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.

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.

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.



Flickr And Other Photo Sharing Services

I have always used the one latte theory to justify a software expense. What this means in plain English is that if a software service that I think I need is $3.00(one latte) or less a month that its a no brainer for me to purchase.  This is why I subscribe to the Pro Version of Flickr. I save on the average of 150 photos a month. I don’t want to  store them on my computer or IPad so I use Flickr.  I can show friends and family a gallery or individual shots or share an entire trip with just a web address. On my Ipad I can show a slideshow and on the Apple TV I can show the photos displayed in High Definition.

USA Today does a great job of explaining the difference between the all the services at this article. This is a must read for anyone considering using a photo sharing service.

The  five photo sharing accounts reviewed are

  • Flickr
  • Picasa
  • Photobucket
  • Shutterfly
  • Starfish

I use the Flickr Pro version because of the Social Media attributes. With the Pro Version you can create unlimited photo groups. These groups are the equivalent of Facebook friends groups but with photos and discussion forums.