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Thursday September 8, 2016
OK, this was a nutso day, starting with a 4:30 wake-up to be at the Clinica La Paz by 6am for Cristina's hernia operation at 7am. We arrived at 5:45 to be greeted with closed doors, meaning we stood outside in the cool morning air until a nurse finally opened the doors at 6:10 (bloody Ecuador time).
After that, the Doctor was on time, the surgery on time, the recovery on time, but she had to remain at the clinic for 24 hours. I went upstairs to the cafeteria on the 4th floor and had a nice $3 breakfast and enjoyed the spectacular views while she was in surgery. One hour after surgery you would never know that Cristina had had an operation, she was all smiles and in good humour. Then I would run home to walk the dogs, return to visit, repeat.....
I rushed downtown to the beautiful Mansion Alcazar to hear friends Lynne Nadeau from Montreal and Umberto Ballone and a piano player called Robert from 6-8pm. I was hoping to grab supper there but, that wasn't happening, ... and most menu items were well over $30. Umberto had a virus and lost his voice, so we were down to the two performers who were absolutely excellent!!! Here is a short video of Lynne doing part of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company C:
Apparently Robert has been playing at the mansion every Thursday for 5 years, and I don't know that we have ever met.
I was starving, so I bugged out about 7:20 to get a burger and a brownie at Nuna before heading out with the Herederos. I gotta say, the burger was pretty good, as was the brownie.
More new people joining the ride tonight which started off running down Remigio Crespo again, to Loja, to Calle Larga and a stop near the Goza Cafe. I then asked where they were headed, and they said to Banos, which is in the opposite dirsction, so I begged off there and headed home to the anxious dogs.
I hope you enjoy the photos. That was the day's excitement, Cheers, Al
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|Checking in for the tests before surgery|
|The room she was assigned to at Clinica La Paz|
|The room hasn't been cleaned in a while|
|Her bed next to a kind indigenous lady|
|Gowned and ready to go under the knife.|
|Some great views from the 4th floor cafeteria's panoramic windows|
|A view to the glorious morning dawning over our area|
|Gorgeous roses for centerpieces|
|Red ones too|
|Cute little arrangements|
|All smiles after surgery|
|Lots of action not far from the 12 de Abril mercado|
|All kinds of food for sale|
|Smiling and ready to go home|
|Pianist Robert was very good|
|Lynne sang a lot of favourites|
|She is a polished performer|
|She has a great voice!|
|Standing room only to watch these performers|
|Beautiful setting for such a concert|
|Latecomers had to sit upstairs|
|Lynne gets right into her songs|
|Robert played many familiar favourites as well|
|View from above|
|A very well-appointed place|
|Lynne doing another set|
|Love the facial expressions|
|This is the skylight|
|Love this hat collection|
|This has to be an antique..|
|The Herederos gathering|
|Sister and brother|
|A few bikes on hand to ride tonight|
|A stop near the Goza Cafe|
|Two of the newcomers|
|A passerby wanted a photo with moto|
|Dr Miguel wanted a portrait|
|All geared for the ride|
|Lovely smiles from some riders|