Monday, April 20, 2015

15K Run Sunday

Music! Cranked up LOUD!

 The big race start line was right at Ital Deli on Av Solano.  This event was to be a huge event, with about 10,000 participants!

We watched the set-up and listened to the speakers.  The PA system was a little garbled, but we did catch the basics... 





We probably heard just about every tense of the verb "to run''!  The speakers thanked the sponsors, announced the star runners (from all over the world, not just Ecuador), gave instructions to the runners about the overall course ending at the Stadium nearby.  They pumped up the crowd to get them going.

With the countdown at about 8:30am, phase 1 of the runners took off down Av Solano.  This group was the junior group, about a half block of participants.  Of course, the Chola Cuencana song blared...









Then the sun got hotter and we worried about the runners in all that oppressive heat. The intense sun was so bright.  We almost broke a sweat in all that hot and we weren't even moving!




Then, about 10am, the rest of the runners took off.  A sea of red shirts and even more confetti!



After the runners left the ├írea, the street cleaners and the takedown crew got busy.  Confetti everywhere!  The takedown was so fast that within an hour you'd never know the event and people had even been there.  The music continued to just about the last possible moment before workers packed up the speakers.  Loud but fun!  Great tunes. 







After all that excitement, we decided to have a pasta lunch at a nearby restaurant.  It's a good thing we didn't stretch it out as the rains came in right after we got back.  Torrential rains, with lots of lightening and thunder right over our heads.  We really lucked out, got home just in time. 

Storms like this one seem to happen more this time of year.  We remember a similar show when we first arrived in Cuenca in March timeframe.  Each day it would rain like crazy, almost like clockwork, mid-afternoon.  Today's storm hit about 3pm for more than an hour. 









A fun, action-packed, too hot then stormy Sunday!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Quito, one more time

We love Quito!

So, when our friends had some business to take care of and invited us along, we said yes! 

We had a great time eating, drinking, shopping, walking...fun!











Here are more street pics...

















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fun street art...













 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful roses at our hotel.















You can see we had some outstanding weather.  Not much rain, mostly blue skies.  Of all the visits we've experienced in Quito, we'd say we've lucked out with mostly good weather, in all times of the year.  Usually warmer and clearer than Cuenca! 

Could we live in Quito?  You bet!  Quito is a lot bigger than Cuenca, so more services, better shopping and entertainment.  More international, more diverse.  Probably no more expensive than Cuenca, depending on where you live.  Lots of neighborhoods to choose from...

Maybe someday...



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Walking in March, 2015

It's time to share more walking pictures.

First up, flowers blooming in Paute.













Enormous bottle brush trees in bloom.













 
 

While walking in Paute, we came across the students from a nearby high school,  The kids were getting ready for a parade to honor Don Bosco.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bosco











Back in Cuenca...

Walking along R Crespo, we found a new shop selling pretty Chinese pottery.  Prices and selection looked good.








 
Another new shop on Crespo.

More new-to-us fun street art.
















In Bloom, for our gardening friends.

















 
Run this weekend.













We're looking forward to Holy Week celebrations, beginning with Palm Sunday tomorrow.

Happy Easter!