A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Time To Celebrate!

We residents of Ecuador, both locals and Xpadorians, love to have an excuse to take the day off and celebrate just about anything but today (Thursday, May 24th) is a significant National Holiday.

Today marks the 190th anniversary of the battle of Pichincha. This was the most significant battle in the effort to free the area that is now Ecuador from Spanish rule. it took place high up on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano just on the outskirts of Quito. Officially it is the independence day of the City of Quito. (Each Ecuadorian city has its own independence in Cuenca, the city's independence is celebrated on November 3rd). It is also celebrated, however, throughout the country with parades, speeches and we hope later today fireworks (we do love our fireworks here!)

Happy victory at the Battle of Pichincha, Ecuador!

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