Thursday, 29 November 2012

Living the Life Ecuador Coast

America
Thanksgiving
Black Friday

It seems that the extremes have been reached when one day, you are with your family sitting down to eat a meal and being thankful for the country you live in and the way of life it provides......
Then, the very next day, and in some cases the same day, hordes of people like lemmings hurl themselves at the stores in a buying frenzy.
Over the years that I lived in the U.S., I witnessed a great tradition being upheld, but for the last few years, the trend has been to have the shops open earlier and earlier, so the shops can capture more of the frenzied shoppers.
This year, we spent it here in Ecuador with very nice people and enjoyed wonderful food, conversation, and a  balmy evening sunset.
However, we could not get away from the news that workers were being strong armed into working on Thanksgiving Day or face losing their jobs. Where have the values of the tradition gone?
BBQ by the pool

Mary on the left

Ed, the host, carving the turkey

Janice, the hostess, looking relaxed

Jean after a lemonade

Ed and Randy taking a break

There was still some food left

Enjoying the food and conversation

Here are a few images of our Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!


This Month

In 1823 James Monroe 5th president of the United States addressed the congress and proclaimed the Monroe doctrine, which in short said that if any European country tried to colonize North or South America, this would be seen as an act of aggression.