Dog On A Cold Tile Roof

Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
Trip End May 10, 2015

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Last night was a rough one, could not sleep.  First of all, we live in a very quiet neighborhood, and if any dogs bark we don't hear it because, after all, we are on the 4th floor.  Right?  Not so much.  We must have the only dog who lives on a roof, and right above us! Actually, she is not that bad, but last night as I tried to get to bed early, (sun always sets at 6:00 pm) something set her off.  Then there's Milo.  Scratching in his liter box in the hall, for like, 20 minutes!  Either he is really bored or was desperate to bury it.  Woke both of us up.  Fred said we should see a bloomin sand castle out in the hall come morning!  Not to worry though, I'll just sleep in.  Well, then there's the rooster.  I'm exhausted.  Fred wants us to go on a long walk up the hill this morning.  I don't think so!  Now Fred has Latin music on and is dancing to it.  Help!

Milo's liter box is actually now a baby bathtub as all the shops we found yesterday did not have liter boxes, not to mention, we are having a hard time finding clumping liter, which brings up the next point about his new liter box - he can play in it now!

I do however, want to mention the cow.  Just down the hill from us is a lot with no fence or anything -- just green grass and a lone cow on a hefty leash.  Sometimes she is laying down and sometimes she is standing there looking like she wants to guard her space.

Well, enough about all that.  It was really cloudy this morning, but cleared up nicely.  The weather here in Cuenca is a bit cooler than Quito with very little humidity.  A little jacket may be needed in the morning or evening, but so far, not so much for me during the day.  It is greener here this year than I remember it two years ago.

There is a lot of construction here as well.  We are so sad, as one of our favorite restaurants, just down the road is gone.  Well, it moved, we come to find out.  But it was so beautiful, on gorgeous grounds and so close  We also can't find this one pizza shop -- must ask friends when they get back from the States.  It was right on the Avenue of the Americas, but now we cannot spot the place.  But at $14.00 per pie, well, perhaps that was why?

I am drinking coffee out of a Starbucks mug.  There are a few of them in this apartment.  There is also a large stainless steel Starbucks french press, our kind of people!  Bought a pound of Ecuadorian coffee for $3.00/lb.  How great is that!  Also bought some Kraft Mayo, but cannot find sour cream yet.  How not so great is that!  We love sour cream, should learn how to make it.  That will be Fred's job.

Fred has a cold so we could not go to the English meeting today, which is at 11:00am.  He did not want to make anyone sick.  So we did go for that hike.  Up this hefty hill in front of the apartment building to Banos.  Oh my, we must of hiked like a bazillion miles!  (Can't put the ~ above the n.)   Banos is a town with hot springs, not to be confused with another Banos, a more touristy hot springs town in Ecuador.

This one road to Banos turned to dirt. Some nice homes and some not so nice, along the way. Beautiful nonetheless.  The helado truck even passed by (ice cream truck).  We felt very safe.  Said buenas dias to everyone who walked by, most said it back, but we pretty much initiated.  Fred actually took this long high loop two years ago and wanted me to see it.  Our feet are killing us -- mind you, Cuenca is already at 8,700 feet, never mind Banos.

Some neat eateries up there.  Literally, little holes in the wall that would never pass the US Health Dept. standards, but okay by us.  Had a fried empanada with a little cheese inside (this one was more like a sopapilla) - Yum!  Then we passed a small wooden table with a hand juicer, a bowl of water and a bowl of oranges.  The woman there washed the oranges then juiced about 5 of them for us to fill a large mug.  Literally, the best orange juice I have ever had! Might have paid too much though, we paid $1.00, probably should of paid .50 cents?  Ask for prices before, not after.

Was trying to take a picture of a fruit tree in someone's yard.  The woman wanted to know what we were doing.  When we told her that her tree was bonito, she got us one fruit as a gift, said slice and enjoy.  But she headed for a different tree and actually gave us a large pear, a huge pear--it was good.

Up in Banos there is quite the little resort hotel with a hot springs pool.  We looked around, very nice. We checked out the menu in the hotel and a Fillet Mignon goes for $10.00.  Not too bad. There are also some smaller resorts.

Checked out the Tenant above us, Canela.  She is a very friendly Golden Retriever, but lonely sometimes.  We will have to get us some chairs and spend some time up there as it is quite a nice place to sit and relax and get some fresh air. 

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The Renbergs on

Love hearing your tales of Ecuador. Sounds rough, haha. bummer about the kitty litter. Keep in touch

Bob and Sandy on

Nice pictures and experiences. We are glad you are settling in. We are sending our love.

Bob and Elaine Rodriguez on

Hi you two, so happy you put us on your list! thanks for sharing! Looks just lovely, now I'll have to find a map to see where you are!
Say well, stay happy, Love, Bob and Elaine

Raul Rodriguez y familia on

Muchas gracias por las fotos y la carta que han mandado, estamos todos bien , el fin de semana pasado estuvimos en la asamblea de distrito en verdad hermanos esta hermosa mucho animo para estos tiempos tan dificiles , les cuento que a partir del 1ro de agosto trabajaremos el territorio de Pueblo West , el super de circuito vio a bien que pasara dicho territorio a manos de Canon City que les parece????? Jehova nos sigue cuidando muy bien , bueno hermanos los dejo y nuevamente gracias por acordarse de nosotros bye,bye,bye

Paula from Atlas on

Hi to both of you! I've been reading your blogs and enjoying every word. I must say, you are very brave to do this. I remember some pictures Fred showed me of the fresh veggie and fruit stands. Incredible. I wish both of you well in Ecuador. I'm getting married on Aug 13 finally! It's a wonderful time for us. I'll be moving to Micigan next year I hope!

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