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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Feels so good to get all unpacked, do laundry and cook our own breakfast again.  After that we went downtown to pick up a few things and stroll around.  Forgot how alive and well downtown Cuenca is, saw no chain stores. There are street venders everywhere selling healthy fresh fruits, vegetables and gorgeous flowers, not just at the Mercados, or the other various permanent fruit stands.

We stumbled across some Americans from Florida who just moved here a week ago.  They gave us the name of a doctor who they stumbled upon and speaks English.  He was in his office one day after hours when they showed up.  He saw them, including their son who is visiting.  Gave them each an examine and charged them a total of $25.00.  They liked him. Dr. Pablo Parra, 2885595 (ext 2511), (when dialing from a cell phone you must put an 07 before the telephone #) hours are 10:00 to 1:00p and 5:00 to 7:00p.  He is located in Monte Sinai Hospital.

We came across this cute little restaurant so we decided to try it, called La Cofradia del Monje Started out with the popular Aji sauce they make here along with a plate of large corn kernels, a glass of fresh lemonada, (no mix), a large bowl of potato soup (very good), main course consisting of a thin meat, rice, small tomato & onion salad, two potato patties, and a small piece of cake, for $2.00 each. It was quite a bit of food. The place was filled with locals, and there was no menu, just the daily special.  Many eat out here, as eating out is cheaper than buying food to cook it seems!  And before I forget to mention it, much of the milk here comes in a bag when you buy it at the regular supermarkets.

Stopped in to look around another very large store, called Super Stock that had almost everything, more pricey.  Saw some gorgeous red cookware I've never seen before.  One pot was $245.00. It was almost right across the street from the Coral Hipermercados on the Avenue of the Americas.  The personnel are very cordial in Super Stock. They have a good selection of wine.

We are doing a lot of walking, so my feet are just throbbing.   Don't think I'll be needing to rejoin the Curves here, although we did find it.

There are several small stores (Tiendas) in our neighborhood attached to homes, which is nice to have in case we need something quick.  Fred just ran down to one to grab something.  This apartment is in a very peaceful, laid back part of Cuenca.  I also love this large kitchen window which just looks out upon a hill covered with nothing but eucalyptus trees. Well, Fred is back and I am going to start dinner.  Good night.








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