|Bob's send-off as his ashes were paddled into the ocean.|
There were also a lot more people behind me when I took this pic.
And the sun made a glimmering appearance on the
horizon shortly after this was taken.
He was known as “Big Bob” around here. He was always a kind, smiling presence and the proprietor of Muscle Beach Gym in Montañita.
Courtesy of his FB profile page
|A rather new Olón Italian place right around the corner|
from my place. Lovin' it!
Owners Plinio, son Cesar (pictured) and Plinio's
And even though I know I could “test out” to initiate my lessons at a higher level, I decided to start my program beginning with the very first course, because I think I’ve forgotten some very basic Spanish language concepts – oh, say the alphabet, for example – and things like the difference between tú (you) and tu (yours).
Why are their brands still here? This bothers me.
|Nineteen plants purchased (including some small|
fruit trees) for $20.50
On the way there, we impulsively made a quick detour into Salango (a small pueblo about 5 km south of Puerto Lopez) to see the archaeology museum located there.
|A miniature recreation of the single-sale fishing rafts|
used in the past, along with other artifacts.
(Sorry my flash interfered with this picture)
|A boat that is currently being built on the beach,|
just behind the museum.
And last but not least, I made a quick trip into Cuenca last week for several Thursday appointments (got in late Wednesday afternoon, and left Friday morning). This is probably my 20th or so trip to Cuenca in the last couple of years, so I guess I’m sort of blasé about my visits there these days, but I always end up bumping into people I know, and that’s always a pleasure.
Ben manages the Ecuadorian MLS platform site.
There are always some type of parades or festivals happening in Cuenca, and I witnessed one on Wednesday night around Parque Caldron that involved clowns. LOTS of them (good thing I’m not scared of them). I really don’t have a clue regarding the reason behind this particular parade, but I enjoyed watching it from a nearby outdoor café table at the restaurant Don Colón.
I’ve probably passed this restaurant on the corner of Sucre and Benigno Malo scads of times, and never stopped. I don’t know why, because it’s in a great people watching location, the service was friendly and fast, and the glass of wine and appetizers I enjoyed there (I went back on late Thursday afternoon too) were reasonably priced and tasty. And in my opinion, Don Colón has the best French Onion soup I’ve tried anywhere in Cuenca.
I also bumped into/met Debby Plumlee Larsen (another FB friend) and her husband Tom on my first evening there.
|Too funny every time I look at this and|
couldn't resist sharing it!