We may have to apologize twice today.... once for our inattentiveness to this blog. And then we'll do so again for the length of today's posting. I'll be making an awkward attempt at recapping what's been going on in our lives at Casa Yazell during this very hectic season. As a result this posting may encompass a little bit of lengthy rambling. Hopefully, we can catch a lot of our stateside friends up on what has been going on in our life here south of the equator and hopefully, it will be of some interest.
|Suzanne in the catacombs beneath |
Catedral de la Immaculada Concepcion
|Traditional pastry and beverage|
for Day of the Dead celebrations
|Lots of different activities take place in Cuenca during the week|
|Roger's ability at feeding the meat grinder draws a crowd of|
admirers during a sausage making party!
|Suzanne did her usual great job|
with holiday decorations!
During this time period Orquesta Sinfonica Cuenca, the Cuenca Symphony, was finishing their 2nd season of 2012 and we always enjoy their performances. However, the one celebrating their 40th anniversary was a most enjoyable event. We also helped some friends celebrate a birthday, went to at least two open houses and a fund raiser for a local animal shelter. We started decorating our new home for the holidays (we posted about that in November).
We attended two dinners over the the Thanksgiving holiday period, and then we hosted our own holiday open house...our first big gathering in our new home. We attended several more parties, open houses and even a fund raiser for a local animal shelter. It was during this period that Suzanne, her friend Toni and friend Monica organized and began the Cuenca Ladies Dominoes Tourney for Charity. Their first event raised over $500 for a children's orphanage and their second event will be held this coming week.
|Our front patio as it looked |
when we moved in last year.
|Work begins on the wall!|
|Let's add some planter boxes!|
|Even a little rain didn't delay work.|
Ok, back to all the activities of the hectic season! By now we're intermingling all this with some physical checkups (doing well, thanks for asking!), some Christmas gift shopping (I got a tiesto, Suzanne got a Peruvian nativity). We, of course, enjoyed the plethora of activities and decorations that were all over town for the holidays.
|A 15 ft lighted modern art nativity |
in one of the plazas. This was just one of
the many decorations for the holidays!
|Part of the parade crowd.|
|Any parade with animals, especially a large one will|
leave its mark on city streets!
As a result we left that party and returned home about 10pm. Fireworks were already begining and we sat on the front patio with a glass of wine (and our dummy) awaiting our appointment with the bonfire. Our Ecuadorian neighbors summoned us across the street (they already were planning their own fire along with some of their guests). We mingled with the mixed crowd of guests (Canadians, Ecuadorians, Columbians and us). We danced, drank wine and then, at midnight, jointly set the viejos ablaze as fireworks from ALL across the city ringed the horizon as far as we could see.
|Suzanne and her effigy!|
|The viejos (old year effigies) going up in flames.|
|The crowd cheers as we burn away the bad things from|
the previous year (By the way, Suzanne was holding my
glass so I could take this shot).
|The Dos Chorreras Lodge|
|Suzanne during a tour of an old mountain village|
|There's always some spectacular scenery in the Cajas!|
|Roger just before a rainy|
horseback ride in the mountains!
|The fireplace came in real handy, it was rainy and chilly!|
|Suzanne made a friend while we were there!|