Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cuenca IPad Users Group Skype Session

Today, the group skyped with Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles.  The topic: "How Does The IPad Compare" with the IPad. Len demonstrated the Kindle Fire as well as the other new Kindle Reader models.  Our group was able to ask him questions about specific applications running on the Kindle Fire as well as would Amazon's Prime Service work in Ecuador without the use of a VPN.

Two days before the meeting I was emailed about someone from the U.S. joining our meeting. I'm happy to announce that this will be possible in the very near future. I'm upgrading my bandwidth and you'll be able to join us live via Skype and also via a video after the meeting. We will also be discussing some of the new tools that new expats will need visiting or retiring to Ecuador.  Contact me for more details.
Lenny Charnoff  graygeek at gmail.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Journey Is The Reward

Sharon asked me to walk to Cadelaes, her favorite spice store. I read on the Ecuador Expat Facebook page that there was another branch of Cadelas on the east end of town. So off I went camera in hand to find the store.  The video below depicts the journey. It was a 3.6 mile walk there and after finding the the store closed for their 90 minute lunch break I decided to make the trip on Monday. On the way back I stopped at San Blas for an eighty five cent durazno (peach ) ice cream cone. I took Mariscal Lamar to Benigno Malo and then to Solano and stopping off at Mt. Sinai Hospital Farmacia for a medicine that I could pick up without a prescription that would have cost $30 in the States and cost $10.82 here. I found Violetta my favorite cow grazing 50 meters from the apartment on the other side of the Yanuncay River.  Life Is Good In Cuenca

Monday, November 14, 2011

Six Months In Cuenca

This Saturday marked a half year in Cuenca for Sharon and I. We enjoy our new apartment and have made wonderful new expat and Ecuadorian friends. The weather right now is very spring like. The temperature is in the low 70's each day and the nights are not as chilly. We look forward to traveling back to the U.S.in January to see our family and friends who we miss dearly.  The video below is a compendium of photos over the past 6 months.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 10th ExPat Day In Cuenca

The Chamber of Commerce in Cuenca declared Nov 10th as Expat Day in Cuenca. A wonderful party and real treat in my life to live in such a marvelous city.  Viva Cuenca.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Silver Cook In El Centro

Yesterday was a real treat when a new Mime started performing on the side of the New Cathedral in Cuenca.  He has real talent. Besides the expert paint and costume he had professional arm and eye movements. Notice the feint hand movement at 0.48 when the chicas want him to pose.

I finish the video with a Sunday walk along Calle Larga to the 10th of August Mercado. Sharon went upstairs and did all the negotiating in Spanish alone.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Cuenca Art Shows

If you like Art Shows then Cuenca was Nirvana this week. It was a week long holiday and it seems that every street you walked down had a music or art festival. I concentrated on getting gifts for friends and family when we go back to the States in January.

My favorite activity was negotiating with some Peruvian ladies for alpaca sweaters. I posed with my favorite saleslady after the transaction.