Sunday, Jan 31, 2016

Heidi is making some guacamole dip for a picnic on the beach we are invited too with Don and Donna at their farm and beach. We bought some avocados yesterday and they are still hard despite our attempts at rapid ripening. So I made a quick walk to the farmer’s market to find some soft ones.

As I was walking alone, I saw dogs running in the street, locals sitting in chairs and on the stoops of their front doors, a couple walking with their toddler, two young men bantering with each other…just a myriad of Ecuadorian life happening on a Sunday morning.

I thought to myself, “I am having so much fun!” I love being part of another culture experiencing new sights, sounds, smells…the whole shebang.  I know I am where I am supposed to be at this point in time in my life, and that is an awesome feeling!

What I also noticed is that the three of us are settling into our new life in Ecuador. This was the first time I headed to the market on my own. Last night Easton and I went to the H Bar while Heidi chose to stay home and make some food items for the picnic today. At the bar Easton hung out with someone closer to his own age while I mingled with the mid-lifers. We aren’t three people moving together as one anymore. We are finding our individual feet.

Here is a short vid from H Bar last night.

Well it looks like I am going to have to pass on going with everyone to the beach at Don and Donna’s farm. Over the last several hours I have developed…uhmm…the Ecuadorian version of Montezuma’s Revenge. No bueno mi amigos!

Unfortunately the gang ran into an issue at the beach that required them to come back to town. I just got a call to come over and eat with Heidi and Easton at Don and Donna’s. I’m feeling better so I am going to give it a shot.

Donna made Corvina (fish) wrapped in banana leaves, a traditional Ecuadorian way of making it. It was delicious, as well as the sweet chile sauce, guacamole, mango salsa, cabbage salad and noodles. Another really nice time eating good food, with good people, having interesting conversation in a great location. I’m blessed!