We'd stocked up and read the 10 books that we need in order to get the special discount at the CB Carolina Bookstore, so off we went to pick out 10 new books and find out what was new from Carol & Lee. As is usually the case, we met a couple of people new to Cuenca and talked about how wonderful Ecuador is. Shelley wandered through the bookshelves making selections and Brian & Carol chatted about what they'd each been up to during the past month or so. When we left, Brian stopped in at Bananas, the breakfast place right next to the bookstore and picked up a turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, avocado & mayonnaise sandwich together with a small bag of chips for $1.75, which he got to take out since we knew the power would be off in our apartment when we got home. He said the sandwich was absolutely wonderful and it was all Shelley could do not to ask for "just a bite".
Downtown in the main square on Sunday we met some friends and went for lime tea & cappuccino. That's the second time in a row we've run into people downtown on a Sunday and it's nice to go for tea & chat for awhile when it's all unexpected. They told us they were going to explore the underground catacombs under the big cathedral. Not wanting to take Fredi into a church, we left them to do their exploring and trundled off to the market to pick up Brian's roast pig lunch and a bunch of bananas (14 for 50 cents; Shelley's planning on making a special "Southern" Banana pudding for dessert next week). They've been keeping the power on in all neighbourhoods on Sundays, so we had no outage. Monday, it'll be 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. so we'll be reading by our new camp light that evening. Apparently Ecuador has made some sort of deal with Peru to buy power from them. We're not quite sure how this will translate as far as the outages are concerned. They may simply stay the same and not get any more severe. The weather continues to be hot & sunny. We had a couple of minor showers last week but nothing that affected the level of the river at all.
The power was due to be out 7-10 p.m. on Monday so when we got a telephone call from a friend of ours saying a bunch of people were dining out at Akalarre, we thought that sounded like a great idea. It looks like the power outages have now reduced to 3 hour cycles. This may be because of the purchase from Peru. We hope if it is, it didn't cost too much because we'd be willing to sit in the dark an extra hour, unless of course, the price was really reasonable. We wonder if all these outages will be reflected on our electric bill. We pay about $6 a month so does that mean our bill will be $4 or $5?
It looks like we're going to have one of those weeks again. Out restaurant dining on Monday. On Tuesday we've got company coming for dinner & on Thursday we've been invited over to the apartment of some new friends of ours who have just finishing furnishing their whole place. We have to take Fredi to the vet again some time this week and Brian has yet another follow-up Doctor's appointment, this time with a specialist, on Friday. So...between regular chores, dining out, special appointments & what have you, our week looks pretty full. We may have told you before that Shelley was in the "retirement business" for 20 years or so. The best advice she ever gave any of "her" retirees was to keep themselves busy once they finished work. "Find a hobby, go travelling, learn a new language" she told her retirees. Shelley had been trained that this was the key to a happy retirement. We seem to have no trouble keeping ourselves busy. It's nice to follow your own advice!
In the end, 8 of us showed up at the Akalarre. Both Brian & Shelley had trout stuffed with ham. Shelley really enjoyed hers and Brian was a bit disappointed, so there you go. We arrived exactly on time and waited 20 minutes for the other 6 people to arrive. We're getting a bit of a reputation in that "Canadians are always on time" but we can remember several friends back in Canada who'd annoy us with their chronic lateness. It's not a National thing (we don't think) except U.S. Americans always seem to be 15 to 20 minutes late ;-)
On Tuesday we took Fredi to the Vet where the Vet gave Shelley instructions on how to clear Fredi's anal glands (eeww). Apparently this should be done whenever puppy is dragging her bum on the floor. We are planning a trip to Peru in the New Year and want to take Fredi with us. We have to get a certificate of ownership and a certificate that Fredi's had all her shots from the Vet and then 24 hours before we leave we take these documents to the Agro Calidad at the airport and they give us another document that will let us take Fredi over the border. It all seems very confusing and in the end, after we gather all the documents, it's quite possible no one will ever look at them, however, it has to be done.
We know we went on somewhat about our U.S. American friends being late, but have to confess Tuesday evening we had a visit from a Canadian friend. She was 20 minutes late as well! When we told her for the sake of even reporting we'd have to confess her lateness on the blog, she whined that it was all the fault of her Ecuadorian taxi driver. Now...we will admit that the Ecuadorian folks seem to have a different idea of time than the folks in Canada, however, we (Brian & Shelley) still manage to be 5 to 10 minutes early despite Ecuadorian time. This, of course, in South America, does us no good whatsoever but we continue to prevail if only to remember our heritage. It's important to remember your heritage (isn't it?).