Friday, June 10, 2016

Heidi, Easton, and I were walking to the park with Monte when my phone rang. I was told men are waiting in our building to install the direct TV. I turned around and headed back to our apartment.

It took me 3 minutes tops to get back to our place and no one was here. I checked in with Miriam on the first floor and she hadn’t seen anyone. She thought maybe they might be in the next building over. Sure enough that’s where I found them.

The two guys came over to my place and brought up a rather large dish to install on our roof. It seems odd to me because the last few TV dishes I had installed in the US were a third of the size. Anyway, the dude takes a ladder out onto our 3rd floor terrace and precariously sets it across the ledge of the wall, leans it against the red tiles of the roof above, and climbs up on the roof. Then he walks along the ridge line like a tight-rope walker carrying the dish with him and disappears over to the other side. I’m pretty certain OSHA wouldn’t be having any of this.

It took them about an hour but we now have direct TV. I’m not a big TV fan, but it is nice to be able to turn on a show in the evening. It’s also another opportunity to listen to Spanish.

Heidi read on an expat fb group about a store in Cuenca called Super Stock where we might find things we haven’t been able to get. We all went there today and checked it out. It actually wasn’t bad. It had some groceries, some household items…small appliances, linens, kitchen and bath, furniture, and some hardware type supplies. I did see a coffee maker I liked, $80 bucks…so maybe it’s time to bite the bullet.

Park construction, view from our terrace

Park construction, view from our terrace

The park next to us is being worked on. It was a huge lot filled with trees over 100 feet tall. For whatever reason the city cut them all down and is creating an open space with walkways through it. I expect it will be nice when it’s finished.

Workers sleeping at lunch break

Workers sleeping at lunch break

There are a group of men that live in a log type shelter that they built as they began the park construction. I don’t know how they do it. It’s rainy, cold, and wet most of the time. The area around the shelter is usually thick with mud and deep with puddles.

How these guys are staying warm is a mystery to me. They did run a power line into the structure a couple of days ago, so I assume they have a light inside. It is interesting to me to observe the cultural differences of what is acceptable conditions to work and what isn’t. I applaud these men for doing what they need to do to earn money for their families.

I still have moments where I question why I am in Cuenca. One of the main reasons I moved to Ecuador was to be on the ocean. I still miss the beach, the waves, and the sunsets. I think it’s ok to miss that.

I do believe I will have the ability to get my Life Coaching practice up and running while I’m living in Cuenca, and that is a good thing. I’m not sure what the weeks and months ahead are going to bring, but I am choosing to remain open and alert to the possibilities in front of me.

Life is an adventure and I think if I hold this mindset everything is going to work out.