Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bob, Rox and Coquita Visit Cuenca

We had a whirlwind, busy and very productive week with our family from the coast... 
Bob and Rox and Rocket Girl Coquita! 

We shopped, we ate, we visited with friends.  We cooked, we got those errands done, like hair appointments and dental visits.  We even managed to get some business done. Wow, all kinds of stuff done on the lists and checked off.  And, of course, you know us...we chatted and chatted and chatted!  Tried to solve all the world's problems, too.  (Now, if only the world leaders would listen to us!)

Bob and Rox updated their blog as the week went by.  In case you missed it, go to their blog (click on their link on the left side of this page).

Here's our medley of fun pics of the week, kind of a summary of fun!

Pics from a very fun dinnner party at Chuck and Nancy's. 
Always a special treat.  Dinner and company are always fabulous!

The garden is so pretty.

Dinner, yum! 

More garden pics...there's always something new to admire in Chuck's garden.

Coquita has a brand new doggie bed!  She loves her new warm hut.  Coquita seems to adjust to the higher altitude of Cuenca just fine when she's here visiting, but we're sure she misses the warm sand of the beach and her buddies Agrapina and Isidro.

This is a pic of Nancy, Coquita, Barbara and Rox at a dinner party of beef stroganoff and more fun.

Last visit, we shared Tiestos and the Kookaburra Cafe with Bob and Rox.  This visit, we shared breakfast at the California Kitchen...always fun to visit new places (as well as our old favorite restaurants, like The Terrace).  Bob mentioned that breakfast at the CA Kitchen was the best breakfast he's had in all of his 3 years in Ecuador!  That "DayEnder" menu, which includes a sample of everything, IS the best!  As the guys say:  Too much food is just enough.  And, meeting the ever-gracious and friendly Evans family, the owners/managers/cooks at the CA Kitchen, was definitely a fun highlight of their visit. 

One evening, we saw (and heard!) a neighborhood party right below our porch.  This is supposed to be a pic of the fireworks... You can kind of see the tops of the tents in the garden below us.  The fireworks were so close, we could look right into them from our porch (we're 10 stories up)..  Loud, but pretty!

Bob and Rox just about 'shopped til they dropped' for the upcoming Kid's Christmas Party at the coast, with lots more shopping to do!

This trip there was so much stuff, the guys had to tie some of it down on the roof of the car as they were headed out on Sunday.

Here's a pic of Bob, double-checking he had the right keys for the road...

Chuck and Nancy joined us for the send-off.   Bob and Rox  were all dressed for the beach and ready for some warm sunshine...as Bob says:  'shorts are a state of mind'! But, you can see they have warm sweaters and jackets on, too, for the chilly Cuenca morning and the drive over the Andes.

As Bob, Rox and Coquita left for home, we 4 (us with Chuck and Nancy), continued the trek to town for the Sunday walk.
This statue is located in the traffic circle nearby (the one near our apt that will be torn up soon for the overpass).  That's Simon Bolivar, a very important figure in Ecuadorian history.
Chuck was the brave one who took this pic...the rest of us 'just ran' across the lanes of traffic to safety!

One of the main streets through Cuenca is named after Bolivar, too.  This next street scene is  the finished picture of Av. Simon Bolivar.  You can see cars on the road, which means it's now open to traffic.  Finally!
We've been watching the construction progress for several weeks and this Sunday we were able to walk right down the new sidewalks...they workers did a fine job.

This picture is from an earlier walk through the main square.  You can see there are more than the stuffed horses now for picture opportunities.  These cute sisters had a great time posing for pictures. 
Another fun week in Cuenca! 

Bob, Rox and Rocket Girl will be back in Cuenca in November for the last shopping trip for the Kids Party.  We're looking forward to their return. 
Their visits are always fun, always wild and crazy! and we really enjoy that little touch of family.  

We're counting the days...

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