Friday, January 29, 2016

January 2016 Pictures

Happy New Year!

We began 2016 by watching all the fireworks around Cuenca.  What a fabulous show!

Cuenca then celebrated Day of the Innocents, a time for satire and Halloween type masks and costumes.
Vendors at the Square were doing a brisk business.










 



 
We continue to walk the City, always finding more fun things...This photo reminds us of our childhood...

















 
SOLCA (Cancer center) sponsors a bus for cancer info and screening.  One day the bus was parked at the Square with lots of interested citizens.
 
 
 
 
We could use more rain!  Maybe this el Nino will be a drought for us here in the Andes.  We occasionally get sprinkles and high winds and dark clouds, but not enough for the watershed in the Cajas ...yet. 

Fresno trees in bloom.








Fun street art.












 
A dinosaur exhibit.















Fabian had a birthday this month.  Fun party to celebrate.
















 
 
 
A fun peak of construction down a long hallway to an interior courtyard in El Centro.
 
 
Now Carnaval is almost here, more on that next month.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Exploring Near Paute


We are happy that the Uzhupud Hacienda is open again after being closed for several months.  Now under new management.
















We took a walk through the grounds one day. 
Cute kitty!











Still lovely gardens.














 
 
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One afternoon we took a ride on one of the roads headed UP from Paute.  Beautiful scenery and interesting little towns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Always fun to visit those seldom explored roads here in the Andes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

December Walking in Cuenca Part 2

We just happened upon this outdoor photography exhibit in the Square one afternoon.

Old historic photos from the jungle.











You can see the role of the Church...


 
 

Another street scene, headed to the Parade.






















Costumes for sale for the holiday events.







 
 



 
 





River is down again, not much rain.













Masks for sale for New Years dummies.













A manger scene built entirely from recyclables.  At the Cuenca airport.













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Lovely lake on the way to the coast from the GYE airport.
















December Walking in Cuenca, Part 1

These last posts of 2015 will close out our walking adventures around Ecuador for the year.  Looking back, you will see monthly posts of our walks and all the little adventures we have enjoyed.  We have walked in Cuenca, Quito, some small towns, the Coast...never boring or a dull moment for us!

We will continue walking our beautiful Ecuador, so we hope you stay tuned in 2016.

Happy New Year! 

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For our fellow gardeners, here is what blooms in the Cuenca area in December.  We have no snow or extreme seasons at any time of year here, even though there are small variations in the weather. December is the beginning of our Summer in this hemisphere.













More fun street art.
 
 


Christmas decorations are more commercial and lots more choices for purchase than when we first arrived several years ago.  No live Christmas tree farms or lots, all trees are artificial.  Still lots of Christmas music, including Frosty the Snowman in English for the children.









One of our favorite nativity scenes.  Located at the San Francisco market, vendors from Otavalo create the nativity each year.  Interesting and creative folk art, not much to scale, but stunning in the simple beauty.







Most families still celebrate the traditional religious side of Christmas, with nativity scenes in homes and public areas,  big family gatherings over a meal (may now include turkey if they can afford it), Church services, some simple gift-giving (with exceptions, depending on the economy).  Lots of music and fireworks during the Season.

Part 2 is next.