Saturday, March 12, 2011

Caught up in other things.

Well I am supposed to be working on the new place in LaPaz but we have gotten caught up in other stuff.

First it was the Carnival, which lasted 5 days, and I didn't want to press my luck with police check points everywhere - you know driving without a license, no passport and an expired visa. Maybe we should check on our visas, so that would be the second thing slowing down progress. One day turned into two which produced results in 5 more days. We'll have our residency visas Wednesday, then we need to go to Quito for Cedulas and of course our Censos for Cuenca. So I guess it will be a couple of weeks before we get back to business.

In the mean time Barb has decided to start her animal collection.
This is where she started, at the Feria Libre in Cuenca. After hours of looking around - there must be a thousand vendors there - for the vendors with dogs and cats, oh did I mention she had directions - this is what she found.
She has a way of finding the most deserving animals for a new home. Her name is Mocosa Poco (little brat). In less that one day she has taken over the house and is lying asleep on my lap as I type this post.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Back to work - finally

Well, I think we are finally settled into the new apartment in Cuenca. Barb has yet to set up her office area, she is still working on a plastic card table with one bookcase and a plastic patio chair. I'll see if I can talk her into picking out some office furniture this week, then my job here will be done.

We have made several trips to the property in LaPaz in the last few weeks to determine the priorities of projects, get the land registered and test out the endurance of the new car - the road to Nabon will test the limits of any vehicle.
These young heifers have been hanging out on the place for a while, the land is flatter and the grass better than their home place about a half mile away.

The first thing that needs to be done in LaPaz is to secure the property. Because of the easy access from a brand new road going to Loja from Cuenca, the entrance to the property looks like a nice area for a rest stop. I met a military transport there yesterday who had that exact thought in mind. At any rate it seems my vacation in Ecuador is over - it's time to go back to work.