Saturday, October 29, 2011

San Sabastian to the Square and a Parade

Back to sharing pictures.

We walk this path often from San Sabastian to the Square.  San Sabastian plaza is where the Museum of Modern Art is located.  It's also where the San Sabastian Church is, along with the 'Humiliation Cross' from the old days.

We are stunned (and pleased!) by the speed and size of the roadwork project in this area.  Real progress each day.

One day the road is all torn up, the next day that chunk of work is done and the crew has moved to another area.

Walking toward the Square...

An artful collection of license plates on a fence.  (We're assuming it's 'art', only because we don't know if there is another purpose in the display.)

We got a feeling that 'something' was happening when we spotted these balloons outside the New Cathedral. 

We followed the balloon ladies to the Square.

We found the staging area for a parade! 

Here are some pics of the participants and the crowd.  Lots of school kids. 

You can also see the buses for their transportation and musical instruments.

This is the only sign we could find in the crowd besides school signs with the students.

(Translation = 'A way towards the freedom, because now we are part of the society.'  With reference that the VP supports its work.  We think it's related to Ecuador's VP's program in support of the disabled.)

You can see the big silver-colored drum.  This drummer was busy practicing, right along with all the other
musicians.  It was loud, chaotic and pretty much fun to watch.  But, our ears will probably never be the same. 
It was LOUD!

You can see more balloons along the parade route.

Hanging out, getting ready.

This day we ended up at the California Kitchen for lunch with friends.  What a gorgeous flower display!

Here's an update on the Edificio Amazonas, right across the street from our apt.

The construction barricade has been removed so now we can really see the progress.  Nice!

When we got home, we heard alot of singing children and looked down from our porch.  A neighborhood Halloween party was in full swing. 

Lots of princesses!

These are the times we wished we had one of those fancy cameras to really get a good, clear, close-up shot.  The children were adorable!

Another eye-popping, heart-stopping sunset!

Stay tuned for more pics later.  We'll be out and about attending several of the festivities this weekend and throughout next week. 
We're excited!!  Viva Cuenca!!!


  1. I simply love your photos, they are truly wonderful...I admire the colors and the peoples obvious enjoyment..... I do have a seems that most of the parades are staged by young they not have parades where the young men can strut around having fun too?

  2. Yes, boy students also participate in the parades. When we happened upon this staging area, we saw mostly the girls. But, we didn't see the parade in progress, nor the other feeding streets.
    Parade participation is usually equal, both girls and boys.
    Thanks for the nice words on the blog.