Sunday, December 26, 2010
We are very fortunate to have fallen in with a great group and look forward to many holidays and events.
We wish everyone a safe New Year and hope prosperity finds you all.
Until next time..................J&D
main view from house
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
On a seperate note the apartment is very near completion. We are looking at next week for things to be complete. Furnishings will follow quickly. Anyone interested in short term accommodations next to Park Calderon shoot us an email for info.
Until next time...............J&D
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
If you know Paula the dentist, Oscar is her husband. I would truly give him a look if you are needing anything in this area.
His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 12, 2010
When we left for Quito he sad they would do the demo (during the 3 November celebrations) as they would desturb less people in the building. When I went there upon my return, demo done, debris out.
2 days later all new water lines and new electrical in, all holes in the wall where they ran pipe already plastered over.
Ivan thinks about 5 weeks until completion. Our goal was to be done before the end of the year, looks like we are right on scheduel. I'll see about some pictures.
Until next time.............J&D
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Yours truly did all the brick work front and back. Hard work in that heat, as you can see below. A typical summers day.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
We got to the hostil in the early afternoon and were able to hit the big market day. This is the place for alpaca blankets, ponchos, jackets at very nice prices. We loaded up on blankets and got some gifts (sorry mom not telling, you will see soon) for family.
The next day we went to Cotacochi (20-30 min drive from Otavolo) and that is the place for leather goods. Everything you can imagine is there. It is a nice place but on either side of this town like towering book ends are two "sleeping" volcanos, the locals call them Mama and Papa.
The next day we went to San Antonio (20-30 min from Cotacochi). This town is where they do wood carvings. Statues, pictures, bowls, you name it. I was amazed when Barnera and Howard scored a beautiful walnut statue and had it shipped to Cuenca for $5 bucks delivered to thier place. Wow, that is service. We were about 3 hours from the Columbian boarder in this area.
I would post photos but Donna brought the camera to the US for her visit.
We had a great time but I must say it is nice to sleep in my own bed. Donna have a great time and I will see you soon. Do not forget to lift with your knees.
Until next time..............J without D
If you are interested in going to these areas I would recommend these places.
Dona Esther in Otavalo, $34 a night- resturant is ok but you could do better elswhere
Mira Flores (Land of the Sun now) in Cotacochi, $59 a night- includes breakfast (very good)
Boutique Hotel in Quito (in old town) $61 - 95 (we booked online for 61)
*all places fees inluded all service and tax. All rooms were very clean and all showers had great pressure and good hot water (2 things that make or break a hotel stay for us), we did not drink the water. When in doubt bottled is the way to go.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
We hope to be complete around the first of the year. We are very fortunate to have hooked up with a very nice guy and great builder. We will meet him later.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
By the way, the guide is free. Better hurry as you never know how long it will take to get more when they are gone.
See you on the bus................J&D