Sunday, December 27, 2015

December Walking in Cuenca, Part 1

These last posts of 2015 will close out our walking adventures around Ecuador for the year.  Looking back, you will see monthly posts of our walks and all the little adventures we have enjoyed.  We have walked in Cuenca, Quito, some small towns, the Coast...never boring or a dull moment for us!

We will continue walking our beautiful Ecuador, so we hope you stay tuned in 2016.

Happy New Year! 

For our fellow gardeners, here is what blooms in the Cuenca area in December.  We have no snow or extreme seasons at any time of year here, even though there are small variations in the weather. December is the beginning of our Summer in this hemisphere.

More fun street art.

Christmas decorations are more commercial and lots more choices for purchase than when we first arrived several years ago.  No live Christmas tree farms or lots, all trees are artificial.  Still lots of Christmas music, including Frosty the Snowman in English for the children.

One of our favorite nativity scenes.  Located at the San Francisco market, vendors from Otavalo create the nativity each year.  Interesting and creative folk art, not much to scale, but stunning in the simple beauty.

Most families still celebrate the traditional religious side of Christmas, with nativity scenes in homes and public areas,  big family gatherings over a meal (may now include turkey if they can afford it), Church services, some simple gift-giving (with exceptions, depending on the economy).  Lots of music and fireworks during the Season.

Part 2 is next.

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