We're delighted to share another snapshot of life by gifted writer and friend, Magdalena. You will enjoy this one as much as the other snapshots (do a search on this blog for previous publications and her bio).
We'll share more from Magdalena later.
Magdalena Herreshoff 16/05/2012
Winds in the Willows
It all started with mother’s day, a fine lunch at the Hosteria Uzhupud turned into NO electricity, NO internet and too early to bed. My eyes and mind gave out; all of a sudden I felt old all over; I itched from mosquito bites and noseeums, who haunted me with welts on my ankles. I scratched them wildly never giving up, raw, and bleeding until he yelled: STOP!
It was the next day I called the Luz people to explain we could not do this again: Another night of no light. They sent out a crew after lunch. Two men on a loud motorcycle, the older one in front, the younger one on top of metal climbing equipment - I could imagine what his ass felt like flying over Uzhupud potholes - he stopped the rattling motorcycle right smack in front of me in the middle of the dirt road waiting, arms crossed.
“No luz” I threw up my arms. He gave me a torrent of words I did not understand, and asked “ ¿De dónde es usted?” “ Washington,” I said. When the machete hit sharply against the first willow branch, the older hombre had taken over, carefully saying “Washington”, “Washington” as he whacked his way up the tree doing his best to impress the gringa below; the younger hombre yelled “eso”, “si”, “no”, “si eso”.
It was all over for old willow limbs stroking silver wires into the wind, weeping the scents of mandarinas, black walnut, sweet jasmine and bamboo gone wild. The luz came on, however there was no luz for me, not until the 3 inch black moth, wings spread, lit into my house. He moved inch by inch along the wall, like a magician’s black cape never stuttering. My eyes, focused all night on his black wings,
made me nervous like the winds in the willows stroking something out there in
the dark night.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Lots of folks with jobs and working hard. We check on all the fast progress on our various walks around town.
The last one on this poster is 'veredas' (sidewalks!). There are about 19km of sidewalks being repaired in Cuenca's historic area. Good news for us walkers!
This Park is also a popular one for joggers and others. The planned upgrades will be nice for all.
We are including several of the construction signs. Most of the signs include the project scope and the budget figures. Lots of $ allocated to improve the City.
(You may have to enlarge the pics to see the details.)
These are some favorites by local artists.
You might need to enlarge this one to see the US flag...
There is a military guard stationed at this art display. Perhaps to protect it from the taggers, a good thing.
This one has pictures of the Pope surrounding it.
Picture looking at some of the construction on 3 Nov. (Av. 3 de Noviembre is the road/path that runs along the other side of the river, runs parallel to 12 de Abril.)
New street art at this construction site.
So much construction, old and new, around our Cuenca!
Here is a progress pic of a new apt building, River View, in our neighborhood.
The City's light rail system project is scheduled to begin before the year is over, too.
So many changes in Cuenca in just the last couple years, just makes your head spin.
A peaceful place in the midst of all the noisy construction.
PS -- It's a national holiday this 3 day weekend, beginning Friday. Ecuador is celebrating the Battle of Pichincha, May 24, 1822. Officals have moved the holiday to Friday the 25th this year, a day later, so families can enjoy the long weekend.
If you're in Cuenca, you may see military parades. We're hoping to see them tomorrow and through this weekend. Also, a National Holiday here means banks and most stores and services will be closed.
Happy weekend! Viva Ecuador!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Walking on early Sundays usually means less traffic, less noise, less pollution and less hot or rainy weather.
You can see the long shadows. It was about 9am when we walked this street.
We found room on a bench to sit and watch.
This vendor is selling ice cream out of a cooler. Always a good day for an ice cream treat!
Love the sun glasses!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Repeating Patterns" was one of our walking themes. All of these pictures were taken here in Cuenca.
Some repeating patterns are simple, some fancy and detailed.
There's a repeating patttern here also, in this window display.
Happy Mom's Day and Happy Weekend!