It's hard to believe, but we are just two weeks away from heading back to Ecuador. We'll spend one week in Quito to get our visas squared away, and then onto Cuenca.
It has been a whirlwind trying to get everything done before we could return. There were many days when it looked like we just weren't going to manage it, but our list of "to-do's" is finally starting to be a list of "done's."
Today, the piano was moved out!!!! That was a big relief. It is now going to have a new home with our lovely friends. Our sofa bed went to our wonderful housekeeper and that moved out today too.
The Salvation Army, which truly has been a salvation for us, is coming on Monday to take the rest of the furniture. We are essentially going to be camping out in our apartment for a couple of weeks. We're keeping something to sleep on, a few pots and pans and dishes and linens, but most everything else will be gone.
It's been very interesting reading everyone's blogs the last couple of days regarding the turmoil in Quito and Guayaquil. The news we were getting here about the problems in Ecuador made it look like a full blown armed revolution was taking place all over the country and there was general societal breakdown. While we knew better and never for a moment thought that was what was happening, it sure caused our friends and families some stomach churning. No amount of telling them that this would pass in a couple of days and not to worry would do the trick.
The news reports about Ecuador reminded me of when I was living on the east coast of the US at the time of the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco. Watching the reports about the earthquake led us all to believe that San Francisco had been leveled. When I arrived in San Francisco three weeks later for a job interview, I was shocked, shocked I tell you, that I couldn't see any evidence of earthquake damage. (I didn't go down to the Marina district where most of the damage was, but remember, on the east coast we'd been led to believe the earthquake had flattened the entire city.)
Anyway, we referred our worried loved ones to the blog postings of several of our new friends in Cuenca, and they all settled down. So we want to send a hardy THANK YOU to all of you there who have provided a dose of sanity and calmness.
We'll be seeing you in Cuenca on October 23rd, and we can't wait.