Day 136 Ecuador- Meet up with missed friends

Thursday, May 26, 2016

We met up with an additional realtor this morning to look at some properties she has available to rent. Her name is Vicki and operates Rentals Cuenca. She and her husband have been doing property management in Cuenca for several years now. It all began back in 2006 when they bought three properties as rentals, still lived in the States, and needed them managed.

The great thing about dealing with Vicki and the properties she manages is that they are marketed for gringos. This means a furnished apartment is exactly that…furnished. There is the appropriate amount of furniture for each room, a fully stocked kitchen that includes an oven, a toaster, a coffee pot, and a supply of linens, towels, etc. Most units also include internet and direct TV hooked up and ready to go.

We looked at two properties, a house in El Centro and a condo only 2 blocks from where we live now. The house was very cool with old wooden floors, exposed timbers in the ceiling, small alcoves…think Hobbit house, but not practical for our needs. The condo was sufficient, we could make it work, but it lacked a couple important items. One was a balcony that could seat more than two people, and the other was storage space. Where are we going to put our 12 empty suitcases and carry-on pieces?

At this point we are going to continue on our search.

Dave and Victoria are in Cuenca visiting! We met up with them this afternoon and got caught up on what has been happening with them and others we know in Bahia since we left. They are such an easy couple to be around, always smiling and in a good mood. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them grumpy.

After we met up with them we decided to try an artisanal brewery across the street from San Sebas park. It is called Jodoco and is owned by a cool dude who speaks German, Spanish, and English.20160526_161633 20160526_162806I had a red ale that was excellent. After a lot of conversation and a couple of these crafted beers we were getting hungry.

Tori and Dave came across an Italian restaurant earlier in the day that they wanted to try for dinner. They invited us to join them which we readily did, and we had a great meal together. This Italian place is a small hole in the wall, but the pasta and breads are all home made. The sauces are fantastic, and I highly recommend the cheese fondue!

They are in Cuenca until Monday so I expect we will have some more opportunities to visit. I miss my friends in Bahia and our visit was just what I needed today.

Chau.

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