As of last Tuesday, the 17th of March, we are asked to stay in our homes as much as possible. Schools and restaurants are closed and all businesses except for grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. There is a night time curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Vehicles are allowed every other day depending on license plate number, however there are few cars on the road. No buses and only taxis allowed. The bright side is much cleaner air along the main streets and hardly any traffic noise! We are allowed to walk to the grocery store or pharmacy, which we do, and Bruce and I also walk along the river, just a half block away, a couple of times a day. The weather has been absolutely beautiful!
Just before the quarantine, I was able to attend a cooking class with a French chef. He entertained us for a few hours while demonstrating his cooking skills and preparing a very fine lunch for all of the attendees. We ate corvina and shrimp in a pastry puff with pink peppercorn butter sauce and puréed butternut squash. For desert he made shortbread topped with mixed fruit ( mora berry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry ) and a dollop of whipped cream. All this for fifteen dollars!
Bruce and I also attended a luncheon honoring St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, the 15th. This was at a beautiful private home with some of Cuenca’s prominent citizens as fellow guests. The hostess offers these themed dinners once a month and I’m so glad we decided to try one. We had a lovely time meeting some very kind, interesting and entertaining people and enjoying an Irish meal prepared by a talented chef. She also offers cooking classes and I signed up for one at the end of the month. It is almost certain to be cancelled🙁
Like most people everywhere we are saddened by our new reality, but trying to make the most of each day with as much positivity as we can muster. We consider ourselves to be very lucky that we are still healthy and able to enjoy a walk in the sunshine and commune with friends via the internet. Thank goodness for the internet!!! We also have lots of time to read and have long phone conversations. Our travel plans will have to wait.
Life is like this now. Be kind to each other. Help when you can and remember we are all in this together. Find the good things to enjoy every day and stay safe.