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Apr 10, 2020 - Lockdown Cuenca One Month Later

Cuenca has a daily curfew with no one allowed on the streets from 2 PM to 5 AM. Wearing a mask is mandatory when outdoors. The city is a ghost town with few vehicles on the road. Only designated license plate numbers are allowed on various days of the week. My days are filled with reading, knitting, watching Netflix, and concocting meals with all the generous frozen dishes that friends have brought for me. In addition, three days a week physical therapist Angelica Maria Arroyo is here early in the morning to put me through my exercise...

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Apr 3, 2020 - Happy 73rd Birthday

We're still on coronavirus quarantine with a 2 PM curfew in Cuenca. Bruce Nyenhuis, also celebrating his April 3rd birthday, visited today with his wife Sharon. I roped Bruce into helping me with a skein of yarn. Now I can knit while I'm housebound. This has been a mild, not wild 73rd birthday. Birthday Limerick: Regina's birthday was spent in quarantine. To celebrate she wasn't too keen. When asked what she wanted, She answered, "No comment, Or anything but Covid-19."

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Mar 25, 2020 - Progress Report

I'm well taken care of as I recuperate. Friends spend the night and make sure I can get to the facilities on my walker. An old cow bell from my mother's farm in Southern Indiana has come in handy. If no one wakes up when I call them in the night, I just ring that bell. With the lockdown and curfew during the corona virus pandemic, I'm content to be housebound with books and visitors to keep me company. Spoiler Alert: graphic photos

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Mar 10, 2020 - Here We Go Again Left Hip Replacement

I went to see my orthopedist Dr. Santiago Romo a while ago for a 6-month checkup. My right hip has healed well but the doctor saw a suspicious line in the socket of the left hip. A CT scan showed that the socket was fractured. This of course led to scheduling surgery to repair the fracture and replace the left prosthesis which is over 12 years old. Today is the day. I'm back in the same hospital room at Clinica de Fracturas. An acetabular fracture is a break in the socket portion of the "ball-and-socket" hip joint. These hip socket...

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Feb 25, 2020 - Carnaval at Common Grounds

I started the day before Ash Wednesday with a visit to CEDAP Museum for the Carnaval exhibit. There were masks and costumes representing Mardi Gras traditions in Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. The holiday seems to be celebrated in similar ways in each country. Fat Tuesday marks the last day before the solemn lenten season begins in anticipation of Easter 40 days later. The Oldies But Goodies Dance this month was held at Common Grounds Restaurant to celebrate Fat Tuesday. We used whatever costumes we could put together along with Mardi Gras...

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Feb 15, 2020 - Valentine's Day Benefit

Tonight was the annual fundraiser for Frank Angelo, the son of our favorite waiter Frank Gonzalez. We have been raising money for the last couple of years to ensure that Frank Angelo gets the best medical treatment available. Tonight's dance performance by TRUPE from the University of Cuenca entertained a large crowd and introduced my young friends Franchesca and Fiorella to modern dance. It was a very contempoary show to be sure.

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Feb 14, 2020 - Cuenca Dining Club

Every month Janet Engelhard and Stephen Reiss host a tasting event with a different menu. Tonight Stephen prepared food from Suriname. Along with sparkling cava, we enjoyed a different cuisine and met new friends. www.wikitravel.org: Suriname, formerly the colony of Dutch Guiana, is a country in northern South America. It has a North Atlantic Ocean coastline in the north and is surrounded by French Guiana to the east, Brazil to the south and Guyana to the west. It is the smallest independent country on the South American continent. The...

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Feb 9, 2020 - Ace of Hearts Magic by Juan Estrella

I invited Fiorella and Franchesca to a magic show to benefit Hearts of Gold, a local charity. Juan Estrella, a very capable magician, amazed us with tricks using ropes, cards, and undetectable feats of sleight of hand. Hearts of Gold partners with small nonprofit organizations and their community leaders in the Azuay province of Ecuador that serve marginalized populations. The organization states that their mission is to strengthen the capacity of community organizations through education, mentorship, and mobilization. We support, inspire,...

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Feb 2, 2020 - Setsubun and SuperBowl

Besides being Super Bowl Sunday, Kirk Hyde had his 2nd annual Setsubun party. This is a Japanese holiday marking the beginning of spring. This year he included our two young friends Fiorella and Franchesca Baque in the festivities. They are always curious to learn about new things. Kirk has taught them to eat sushi and use chopsticks. Kirk served the traditional rolls that are eaten in a special order while facing a specified direction to drive out evil spirits. It's also a custom to have a bean throwing ceremony, throwing beans out the...

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Nov 12, 2019 - Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca

Rode 3 1/2 hours in a van 'bus' from Guayquil to Cuenca. Not many views as the day was overcast and we were soon ascending into the clouds. The road (route 582) summits at 4,161masl / 13,651fasl. There is a monument dedicated to the many 16th & 17th century travellers who died from altitude sickness along this mountain route. After the summit we descend thru winding switchbacks into green valleys sided by high rocky mountain peaks and enter into Cuenca. Stayed the first three nights in a nice hotel 2 blocks from the city center Parque...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Painting Demonstration

In under two hours, Daniel Williams gave a demonstration of his painting skills this morning at Idiomart. The artist is from Augusta, Georgia, and describes himself as a lifelong learner. He will give a class called 'Drawing the Head' later this month. idiomArt was voted Best Creative Center in Cuenca 2018 Presidente Córdova #1-77 Cuenca, Ecuador www.underthedomes.org/idiomart studio@idiomart.net

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Aug 29, 2019 - Deja Vu

Today marks 43 days since I came to Clinica de Fracturas for hip replacement surgery. Now I'm back here to spend the day with my friend Pat Dorsett while she has arthroscopic hip surgery. Pat was wheeled away at 9 AM and returned, groggy and confused, at 1 PM. Her surgery was a success and she'll be sent home on crutches tomorrow. I never thought I'd be visiting this facility again so soon.

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