Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Patience and Flexibility

It has been a quiet week in town, AND I haven’t been to town much. I ventured into Montanita on Tuesday to pay my health insurance at the only bank teller window for 60 miles. This was my second trip.

I tried to pay it last week but wasn’t successful. There was a woman at the window then making multiple deposits. One of my friends was in line when I showed up, and he told me she had already been at the window for 25 minutes. I didn’t let that deter me though. 

What did deter me is that I couldn’t pay it. After waiting in line for 30 minutes I was told that the bank didn’t have the information from the National Health Insurer that was needed for me to pay. Want to guess why?

Fiesta Means Something Here

The previous week had been a four day holiday…Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun. So evidently the processing of the insurance data was set back a few days because of it . This makes me realize how un-automated things must really be in Ecuador, or how EVERYONE takes a holiday and things come to a halt.

Not that this is a big deal in the scheme of things. I’m sharing this with you to let you know flexibility and patience are must have tools to bring with you here. They will help you out far more than the comfy couch in your container or that extra pair of pants in your suitcase. 🙂

The good news is that when I showed up to pay my insurance this week. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. My lucky day! Everything does work out here. It just takes an extra minute…or day, or week, or maybe a month. Like I said…patience and flexibility. 

Humidity Reigns

I opened a new tin of Altoids this week. It was in the original sealed wrapping but alas, the humidity was stronger than the Altoid. 

Time to Horse Around

I caught a video of these horses playing in the surf. Unfortunately I was too far away to film them when they first went out in the water. By the time I got close enough playtime was over. Some times you just have to horse around when you live in Ecuador.

That’s it for now. I’ve been focused on my coaching all week and getting some good results. Maybe this might just turn into a real business after all…if I can stop hors’n around on the beach. 😉