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!
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!
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.