Saturday, Mar 19, 2016
I’ve been a little grumpy today. Easton and I took Keeper to the Vet in San Vicente to have her stitches removed. It’s hot out and everything seems to take more energy. Keeper doesn’t deal well in the heat, so by the time we got our cab, took the ride over to San Vicente, had her stitches removed and then caught a cab back to Bahia, she was spent.
Our Vet contacted the Vet in Manta to see if the biopsy results came back. They have not. Our Vet thinks, based on the thing removed and other spots on her, that she may have skin cancer. I hope that isn’t the case. She acts just fine but we keep finding new black spots or raised black spots on her. I will keep you posted.
We went for a BBQ and get together with several expats around the pool at Dos Hemisferios (condo building). It was a good time! The sun was out, the pool was nice, lots of people, and it was fun just talking with everyone for a few hours. It got me out of my grumpy mood.
It is interesting how connecting with others usually changes low moods like grumpy, anxious, and depressed into something more positive, a higher well-being. There is something in human interaction that has the ability to lift us up. We know we aren’t alone. We can feel lighter and uplifted in the exchanges that take place between one another.
It takes more than conversation about the weather, sports, or the latest movie for this to happen. Connection requires an element of vulnerability. It is in the moment when we recognize our shared human condition the magic takes place. I see you and you see me.
And we are ok.
So true! You are all so lucky that you’ve found good people to connect with????
I agree Chris! Meeting the people we have has really helped in adjusting to our life in Ecuador. I think I haven’t met an expat yet who isn’t willing to help us or share with us what they know about the ins and outs here.
I agree Chris!
Todd, when you say it is hot there, what is the temperature? A big part of why we are moving is because of the summer heat. At least 30 days each summer over 100 degrees. Many of which are over 110. This is something I really want to get away from.
Temperatures vary depending where you are in Ecuador…coast, mountains, amazon, and also by the different times of the year. On the coast the hottest months are January through April. Temperatures are in the high 80s, but I have seen them get close to 100 for a couple of days too. It is also humid. However, I have been on the coast in October and I needed to wear a hoodie. The ocean breeze was too cool for just a tee shirt. Then, temperatures are closer to 70, dipping into the 60s.
In the mountains it is quite different. Cuenca temps on its hottest day may be 80, but temperatures are more consistently in the 60s and 70s, plus rain happens at some point during the day. Lower elevation cities like Loja and Yunguilla seem to be more in the 70s and have a lot more sunshine than Cuenca.
The great thing about Ecuador is that you can find a temperature you like…somewhere. 🙂