Friday, Nov 2, 2018
Busy and Festive
It feels like it’s been a busy week. Teaching my Chinese students English early in the mornings, working with my coaching clients throughout the week, having one-on-one Spanish lessons for myself, meeting up a couple of times for dinner with friends, beach walks…man, I’m exhausted. It isn’t easy living in Ecuador. 😉
Halloween Was Rocky
I was invited to Terrye’s house for dinner, along with Shawn and Teresa, and a new guy in the Olon neighborhood, John. Terrye made homemade Texas chili. Teresa made cornbread, and I made…er brought…butter. I think I won out on that deal. 🙂 After dinner we all watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is a cult classic from my youth.
In those days, the Rocky Horror Picture Show played at midnight in the theaters across America. People came dressed as the characters in the show, and also came stocked with props. At the wedding scene we would throw rice, when the car broke down and Janet and Brad had to walk for help in the rain, we all put our newspaper on our heads in order to stay dry too. Flashlights would light up, playing cards would be thrown, and then the rubber glove would snap…yeah, I won’t go there. I can’t believe this movie came out in 1975.
Terrye had props for everyone so we could be active participants while watching. She even did the Time Warp dance. And although she encouraged us all to get up and join her I decided I needed way more alcohol to do that. Needless to say it was a fun night socializing with friends and great way to celebrate Halloween.
This weekend is a major holiday here in Ecuador and all throughout Latin America. It is the Day of the Dead, and the people of Ecuador make it a four day celebration. As I walked the beach today I saw so many beach homes filled with families and visitors. Normally these same homes sit empty for months, even close to a year. Today many houses had makeshift volley ball and badminton nets set up. Kids as well as adults were out having a good time. It gave the normally desolate beach a warm and happy feeling, in spite of no sun and total cloud cover.
Hopefully I will get out and about this weekend to catch some of the activities that are going on in Olon and Montanita.
The Sun Is Coming
It won’t be too much longer before the blue skies, bright sunshine, and hot days will be here again. I’m looking forward to it. Regardless of the less-than-stellar weather this week, I am still getting out on the beach and walking into Olon. I really enjoy the hour that it takes me to get there from my house. I came across a starfish field on one of those days.
Hasta la proxima semana….