Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ecuador May 25, 2008


Ecuador May 25, 2008

I had another quiet day on Saturday. I went to the Internet store around 9 am and then went over to the Cathedral for the Corpus Christi Festival. They were not kidding when they said there were lots of sweets there. Just about anything you could imagine from brownies, to fudge, to soft candy to hard candy. I saw something there that I had never seen before. A frosting and sprinkles covered bagel. With my gluten allergy I could only look but it looked great.

When I got home Eugenio, Elena, Stefan and his family were all here for lunch. They also had been to the Festival and had a large bag of goodies. They went to the Campana (countryside) after lunch. They invited me to go along but I had a lot of homework. Homework for a 66 year old man? Si. I get at least two to four pages a day. It is fairly easy and all I have to do is look up the answer not unlike an open book test.

The girls got back from the Ecological Park after I went to bed but I would imagine that they had a good day. It was very bright and sunny most of the day which is unusual.

Do not know what today will hold in store but I would imagine it will be the same. This is the third year that I have done this and it is always the same toward the end. Lots of familiarity after the newness wears off.

I feel like I have lived in Cuenca all of my life. I know every house and every person between my house and the school. People in the street greet me each day just like I have been here forever. It will be hard to leave but I have a lot on my plate for the next three months.

I am teaching two full days and then taking classes two other days. That leaves Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do what I want to do.

I also have my weekly article and that takes at least two days to write. My formula is to write off the top of my head for up to 1000 words. I then let it sit for a day or two and get back to it to edit it and cut it down to the 700 words the paper allows. It seems to work for me.

For the past few weeks I have been writing between 2000 and 5000 words a week so I guess I have a lot of words in me. Writing has always been easy to me and I even write in my head as I walk or drive through my day. Amazing how that works. I used to write notes about my thoughts but I found that I remember everything just as well.

I am not a baseball fan. In fact I do not like any sports including football. So guess what was on TV in Cuenca, Ecuador last night? Rockies baseball. Yup. It was probably blocked out in Denver and Colorado but we had it in Ecuador. You may already know this but baseball is a big sport throughout Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Many of their young men have become millionaire baseball players in the US. g

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