining sometimes brings out the worst in some people. But the waiters handled it with equanimity. I wonder what they were saying back in the kitchen!

Two chaise lounges are outside the photo
doesn’t look like it, but there was plenty of sun throughout the day
View from our balcony
More view
and another…..

We walked the streets of El Centro and discovered lots of little shops that were new to us. We also witnessed a gathering of caballeros in a small park. They were getting ready for a parade. They take great pride in their horses here and they were beautiful and spirited!

Tightening the shoe
Love the coat!!!
A very spirited horse!
One more caballero

Now for the bumpy part……We are having trouble accessing our account with Capital One. Our lawyer needs our bank statement that shows both of our social security checks deposited. We are unable to get the statement because Capital One requires a code sent to our phone to verify that we are who we say we are. But….they do not recognize an Ecuadorian number. We have been trying to resolve this for the past couple of weeks with no success. But we’re not giving up! We have two months to resolve this issue before we run out of time. We have ordered a magic jack and phone from the U.S. to be delivered here by a company for a price. We should have it by the first week of March. That device will allow us to have a U.S. phone number and that should solve the problem. But we are also ordering a paper statement delivered to our old address in Washington and our dear friend and former neighbor, Karen, will mail it Federal Express to our Ecuadorian lawyer’s Florida address. Whew! What would we do without you Karen?? And also our new friend Regina who’s phone has been a lifeline for us. We are sooo lucky to have such wonderful friends.

Now I will leave you with just a couple other images from Cuenca.

A very sweet gentleman we met on the street
Street art…it’s all over Cuenca
A different style
Until next time….hasta luego❤️

5 comments

  1. I can see why you love your new home. It is just beautiful-so green and quaint looking. I hope the “ugly Americans” like those you encountered don’t spoil its specialness. (is there such a word?

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  2. We love living your life style vicariously through your journeys Even bumps in the road. Thank you for the photos and stories We love you both

    On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 1:13 PM On the Road Through Ecuador wrote:

    > Sharon posted: ” We stayed the weekend in El Centro (old town) at an > ancient and very elegant hotel to celebrate each other. [image: ❤] We had > a nice sized terrace overlooking the city that made us realize….we NEED a > terrace!! The weather here is so wonderful (so far) and we w” >

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  3. Hello Sharon!
    I just finished catching up on all your postings. Thanks for sharing your adventures, discoveries, challenges, excitement and pure joy in settling into your new home. The beauty, charm and allure of Ecuador come through in the wonderful photos and your accompanying photos. Continue to have the time of your life, embrace it all and keep sharing!
    Fondly Laura

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