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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, November 29, 2010

National Census

Sunday was a national census. Everyone had to stay home from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that is everyone except those taking the census. Something isn't quite right when all adults are ordered to stay indoors and only Highschool Juniors and Seniors are allowed out to take the census. Ha...

We were visited by 3 high school boys and some of the questions were rather humorous. You see we live in a condominium, rather modern and they were asking question such as "do you have an indoor toilet or do you share with the community?" "how many light bulbs are you using?" and on a personal note..."how do you consider yourself: as indigenous, mestizo, black or white?" (does human being count?) and "what are the conditions of your walls?" Hello! Look at my walls...anyway we thought it was cute and they were just doing their jobs. In fact these high school kids worked extremely hard from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. without the possibility to eat lunch. We gave our guys something to eat and they really appreciated the gesture.


  1. What about police, hospitals, etc? Were your meetings then after that?

  2. Meetings were canceled. Hospitals ran normally. Anyone that needed to be out had to have a "Note of Safe Conduct" pass. The police were an exception.


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