90 Seconds On The Streets Of Cuenca

One of the joys of living in this city is being able to capture fantastic video clip on the street.  Construction is everywhere.  Kids are wonderful subjects along with the Mimes , street vendors, beautiful churches and of course my favorite cows grazing in front of my condo rental.

Photo Sharing Services (Revisit)

In a previous post I mentioned Flickr, Picasa and other photo sharing services.  One of the advantages of Flickr is that it does not compress your original photo.  This could be a problem for you using other photo services if you ever erase the original from your had drive.

In the screenflow video below I demonstrate how I use Flickr to upload photos from my computer.

The Dangerous Streets Of Cuenca (Sarcasm)

We are having a challenge convincing some important people in our lives to come visit us in Cuenca so Sharon and I created this video of our  barrio (neighborhood).  The video is a little longer than most of the videos I create but I think it’s worth a view because of Sharon’s sense of humor and insight.

The Big Race

At 10:30 this morning I called a taxi for a trip to El Centro. The taxi company told me that they couldn’t get me to El Centro because of the big race.  My guess is that it’s similar to a big city Marathon in North America.  I thought I could catch a bus – No luck.  I walked the 3 miles.  There were large crowds cheering the runners on in two locations. I finally made it to my appointment.  The video below is a 30 second clip of the race.

Doce de Abril

Doce de Abril is Founding Day in Cuenca. The city was named in 1557 thus making it 455 years old.  There are lots of celebrations, parades, fireworks and craft shows. The holiday lasts 4 days and today I walked from home to the Coopera food market (about 3 miles).  I always enjoy the buzz of the city but especially today since there were so many people on the street.

I would like to invite some comments and conversation about the first 21 second of the video.  There is a local street vendor entertaining the traffic on Doce de Abril y Solano.  That is not uncommon but off camera when I gave her a coin I asked the young entertainer her age and she is 8 years old.

Alternatives To Skype

On the Facebook Ecuador Expat Group there is a lively discussion about Skype and Magic Jack. I thought I would begin a series of posts on this blog and talk about some Skype alternatives.  Don’t get me wrong Skype is a powerful program and runs on many platforms. Microsoft shelled out 8.5 billion dollars for a reason.

I hop we will get both Cuencanos, North Americans and others to post about their experiences.  The Screenflow video below is just to get the ball rolling.

Tale Of Two Cities

On Good Friday, Cuenca was a ghost town. All the busy streets had little traffic. You can see the sparse traffic in the first video.  There were few taxis on the road and the bus wait was not bad but triple the normal amount of time.  Fast forward one day and in the second video you can see the city’s back to normal with lots of traffic.

 

 

Video Sharing Services – YouTube

How popular is your YouTube(Google owned) video? YouTube is the second most visited web site after Google.com. I upload 90% of my videos to YouTube for the following reasons:

  • Universal recognition around the world
  • Easy and intuitive User Interface
  • Free and unlimited storage including High Definition
  • Superb analytics

It’s the 4th bullet point I want to briefly discuss in the screenflow video below and a certain beautiful Moluccan Cockatoo is the reason for many of my views.