Monday, November 15, 2010

renovation pics

more later............

Saturday, November 13, 2010


If you are in need of a very good architect, I can recommend Oscar Abad with out hesitation. Renovations, additions, new projects, Oscar is your man. He studied in the US and speaks perfect english for you non spainsh speakers. He does all his plans to US standards and demensions and is a good guy personally. He lived in the US for many years and knows what North Americans are used to and what they want, lots of light, storage, etc.
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
cell 091530018

Friday, November 12, 2010

like clock work.

Well the apartment is shaping up. Ivan and his crew are the best. He is honest and trustworthy. We really are fortunate to have met him (thanks again Juan).

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

1st stop before Cuenca

This was our pad on Aruba. A small 1150 sq./ft. place but we really loved that house. The beach, Arashi beach for anyone familiar with the island was a 3 minuite drive. The California Light House 5 minuites away. We could walk to the Marriot Beach Resort if so inclined, we were not.

No grass here, and with the wind it was a full time job cleaning house, if of course you had the windows open.

Yours truly did all the brick work front and back. Hard work in that heat, as you can see below. A typical summers day.

Do we miss it, not really. It was a great leaning experiance and we do not take anything for granted. If it was not for living there we would not be here in Cuenca now. Fate is a funny thing.
Bon Dia to our friends on the island Pete, Carol, Dan and Heather and others, and our old neighbors Paul and Eileen, Iris and Sandy, Joe, Paul and Ali from Holland, Gene and Bernie, and Tom and Stan, and John and Anna. We think of you often an wish you guys well.
Life, enjoy the ride.............J&D

Friday, November 5, 2010

It's Hostal

I know, I cannot spell. It must be the altitude..........Maybe not.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

nice to be home

Well I just got back after a 4 day tour of some places up north with our good friends Barbara and Howard. Donna is headed bak to the US for a visit so we went early to see some sites.We flew to Quito on Saturday and from the airport took a van to Otovalao (2-2 1/2 hour drive).
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.