Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday June 22, 2018 Goodbye Cuenca, Hello Tulua


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Friday June 22, 2018
After that pretty sleepless night I had visions of TAME giving me all sorts of grief at the airport, either for possibly overweight luggage or personal hand luggage.  I needn't have worried.  Gustavo got us there on time so we were second in the old-farts' line.  The only hold up is that the TAME crew again don't really know their own rules, which I had kindly printed out and highlighted for them..  Actually the TAME flights were actually early for a change today.
So it was Goodbye Cuenca at 7:40am as we winged (wung?) our way north to  our new adventures.  The weather was not bad so we got to see the volcanic peak of Chimborazo poking through the clouds.  It is closer to the sun than Mount Everest...
Once we hit Quito we had a nice view of Cotopaxi volcano as well and I forgot to pick up my cheap sunglasses as I was taking the photos.  We were in the big food court opposite the airport building grabbing a sandwich at El Espanol when we see the hiking group of LT Murphy and group.. small world.  Then I realized my sunglasses were missing and it took me a few minutes to remember where i had set them down last, outside on the walkway, so I walked out there ans enquired with 3 policemen in the area if anyone had turned in my glasses.  No soap, and I couldn't see them so I went back to my sandwich.  10 minutes later I see these same policemen walking throughm stopping and pointing at me, then they hold up the glasses... surprise, surprise...  This was so unexpected that I gave the policemen $10 to go have a coffee on me for returning my wonderful $3 sunglasses.
We breezed though Quito security, then Esmeraldas Immigration before landing in Cali.  This is where we had some anxious moments as we ended up with the strict female immigration officer again and I was seething at the possibility of having to pay another $73 USD entry fee just because I am Canadian...  In the end, they agreed to let me in because I was entering under my Ecuadorian Cedula, so Ecuador gave me one last hoorah....
I told Cristina that there was no way I was going to shlepp 4 huge, unwieldy, heavy suitcases, plus 4 backpacks onto a minibus, drive backwards into Cali, shlepp all this luggage to the second floor, ride a hot bus to Tulua, only to try to find a taxi to fit all this to make the last few blocks home.  So we ended up fitting everything into a taxi which brought right us to our door, an hour and a half later for about $71.
The dogs are so happy to see us and the new one, little NeNe, makes me so happy to see him romping with the others.
We went out for supper to a "chuleta" place near here (pork chops and fries) and 3 of us ate for about $7, and couldn't even it all...
I am partly unpacked but there are many other things that are more important to get accomplished, so I am parking much of my Type-A personalty and going with the flow.
Hugs to all our friends.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Actually leaving on time.  Goodbye Cuenca

Settling in on our way to Quito

Chimborazo poking into the sunshine

Nearer the sun than any place on earth

Chimborazo is a pretty impressive volcano

Yes, it is snow-capped

Official height
Elevation‎: ‎6,263.47 m (20,549.4 ft)

I love pretty mountains


One beautiful sight

Cotopaxi volcano as seen from Quito airport

Another beauty

Second highest in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft).

Taken with the phone

Ditto


Wednesday June 20, 2018 OBG


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Wednesday June 20, 2018
Today we signed all the house documents but there was still a glitch on the bike documents with the infamous SRI gestapo so we need to return at 3pm tomorrow to fix this.
Cristina accompanied me to our last Oldies But Goodies dance which was (again) billed as our farewell so there was an awesome, fun crowd on hand and a lot stayed until the bitter end.  We sure are going to miss a lot of our good friends from this bunch.
Rene was taking photos with her super little camera and posted a lot of them on the new OBG Facebook page so I won't bother trying to duplicate all those so check out https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1972024616353406&set=pcb.199938260660794&type=3&theater&ifg=1 and scroll through them.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday June 21, 2018 Leaving



