Sunday, September 12, 2010
Brian had his fitting for his new outfit on Thursday, so we got up in the morning, did our chores & set off downtown. The tailor at "Gentleman" (Sucre 10-74) and Brian had a few discussions about cuffs on the pants (Shelley said no) and the fit of the jacket. In the end everybody was happy. He's to pick up the new jacket and pants in just a little over a week. Then we headed off to get Brian a haircut. Shelley & Fredi & the owner's husband sat and discussed Fredi's statistics in pigeon English & Spanish while Brian got his unruly mop taken care of. After that we stopped at an artisans' mall to wander about a bit. It didn't take much to find exactly what we were looking for. That evening we'd arranged to meet 2 couples at Mangiere's for dinner. We've now been to Mangiere's 3 times and all 3 times the pasta has been just wonderful. It was a nice evening with a diverse group of people, good stories & a couple of decent laughs.
Well, Fredi's gotten us into trouble again! Shelley noticed that a fellow Ecuadorian blog writer had taken us off their blog list. After pointing it out to Brian, Brian suggested she write and ask why. "It may just be a mistake" he told her. As the blog writer did not have an e-mail address displayed on their blog, Shelley had to go through some convolutions in order to contact them. Eventually she managed to do so through FaceBook. In any case, the bottom line was apparently we're too devoted and spend too much time writing about Fredi and taking her to events. They said that they were aware we'd take their comments personally, so there wasn't much room for misunderstanding. Best to know these things rather than to hide behind a patina of politeness and we actually appreciated the blunt honesty. We have consolation: Fredi likes & accepts us for what we are!
It was time once again to make an outing to the CB Carolina Bookstore. Lee was manning the desk as Carol was at home trying to get well and their staff was out at the bank trying to get some of that illusive Ecuadorian change. As usual, the door was opening every 4 minutes as new people came in to browse and old-timers came in to see what was happening, chat with Lee & pick up a few books as well. A group showed up for their Spanish classes & poor beleaguered Lee explained they would have to wait until the staff returned. Shelley perused the shelves and picked out our usual 10 books and Lee & Brian caught up on gossip and chattered with the folks going in and out. Before we left in the morning, we'd phoned a friend and suggested we'd drop over after leaving the book store. This we eventually did and had a good gab session & a nice glass of iced tea before we all set out for a local almuerzo (lunch). For $1.50 we had a lovely flavourful soup, a nothing special but wet juice, rice, boiled potatoes, gravy and sliced tongue. We learned that the term "seco" means "stew" on an almuerzo menu. Also "plancha" means the meat is grilled.
Coming on for awhile, the black dog finally descended and Shelley withdrew to deal with it for the time being. Brian is assuming our social obligations in the interim.
We'd made arrangements to meet a woman relatively new to Ecuador at the Good Affinity restaurant for lunch. She'd sent us an e-mail asking about Veterinarians & Dentists in Cuenca that spoke English and we'd provided what information we could. In the early morning on Saturday we did our chores & took Fredi for a walk and around noon Brian headed off to Good Affinity to have lunch. When he got home Brian said "I don't know why we haven't eaten there before!" We had heard good reviews about Good Affinity numerous times over the last couple of years, but for one reason and another had never actually gone there. Brian had a delicious vegetable soup and a spaghetti dish with tofu & egg in a red sauce which he declared to be excellent. All the ingredients tasted very very fresh and cost, including lemonade, was $3. We'll definitely be back. The woman seemed happy to share her experiences thus far in Ecuador and Brian was able to pass along some local tidbits.
Posted by Sigred Philipsen
Labels: Day to Day Cuenca 2010