Monday, July 18, 2011

Everything Works Out the Way It's Suppose To

When we found our apartment a little over a year ago, we knew that it was the place for us. Although we had decided that we would rent, we wanted to buy, but the owner would not sell at that time. Everything always works out the way it's suppose to; I've seen this over and over, including now.

A couple of weeks ago, we were presented with the new rules and regulations of our building. Included in the new rules is one which prohibits pets. For those who currently have pets, they can stay; however, the pets must be registered with the administrator. Registration involved supplying multiple documents, including vet records and a photo. Additionally, you can not add another pet and in the event of the death of your pet, you can not replace him.

Everything does work out for the best and had we bought,we would be a bit stressed knowing that we could never have another puppy. Our building is in its second year of occupancy, and the new regulations were just legalized last month. For those who purchase, especially purchase hastily, you may not be getting what you think you're getting.

Everything works out for the best.

Until next time,
Mick and Kathy

Saturday, July 16, 2011

El Hato

Recently Mick, Pat, Sue, and I took a little road trip to Hosteria El Hato, located off the road to Loja at mile marker 35. The drive is lovely. The entrance is marked by a sign that marks the turn. After turning you wind down a narrow road for about a mile.

The views are spectacular.

There are many exotic birds, including ostriches.

This building houses the eventos area and pool.

The pool.

There are many exotic birds including a number of varieties of pheasants and chickens.

The grounds and gardens are quite lovely.

The fireplace in the sala.

The veranda overlooking the garden.

More of the garden area.

One of the suites, complete with jacuzzi, $35 per night.

An Andean orchid.

The proprietors, Veronica and Pablo, are residents of Cuenca and commute to the hosteria. They're very hospitable and accommodating. We were too early for lunch and were provided with coffee, homemade breads, cheese, and jams, all of which were delicious. It is well worth the drive.

Remember to dress warmly. We were dressed for Cuenca weather and about froze our buns off, so the roaring fire in the dining room fireplace was most inviting. If you feel the need to get out of the city for a few hours, head down to El Hato.

Until next time,

Mick and Kathy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sue!

Yesterday, Sue celebrated her 29th birthday! We helped celebrate last night at La Esquina...great company and a great dinner. Just as we were coming out of the restaurant, a fireworks display, complete with castillos and a band began. What an incredible ending for your birthday! Good job, Pat!
Happy birthday, Sue! We wish you many more happy birthdays in Cuenca.

Until next time,
Mick and Kathy

Friday, July 1, 2011

Legally Driving Again

Just a note. After having attended driving school almost 2 months ago, I decided it was time to take the plunge and join the other drivers of Cuenca. This morning I went to the national transit police, took the exam, paid $38, and received my new Ecuadorian drivers license. *Since Mick got his in March, the transit office has moved and the test is now administered via computer.

Until next time,
Mick and Kathy