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The surgery for both my eyes went very well, and I am thrilled with the results. I CAN SEE AGAIN!
I returned a week later on a quick two-day trip for a final check up on the second eye * and I have a lot of confidence in my eye doctor in Cuenca (Dr. Juan Diego Carpio). **
That being said, I ended up spending most of the time “holing up” in my hotel room at the Inca Real being a hermit.
In other words, I downloaded several movies and books, and the first season of “Modern Family”, and thoroughly enjoyed my time pigging out on “para llevar” 8-piece buckets of “Rossty Brosty” chicken (across the street from hotel) and overdosing on bags of candy each day, purchased at the booths around Parque Caldron during the week-long Corpus Christi “how many sweets can you consume???” marathon.
But I was damn happy to finally get back home to the coast after being away for almost 3 weeks because now that the eye issues and other medical and dental issues have been resolved, we have a big project we are starting this year.
According to us, this is the “Year of the Build”.
In the meantime, we’ve been living in a wonderful Ecuadorian-owned rental, in a friendly barrio about 4 blocks from our soon to be construction site.
|One view of the lot (facing south)|
Ocean to your right
|Another view of the lot, taken several years ago|
from the balcony of our former place
|Some of the other construction going on|
in Jardines de Olón
Facing northeast from balcony of our former house.
ONE OF US has good architectural ideas and taste, and SOMEONE ELSE doesn’t.
(Because left to his own devices, I’m concerned that Todd would erect a purple-painted yurt with bamboo and thatch accents, and call it a day)….Just kidding, honey (!)…sorta.
We’re both extremely excited to get started – and scared – to begin construction, now that the Cuenca medical stuff is done.
|One of the new hotels in Olon|
|One of our streets being cobbled a few months back.|
The workers were having fun with the bricks.
|Another hotel under construction|
|Bamboo scaffolding is commonly used here for projects|
The next day, several other taxi drivers helped me locate the driver (who was off duty and at home) and he had it safe and sound for me. I was beyond relieved, and eternally grateful for the wonderful people here.
God bless Ecuadorians!
I had referred him to another coastal friend of ours after my laser retina repair, and he also used him several months ago for cataract removal. This friend is also very happy with the results.