I encouraged her to continue studying and practicing her Spanish because it is going to make life so much richer and more interesting for her here if she can come with the ability to communicate with the Ecuadorians. I am thankful for my ability to understand the language and to be able to communicate with the people while living here, and I would find it very frustrating and isolating if I didn't know Spanish. Sandy took a week worth of Spanish immersion at the Simon Bolivar Spanish School, and she said she loved it and it was helpful for her. I think she's serious about coming back to live here someday!
We will continue to stay in touch, and we hope to get together with Sandy one more time before she heads home on January 3rd. For now, she is loving visiting and exploring her possible future home and making new friends. We're glad we had the opportunity to spend time with our new friend!
|Sandy came to visit us at our apartment. She is staying at a hotel only a few blocks from us in El Centro. The location is great because she can go right out her door and be in the bustle of this alive and beautiful city.|
|We then visited the meat section downstairs. It's not like a butcher shop in the States, that's for sure! Now what do you do with a cow hoof or a cow or pig head? That will be one of my questions next time I visit.....|
|A Christmas Nativity display at the main floor of the market is honored with a tray of lit candles in front. The Ecuadorian community is getting ready for their New Year celebration which will be another grand party in the streets of Cuenca.|
|After our time at el mercardo, Sandy is now ready to go get a cell phone, and then we are off to tour the city on a double-decker bus!|
|It was interesting seeing the city from a two-story bus - being out in the open and taking photos of the old and beautiful rooftops and balconies.|
|The tour bus goes all the way up to Turi (a town and parish in Cuenca). It is perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful city.|
|Anthony will be returning to Corvallis, Oregon after the New Year. Perhaps we will meet again!|
|The bus returned us to Parque De Calderon, and we bid farewell to Sandy and another beautiful day in Cuenca. We hope to see her one more time before she returns to her Florida life.|