Archive for January, 2013

Una Yapa

Once or twice a week I travel to the Mercado Diez de Agosto on Calle Larga. For over a year I shop exclusively at a fruit stand owned by Gladys.  She speaks no English and often mixes her sentences with Kichwa, a language spoken mostly by indigenous people.  I always buy papayas and strawberries and let her talk me into some of  her other wares. I usually end up with some avocados or oranges.  I prefer the Chilean navel oranges.  In season they are usually 5 for $1.

Today, the oranges were 3 for a $1 and I told her carisimo which is Spanish for expensive. Her reply was “seise para dos dolores y una yapa.  A “yapa” is Kichwa for a gift or something like a “bakers dozen”.  In any case I got my seventh orange and Gladys made the sale. That’s Gladys taking the fruit off the scale.

Gladys y yapa

mercado fruit

The total cost for the 7 navel oranges, 3 papayas and a pound of strawberries was $4

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Dos Gatitos

Full disclosure.  Up until these two kitties I was not a fan of cats.  Maybe its because I had dogs or maybe my life was too hectic in the U.S.  In any case let me say publicly that I’m crazy about these two darling kitties. Sharon, my wife rescued these two. Saffron is a 9 week old male and Curry is a 4 week old female. Both are orange kitties and both are adorable.  Adorable kitty!. Isn’t that redundant.



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Three very brave young ladies were demonstrating their gymnastics skill at the Broken Bridge in Cuenca today.  Notice no net

air dancing

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Generally speaking I don’t like cats. Sharon, my wife is a cat and dog person. She just lost her 17 year old calico and on the 16th she rescued an Orange Kitty in Cuenca who lost his mother in a car accident. It took 3 days before Saffron trusted us but I surely enjoy playing with this new kitty.


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You are very likely to see a parade.  Today, I saw one on Luis Cordero and then 20 minutes later the parade was crossing Loja y 12 de Abril. The beginning of the video are some street scenes near the Tomebamba River.

Screenshot 1:6:13 2:57 PM

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Today was a very light traffic day and not as many subjects out on the street. But the highlight were the two pictures below. Obviously no OSHA in Ecuador.



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Found some more great pictures on that old hard drive. I spent 14 years as a teacher in the Brentwood Public Schools and taught some of the best students in the world.

Loretta Pk1

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