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Thursday June 21, 2018
After my computer decided that it's fairly new power supply would quit working, and I couldn't get a computer tech to rush out in my emergency, it became an easy idea to finish my packing early, loading up the computer, monitor and keyboard in amongst my clothes, electrical stuff and toiletries.
I had one nagging issue with that blocked eavestrough above the lavanderia so I had Patricio the Plumber come and look after that.
Since I couldn't get all that I wanted in the two remaining suitcases, AND stay under 23 kgs each, I loaded up one more suitcase with more tools and clothes and left that for pickup by Alex in the morning..  Now that gives Alex and Cecilia the impetus to come and visit.
At 3pm we went back to the lawyers and waited while she cajoled a lady at SRI to fix the problem with my Buzzer registration so I could sign it over to the new owner without having to pay a gob more money to make a power-of-attorney because we couldn't hang around any longer.  At the last second, the SRI lady came through and Cristina and I went to the Notary's office and finished that paperwork.
Using my phone, I was able to confirm that the money transfer had gone through so that was one more worry removed.
Then we came back, gave the house another once-over and waited for the new owner John, and his girlfriend Peggy to show up with more of ther stuff and we handed over the keys.
Gustavo came as requested with his work truck and we loaded the 4 large suitcases and 4 backpacks and went to spend the night at his place.  It sure helps to have resourceful friends like this.  
We did our best to sleep in a strange bed in a quiet house (no white noise) and got a couple of hours in before we realized that we were listening to an intermittent sound like a faint cuckoo clock that has us counting half the night.  There would be usually 16 seconds of silence followed by from 4 to 22 seconds of cuckoos.  It was driving me...  cuckoo...  It wasn't until morning that we realized the sound was from the crosswalk signal on the corner... duh...


Ready to leave....
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday June 19, 2018 Busy


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Tuesday June 19, 2018
I sleep just enough to be functional but it is as cold as I have ever felt it in Cuenca.  I am actually using the heater function of my fancy humidifier   Even though I have trouble feeling cold or warm I am really noticing the cold.
I was up around 5am to get as many chores done as possible before jumping on Buzzer to handle the banking issues.  First I went to Banco Pichincha  and withdrew everything but $104, for any outstanding utilities and to leave the account active for any deposits for money owed, and for any Coopera payouts.
Then I rode Buzzer to Banco Del Austro and just closed the account, fed up that SRI did not deposit yet my IVA refunds for April or May.  In hindsight I should have left a minimum and left my card with Gustavo....  I am not necessarily thinking straight when I get angry at the Government here.
I had the maid come in at 10am with instructions to take her time and clean everything really well until 3:30 and I would pay her double her asking rate.  It was worth it to get a super clean place to turn over to the new owner.
I headed for my final Cuenca Camera Club meeting at a new location, Santa Canela Restaurant on Calle Larga for 1pm.  The President got lost coming from Chordeleg, after having been delayed by a rockslide, and arrived an hour late.  We amused ourselves watching the World Cup game between Russia (3) and Egypt (1).
Then I ran to get Buzzer gassed up for the Tuesday night bike ride and stopped at another bank to change $20's into $5's for a float for the OBG dance Wednesday.
I got home, paid off the maid, and headed for a much-needed nap before the ride.  At 6:15 I get a call from Gustavo that the group had decided to change the ride day to Wednesdays, which will of course conflict with the OBG dance so I guess I won't see them again...
Then Gustavo asked if I was hungry (I was) and he said he would pick me up at 6:45.  He wanted to go to the Golden Prague Restaurant where we had a Lager and a T-bone steak.  Heavenly....  We kept our coats on the whole time because it was so darn cold.  We also got to watch a local soccer game.
The Gustavo kindly drove me to the bus station for 10pm to await the arrival of my beautiful wife.  It turns out that she had left Quito around 2pm and showed up around 10:30pm.  She was so groggy that she almost walked right past me but when she saw me her smile was magnificent....  Then we headed straight for bed because we have such an important day Wednesday with the signing of the papers to sell the house and Buzzer, go witness the money transfer request, pay the realtor the balance, and then the OBD dance in the evening.  Thursday will be crazy as we finish packing and vacate...
I hope you enjoy the pictures, taken with the Motorola phone.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Sorry, I was really hungry before I remembered...

My good buddy Gustavo is looking after me..

I am so happy to have Cristina with me, for good