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May 11, 2019 - Trebol Ecuador Roses Direct Tour

Just 45 minutes north of Cuenca, Azogues and Biblian, we were treated to an opportunity to learn more about roses by Trebol Ecuador Direct Roses at 9900 feet above sea level. The half-day tour included seeing how 25 varieties of roses are grown in 18 huge greenhouses and how the flowers are processed for shipping/export all over the world, including Russia and China, and miraculously arrive fresh in 8 days or less. Trebol is a family business set on 180 acres with 150 employees. We were served a delicious lunch of locally-sourced...

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May 4, 2019 - Derby Day 2019

First Annual Derby Day Party at Idiomart with over 100 guests in attendance. Some wore beautiful hats and many bet on the race. Frank Herndon was in charge of the betting window. It was a beautiful day for the garden party at Idiomart if rainy and muddy at Churchill Downs. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but there was an objection on the field and the horse in second place, Country House, was declared the winner. Maximum Security is the first horse to be disqualified in the history of the Derby. The objectors claimed Maximum...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Parades and Museums

Today we found out by accident that there was a parade celebrating the founding of the city. So we had to line up too. We were a block from the plaza de Catedral de la Immaculada Concepcion. At approximately 10.15 the first band came into view. We learned that all the schools in Cuenca....many private...were in the parade. There were bands, dancers, floats, hurdlers who hurdled 5 hurdles, basketball players spinning basketballs, and BMX bikers jumping up to 3 hurdles and soccer players kicking the ball and keeping it in the air....and...

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Apr 10, 2019 - Cuenca

Today we took the "hop on-hop off" bus around Cuenca only to find out it is NOT a hop on hop off bus--in the traditional sense. Here you are expected to stay on the bus unless it waits for you. We hopped off at the first stop to go through the Pumapunga Museo and were refused entry on the next red bus....but the yellow bus let us..and 5 others on. And when it came time to switch to the norte line we had to pay again and wait 4 hours. The Norte line made 2 stops. The Pumapunga Museo was a small well set up museum that showed and explained...

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Apr 9, 2019 - Nariz de Diablo

We started our day by walking to the train station far too early. We found a small bakery across the street and ordered an American breakfast. After we watched as the station opened at 7a and then went over to await departure. We found ourselves with what seemed to be the best seats...in the first seats facing the direction we were going on the scenic side of the train...both ways. A young Norwegian couple sat opposite us....he a structural engineer and she a highschool teacher. At 8a sharp the whistle blew and the train chugged forward....

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Apr 3, 2019 - 72? How Is That Possible?

I celebrated my birthday at La Caleta Restaurant this year with Jennie Cullen. The menu at this unique little restaurant was inventive and the service was very attentive. Diego Gutierrez is a gifted chef. How did 72 years sneak up on me? LA CALETA Estevez Toral #8-17 Cuenca, Ecuador www.lacaletaecuador.com Reservations suggested

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Mar 29, 2019 - SYLVIA Opening Night

Azuay Community Theatre Presents Sylvia By A.R. Gurney Directed by Tony Harding March 29, 30, 31 and April 6, 7 2019 Greg brings home a dog he found in the park and soon Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife Kate. How will they compromise? Sylvia is played by Rachel de Salvo Lighting by Regina azuaycommunitytheater@gmail.com www.underthedomes.org

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Mar 26, 2019 - Day 32

A taxi took me to the main bus terminal of Cuenca. It is a huge place like the large train station in Europe or airport in the US and there are lots of policeman and security guards. I had to ask 3 security guards where the office is for the bus I am taking. Finally, I got on the right bus. It took off at 8:00am. On the way it stopped for a few places to let people on. There were a few tourists among mostly local residents. After it got out of the city, it accelerated to about 45 miles/hour. The scenery changed from city to rural to forests...

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Mar 25, 2019 - Day 31

Got up early at 6:00am because I wanted to visit the Parque de Paraise for some early birding per ebird record. Miraym served breakfast at 6:30am upon my request and called a taxi for me. By 7:20am I arrived the large park. There were a few runners and some group exercise people just like in China. Cuenca is a very safe city. I felt not nervous to take the large lens out of backpack anywhere. I followed my ears to choose which way to go. Soon, I saw a Band-tailed Pigeon perched on top of a tall tree. A Golden-bellied Grosbeak joined him...

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Mar 24, 2019 - Day 30

When I went to the kitchen for breakfast, Sophia was all dressed up with a skirt and high heeled shoes. She said it is the voting day for the major and she will go voting after dropping me at the airport. Her husband is the campaign manager for the Quito current major. After it is over, he may not have a job. She does not like him to be home all day. The TAME airplane took off on time. After one hour I arrived Cuenca. A taxi took me to my Airbnb house for only $3. My new host Miraym greeted me at the gate. She is a 40 something short woman...

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Mar 5, 2019 - Carnaval 2019

The day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent is called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but it is celebrated as Carnaval in Ecuador. There's been a week of being sprayed with silly foam and water from squirt guns and a couple of raucous parades. Today there was a party at Santa Canela Hotel with many of the guests in costume with masks and beads. As always, a festive afternoon.

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Feb 2, 2019 - Setsubun Party Welcomes Spring

Kirk Hyde, who spent many years living in Japan, invited us to a Setsubun party. This holiday is held in February to welcome the spring season in Japan. Kirk served the traditional rolls that are eaten in a special order and facing a specified direction to drive out evil spirits. It's also a custom to have a bean throwing ceremony, throwing beans out the door to cleanse the house of demons and then beans are tossed in the door to invite good luck for the new season. There were devil masks involved and also the men had to dress like women...

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