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Cuenca is fast becoming a city known for its diverse restaurants.  El Meson Español  is a Spanish Restaurant located on Benigno Malo and Juan Jarimillo. The restaurant features Spanish Food from Barcelona.  Last week, Dani one of the owners booked a superb Flamenco Dancing Group from Guayaquil. They were marvelous and the food was fantastic.

Every seat in the  restaurant was taken. Besides the great dancers there was a terrific band entertaining between the Dancers. Definitely put El Meson Español on your must see list of restaurants.

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Every Dec.24th Cuenca hosts the giant parade of the children. It’s estimated that over 100,000 people participate in the parade. Cars, trucks, vans and pedestrians line up before dawn to parade almost 2 miles to the Central Park in Cuenca. Cuencanos are usually a little camera shy but on this day everyone poses. There’s almost as many vendors as there are participants. This is our third parade since moving down from Oregon and today the temperature hit 80 degrees which is hot for Cuenca. Enjoy the photos and video.

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Last night Sharon and I had the good fortune of attending the first show of Gary Myers, a resident of Cuenca and former Art Teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The art was superb and Gary exhibited 40 pieces.

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Dos Gatitos

I have to admit I was apprehensive having two kitties in Ecuador. They provide lots of entertainment and there is never a dull moment in the house.

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Yowza would be not strong enough to describe the “Parade of The Children” on Christmas Eve in Cuenca.  The floats and marchers line up about 5:30 to get a good spot and then march almost 2 miles to Parque Calderon. This year Sharon and I watched the parade at the Moca Cafe on Gran Colombia. What amazed me besides the unique handmade costumes and floats was the patience of the children.  Fantastic family event in Cuenca.

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The Cuenca Chamber Of Commerce celebrates Expat Day each year in November.  This was the second annual celebration and the outside venue was a better choice for the dancers. The talent of the dancers is evident on this short video below.

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Today, I was treated to a great Colombian guitarist at the Windhorse Cafe.  Diego Jimenez serenaded us as we ate our lunch. Borscht and Spanish music in Cuenca.  La Vida es buena.

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