Saturday, Aug 27, 2016
Today is the last day of Chase’s friends visit here. It’s been nice getting to spend time with these two cool young women. I had met Jenni during my visit to Guyana about a year and a half ago. This was the first time I met Holleigh. When I was in Guyana she was working in a small village in the jungle. Peace Corp volunteers are incredible people who genuinely care about making a difference in our world.
Heidi started our day off with her Banana-Oatmeal pancakes drizzled in pure maple syrup for breakfast. What a treat! Eventually we got ourselves motivated to get out of the house. We ended up at Parque Paraiso and just walked around enjoying the activity in the park.
There was a small group of young men break dancing for the crowd sitting at the tables in the snack area. These men brought their boom box, turned it up, and started flipping, gyrating, and spinning right on the park lawn. It was quite a visual contrast because within 15 feet behind them was an elderly man sitting on a chair selling brightly colored balloons, and making soap bubbles float through the air for the kids. I like this park because it is a gathering place of all types of people doing many different things.
We headed into El Centro to grab lunch at one of the best sandwich places in the city, San Duche Cafe on Baltazara de Calderon (two blocks after the point Simon Bolivar splits into Simon Bolivar and Baltazara de Calderon). The food is all made fresh; the meats melt in your mouth, and the flavors are intense. We saw our friend Greg here today (he and Annette introduced us to this place) playing in a card tournament. From Greg’s big grin when the tournament was over, I think he came out on top.
And hence is our life in Cuenca. The city is getting smaller as we get to know it better, and it is always fun to run into people we know here. After lunch there was one last trip made to San Francisco market for Holleigh and Jenni to grab souvenirs for family at home. When we arrived home we all enjoyed Sangria…white wine, fresh strawberries and peaches, that Holleigh prep’d last night.
It was our farewell drink as Jenni and Holleigh headed off on their new adventures. It is now four at the Gorishek’s…and our adventure continues.