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In October, 1997, my husband Mark and I, decided to move to Ecuador. We settled in Cuenca, the third largest city. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountain range. It has been an amazing aventure.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Memorial 2015

We had a lovely Memorial this year. 375 in attendance and 2 families we are studying with attended. It really is encouraging to see bible studies making progress.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Chola Cuencana Dress

If you are in Cuenca you will certainly see the indigenous women walking around in their native costume. So I decided to tell you a bit about it.

The women are called Chola Cuencanas and they wear their outfits with dignity. The outfit consists of a skirt called a pollera, a lace blouse, shawl and is topped off with a Panama Hat and as you can see from the photo it is beautifully embroidered.

It takes approximately 9 yards of material to make the skirt and it is rather heavy. I swear I burn hundreds of calories every time I where mine. The blouse is made up of beautiful lace and sequins and the shawl is edged with crocheted lace.

They have outfits for everyday and special ones for special occasions. Additionally, gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets can be worn as accessories. One of these ornate outfits can cost from $700.00 to $1000.00 (not including the jewelry, just the costume) depending on the detail and fabric. I was fortunate that a very dear Ecuadorian friend made mine and give it to me as a gift. I am so proud to be the owner of this awesome piece of local history.

And here's the final look...of course I don't have the long, dark braids...but you get the idea.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Problem Has Been Fixed

Many of you may have tried to access my blog only to be directed to another site. Someone hacked into my blog and caused this problem. In any case, thanks to information given to me by a friend, I was able to solve the problem and I´m back in business. I hope my readers will return.
Here are some new pictures of our little Critters. Believe it or not they keep us sane and happy. Hope you enjoy. Oh, by the way, the last one is Mark, he's not a critter. Smile.

It´s Finally Official

It's finally done. Today we received our Ecuadorian Citizen Cedulas (identity cards). After two and a half years in the process and another four months trying to get the names straightened out, we got them. We are now duel citizens. It is a glorious day.

Our Territory in the Campo

This is a scene from our territory. We have spectacular views, but it means walking a lot uphill. It's great when you go downhill, but you know what that means...you have to go up again. However, it is beautiful and it keeps us in shape.
I had the pleasure to be accompanied by these two handsome fellows. The one on the right is a regular pioneer. So precious.

Why Should I Learn the Language?

That is a good question, especially if you're not a studious person or you're up in age. However, anyone can learn enough of the language to get by and even form friendships.

Even if you do not have plans to socialize with the local population (personally, I don't know why anyone wouldn't want to get to know these lovely people) learning the language is essential to being a well rounded individual, happy and contributing to the society where you live. If you live in a Spanish speaking country, frankly it is ridiculous to expect to hear English when banking, shopping, taking taxis or buses, paying utility bills, etc. You live in their country as a guest, so why do you feel entitled that they should speak your language? Make the effort to learn the basics so you can communicate and get things done.

A very helpful book to get you started is entitled "Madrigal's Magic Keys to Spanish A Creative and Proven Approach" by Margarita Madrigal. It is available on Kindle. The copy I have was first published in 1951, 1953 and 1989. To make things fun the illustrations are by Andy Warhol. Yes, it may seem to be a bit outdated, but the book actually gets you speaking, reading and writing right away and instantly builds an extensive vocabulary. I still refer to it from time to time to brush up on my Spanish skills even after living here for 17 years.

Another practical way to learn is start practicing with the locals. They appreciate the effort and will correct your errors, in a very polite and nice manner.

So start learning the language, don't be shy and enjoy your new life in this exciting country.

Until next time...