You Don’t Have To Be Lucky…

You just have to be present at the 2nd Artesan’s Fair at Bumba Restaurant.

Come and taste the finest products in Cuenca and shop for that unique gift at Bumba Restaurant. Cuenca’s best kept secret.

*Alpaca Hats
*Hand Knit Hats
*Organic Vegetables
*Mega Chips
*Hand Crafted Dolls
*Leather Wallets

A drawing for a door prize every 20 minutes. You don’t have to be present to win.

Saturday, Jan. 27th , from 10 AM to 2 PM, 3 de Noviembre on the Riverfront right next to the Old Sofy’s restaurant.

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What Did The Salmon Say When He Swam Into A Wall?


I promise not to tell any more fish jokes if you come to the 2nd Artesans’s Bazaar at The Vegetable Bar Saturday April 29th from 9:00am – 1:00 pm

I will have all the usual suspects for sale

  • Salmon (Fresh and Smoked)
  • Trout (Fresh and Smoked)
  • Tilapia (Fresh And Smoked)
  • Paiche
  • Organic Shrimp

And, if you tell me to never tell a fish joke again you can get a 50% discount on the following

  • Tilapia
  • Smoked Tilapia
  • Trout Caviar

Plus, my favorite vendors will be there selling

  • Sourdough bread
  • Flavored Cream Cheeses
  • Indian Food
  • Gourmet Cheeses

Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish is essential to living in Ecuador. When we first arrive in Ecuador we go through stages.

  1. Little or no Spanish and dependent on translators or Spanish speaking friends.
  2. Restaurant/Taxi Spanish. We know some directions and how to order food
  3. Baby Spanish – we can get around but we get strange looks
  4. Pre- Conversant Spanish – We still get strange looks but most of our conversation makes sense
  5. Conversant Spanish – We have our favorite verbs and in Cuenca use “dolarito” and cafecito”

I take Spanish lessons from a very competent teacher. She comes to your home and customizes the lessons for your level. I take lessons twice a week and I can now go to the IESS appointments without a translator. I shop at the Indigenous Organic Markets and can recognize all the different fruits and vegetables. I can also go to utility companies and find solution to problems.

My teacher is Linda Astudillo.  Her contact information.

Email –

Phone – 097 9072715

Linda understands most English but is mostly Spanish speaking. Her rates are $10 an hour for private lessons and has a sliding scale for couples or groups.

Pro Photo & Video Gear For Sale

  • Canon EOS T4i 18 mega pixel DSLR Camera 18 – 135mm Canon Lens 2.5 years old. Mint Condition. Purchased in the U.S. $1100. Will sell for $650
  • Ravell i Pro Tripod 70 inch tripod with head. Never used. Comes with carrying case
  • RODE Pro Video Mic. Mint condition
  • Camera Bag for Canon
  • LED Video Light
  • 32 gb memory card for Canon

Will sell all six items for $800 or just the Camera for $650

Prices are firm.  099 122 1238

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my heart lives in two places – more

my heart lives in two places – more

A must read for anyone considering expatriating

Cuenca Quilt Guilt

I wrote a few weeks ago about the interesting split I feel after choosing to leave my country of birth (the USA) for an exciting, new experience in my retirement years in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Well, I have a few more thoughts to share. My husband and I launched ourselves on an incredible cultural journey about 3 years ago. We live permanently in Cuenca, Ecuador.  We visit the US every 6 – 12 months to see family and friends.  We also stock up on a few things important to us that are not available in Ecuador.  What, you ask?  Things like all cotton quilting fabric, gluten-free products, new hi tech products, good socks, yeah, just little stuff important in our daily lives.

I continue to feel strongly supportive of the US, although I am very disillusioned to the point of desperation about the intractable problems with things like:  how to get…

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