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Christian LeBlanc
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Calefon
Patience Is Rewarded Like most folks in Cuenca, we have a tankless water heater, a calefon, which is bolted to an outside wall. It is terrific, but can be finicky for safety reasons. E.g., if anyone flushes, the pressure drop will cause the heater to shut o...
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Janet bought 30 lemon tree seeds from Italy's Amalfi coast last year, and is ready to get them germinating in sand-filled cups. I can find tons of sand at places on the outskirts of town, but I needed only 10kg or so. A friend suggested a nearby mercado. I ...
Smaller Manhattans
Smaller Manhattans
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Oh dear:  https://www.amazon.com/Gringolandia-Lifestyle-Migration-Capitalism-Globalization/dp/1517904927/ref=sr_1_1 "Matthew Hayes focuses on North Americans relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador, the country’s third-largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site......
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евангелист
Ran into this image today. One needn't be able to read Old Church Slavonic in order to know who it is. A halo'd man writing in the company of a lion can't be anyone but St. Mark. That said, with a bit of patience one might translate the overlapping letters ...
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La Skina
yes we have no bananas Near my house is a tienda (small grocery store) which I pass by once a week or so. It's called La Skina. I assume it's a translation of Greek η σκηνή, ee skeenee. It's where we get the word scene. In Greek, skēnē/σκηνη is not a unique...
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Boda
Plenty to eat at the reception Spectacular day on Dec 22 at the wedding of our, what, godchildren? In Ecuador the church requires padrinos (godparents) for the wedding couple, and we were it for a young man and fiancee whom we've known for a couple of years...
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It Rents Itself
For Rent signs are all over Cuenca, per above. "Se Arrienda" means "it rents itself," from the infinitive "arrendar." The pic below is from Staraya Rusa, Belorussia. It says "Аренда / arenda," also meaning rent. It's a Romance borrowing. Small world.
It Rents Itself
It Rents Itself
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Grapas
Cloudy now, but the sun could attack at any time. Putting up solar LED lightstrings in the courtyard. I had been thinking of using electrical alligator clips, but these fence staples (grapas) were cheaper and easy to friction fit with a rubber mallet. The b...
Grapas
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Salud!
Janet & I, as legal residents in Ecuador, have signed up for National Healthcare. It costs about $90 a month for us both. But as long as we don't have a crisis, we'll continue to pay out-of-pocket for private healthcare. We can afford to, and there's no poi...
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Cuenca Eye Candy
When we run errands, we usually reward ourselves with a drink, snack or ice cream. Walking home can involve a 250' climb from some parts of town, so a break before that labor is nice. This is a pic by daughter Francesca on the back terrace of Cafe del Museo...
Cuenca Eye Candy
Cuenca Eye Candy
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