One fairly new expat mentioned she didn't want to do the 'touristy stuff' like many gringos do...now, that's sad. We think she's missing out on so many fun adventures here!
(This is a fairly unusual picture...we spotted these US flags flying downtown one day. You can see an Ecuadorian flag, too, much more common!, on the left hand side.)
Some bloggers have mentioned how small the world really is...they have met folks from their old hometown here. Many Ecuadorians have ties to the US, too, either they have spent time there or family and friends have. Some say that New York or Chicago is the 4th largest city of Ecuador!
One evening, we attended an event with Ecuadorians and Gringos and the symphony members played both 'Chola Cuencana' and 'New York, New York'...a nice inclusive, familiar touch. Everyone hooted and cheered together for both tunes.
Yep, small world. It's an amusing experience when we are in the middle of no-darn-where and we hear a little Willie Nelson or Michael Jackson or the Beatles on the radio or on the streets. Music can be the great equalizer around the globe. It's always fun to find the 'common ground' and the familiar...whether it's through music or values, history or food. We delight in learning about the unfamiliar, too.
Looking back...we guess we were 'tourists' when we lived in San Francisco, as well. There was a blend of travelers and residents in most places there. We commuted to work on the cable cars and the ferries, attended museum openings and concerts, walked through Chinatown for produce, drank good espresso in North Beach and tried to sing along with the jukebox's Italian operas, right along with the visitors and natives, both. We marveled at the fog rolling in at the Golden Gate Bridge and we sat outside, shivering at Fisherman's Wharf with Irish coffees and clam chowder, right along with the tourists.
In Oregon, we loved to watch the class 5 white water rafting adventures of both visitors and residents on the Mighty Rogue River. We enjoyed the County Fairs, hometown parades and the other fun events targeted for tourists as much as the visitors did.