Thursday, March 3, 2011
2 Years Here and Counting!
We've now lived in Cuenca for 2 years, arriving in Quito March 3, 2009 and then on to Cuenca March 5.
How time flies. Some days we feel like we just arrived, some days it feels like we've lived here forever.
We love all the surprises of this City, we learn something new every day. The longer we are here, the more we realize how little we really know. We've hardly scratched the surface of this fascinating Cuenca and it's still fun learning!
A trip down memory lane...Bob, Rox and Coquita (our family on the Coast) met us at the Cuenca airport on that first day 2 years ago, with all the luggage and huge smiles on our faces! We look so tired, so chubby, but so relieved and happy. We made it!!
Looking back, we can remember all that angst, toil and trouble just getting here. And, then all the angst, worry, grief and frustration just getting settled and used to a living in a foreign land. In some ways, the journey has not been easy, but we are happy we stuck with it and made it work for us. We've made that important adjustment from 'tourist' to 'resident'...no small feat.
We're so grateful we have had the opportunity to travel and move abroad, not everyone can. Every day, we count our blessings we're here, together, in this beautiful Country.
We love Ecuador! We have met some very special friends who have become our family here, our Spanish is better (with a long ways to go!), our health has improved with better diet and exercise and less stress, we delight in each day's sunrise and sunset from our porch...and more. It's a pretty good life!
We now call Cuenca 'home'.
Happy 2 years to us and counting! What a ride!!
Rich took this picture above of the New Cathedral, from about 8 stories up, from the SF Market area. It's a different view of the famous Church, on the side overlooking the flower market. The buildings in front, across the street, are of the cloistered nun compound and their gardens. The 'flower water' that Rich enjoys from the flower market is made from the flowers in these gardens.