|Our niece Isabella ... cute as a button!|
|Alex and our nephew Axel.|
|Ombi and Axel.|
|The Middle of the World.|
|Freshly made bizcochos, Cayambe.|
|An Otavalena selling her wares.|
|Otavalena food vendor.|
|The family at Humberto & Karina's house, Ibarra.|
|Outside the beach house, buying some fish from the locals.|
Five days of sleeping, eating, going to the beach, going to various watering holes, sunbaking and going for runs along the beach. Ah, this is the life! What I loved most about Rio Verde was how unassuming it was; rather than a bustling tourist metropolis, it was a quiet and local backwater. This is MY kind of tourism.
|L to R: Dad Hugo and Alex with brothers Piero & Rodrigo.|
|With Daniel and Dani and baby Felipe.|
|With Mel and Dan 'on top of' The Basilica.|
|Crossin' the plank; The Basilica, Quito.|
The highlight is the basilica's towers, some of which I had the nerve to climb and others not. To get to the towers however you need to actually cross a rickety wooden plank inside the main roof and THEN climb steep stairs and ladders to the top (with nothing on either side except for some thin metal rails and fresh air). Hmmmmm! You can also climb the spiral staircase and three sets of ladders into and above the clock tower. I was so not going to do that! So, whilst Dan, Mel and Alex climbed, I stayed on the 'lower rungs' and made some new friends, whom also had no intention of going any higher. I believe the views were arresting! I will simply have to take their word for it!
|"La gente es una puta ...solo jode "|
|Itchimbia, with Mel, Dan, Axel & Angie (Alex's sister).|
|With Byron's kids, L to R: Dylan, Amy & Mishell.|
|Catching up with Carola.|
Our time in Ecuador was clearly coming to an end, and I am never a good one for endings. Alex's mum and sister would be flying back to New York on the Saturday, the day before us, so Friday night at Karen's house was FULL, FULL house with all the relatives coming to say goodbye. Alex and I both went to the airport the next day. Life certainly can be interesting – whilst I have the honour of living with my soul mate and the love of my life on 'the other side of the world', I have fleeting moments of sadness as I realise that Alex is unable to spend more time with the rest of his family that he so dearly loves.
|Christian cooking up a storm!|
Before we knew it, we were on the plane flying to Buenos Aires in Argentina, where we would spend the last week of our holidays. I closed my eyes, and sighed deeply ... when you gain something you lose something, and when you lose something you gain something!
|Denisse and Axel.|
PS And Angie, my beautiful American sister-in-law, who isn't so little anymore ... love you too precious!
Dedicacion: Para mis sobrinos en Ecuador, Denisse, Axel, Thomas y Isabella. Aunque viven tan lejos ocupan un espacio muy especial en mi corazon y les amo montones. La distancia no es una barrera para el gran amor y orgullo que tengo para cada uno de ustedes. Quiero que sepan que siempre pueden contar conmigo – tu tia, La Gringa Loca.
PD Y Angie, mi cunada americana linda, que ya no es tan pequena ... te amo tambien preciosa!
"Outliers – The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell.
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." – Martin Luther King Jr.
Next blog: One week in Buenos Aires.
|Flying into Quito from Santiago.|
|Our nephew Thomas hangin' out in the kitchen cupboard.|
|This is what happens when you hang out in kitchen cupboard for too long!|
|Fruit and veggie market – Quito.|
|Do you think Isabella looks like her Dad, Christian?|
|L to R: Jean Pierre, Axel & Alex.|
|The beautiful countryside on the way to Ibarra.|
|Rocio (Alex's mum) dancing with Humberto.|
|L to R: Paty, Maricela, Humberto, Rocio & Marcia.|
|Humberto and Alex at Party Central!|
|Futbol (soccer) on the beach at Rio Verde.|
|The way to Alex's heart ... it's no secret, food!!!|
|Fun in the sun in Rio Verde.|
|Downtown Quito. Cotopaxi Volcano|
|Alex with his Grandpa, Papa Jacinto.|
|At the Basilica, Quito.|
|Colourful scarves at Otavalo market.|
|Lunch at a seafood restaurant in Quito with Alex's family.|
|Thomas with Naty.|
|Alex's sister, Angie, with Isabella and Thomas.|
|Diego and Christina.|
|This is what cute looks like ... Isabella.|
|The Andes as seen from Karen and Christian's house, Quito.|
|Paty Lu y yo (Alex) cerca de Rio Verde - Esmeraldas Ecuador|
|Quito by night.|
|Faces of Quito.|
|Aunts, uncles & cousins at crazy Uncle Raul's.|