Saturday, 16 March 2013

Living the Life Ecuador Coast

Here a year and still loving it!

Images taken while walking around

Coming in for a fill up

"How are you doing, Bert?" "OK, Fred."

Where is that delivery boy?

I have my eye on you!!!

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Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
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Above is a snap shot from the blog to give you an idea of where the hits are coming from. It changes from day to day, but as you can see, interest is spread far and wide.

We are one year here! 

We came here a year ago, and I have been producing the blog since then, detailing many of the events that have shaped our stay here. We have made many friends, and lost a few.
We have seen a sharp increase in the number of people coming here to see if this is a place that they would like to retire to.

This increase can be attributed to a number of factors, but it seems that the majority of people have been  swayed by the bombardment of ads on the internet by companies that in some way would profit from the promotion of Ecuador as a retirement haven.
As you can see by the above snapshot, there is interest from around the world. That apart, we have been able to blend in and enjoy the country we now call home.
Now that we have traveled through all of the seasons, our next year will be very different. Our first year was spent settling in, getting to know our neighbors, and learning customs and the language. 

We arrived here when it was wet, and it is wet again. Having a home here is no different from the country we came from. There is always maintenance to be carried out. Part of blending in with the local community is that you get to know where things are and how to get things done.
Where we came from, the internet and the yellow pages covered most of what you needed to know to find a product or a service. Here, a small number of businesses take advantage of the internet, and there are no yellow pages. So it comes down to personal and community knowledge. You know somebody that knows somebody who can provide that service or make a repair that needs to be done.
There are frustrations living here that to outsiders are hampering the development of the country. But in reality that is how things are done here. And just because we are here will not make change happen any faster. Embrace the country you now call home; and remember, the country you came from is not perfect.

Sin Bar

Art: love it, hate it. What is art? Everybody has their own idea of what art is. Sin Bar is hosting an exhibition of art and music this month, March 29th and 30th, starting at 17:00 hrs.(5PM)
So get yourself down there and support your local artists. You may be surprised to see the amount of talent out there.

Where we live, we have a great cinema. They get all the new titles, and for the most part, they are in English with Spanish subtitles. Such a deal when they have two for one; it works out to just $2.00 each. 

There is a magazine that I read and it is available on the internet. So if you enjoy the back story of the film industry, then this magazine can certainly put you there. Below is the link. Enjoy!


March 15, 44 B.C. - Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome by Brutus and fellow conspirators. After first trying to defend himself against the murderous onslaught, Caesar saw Brutus with a knife and asked "Et tu, Brute?" (You too, Brutus?) Caesar then gave up the struggle and was stabbed to death.
Birthday - Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) the 7th U.S. President was born in a log cabin in Waxhaw, South Carolina. As a boy he volunteered to serve in the American Revolution. Captured by the British, he refused an order to clean an officer's boots and was slashed by his sword. Jackson later gained fame as a hero during the War of 1812. In politics he helped form the new Democratic Party and became the first man from an impoverished background to be elected President, serving from 1829 to 1837.
March 16
March 16, 1968 - During the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre occurred as American soldiers of Charlie Company murdered 504 Vietnamese men, women, and children. Twenty-five U.S. Army officers were later charged with complicity in the massacre and subsequent cover-up, but only one was convicted, and later pardoned by President Richard Nixon.
March 16, 1968 - New York Senator Robert Kennedy announced his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Birthday - James Madison (1751-1836) the 4th U.S. President was born in Port Conway, Virginia. He played an important role in the formation of the new U.S. Constitution following the American Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812, President Madison was forced to flee Washington, D.C,. while the British attacked and burned the White House and other important public buildings.
March 17
March 17th - Celebrated as Saint Patrick's Day commemorating the patron saint of Ireland.
March 17, 1776 - Early in the American Revolutionary War the British completed their evacuation of Boston following a successful siege conducted by Patriots. The event is still commemorated in Boston as Evacuation Day.
Birthday - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney (1777-1864) was born in Calvert County, Maryland. He became the 5th Chief Justice in 1836, best known for the Dred Scott decision.
March 18
March 18, 1974 - The five-month-old Arab oil embargo against the U.S. was lifted. The embargo was in retaliation for American support of Israel during the Yom Kipper War of 1973 in which Egypt and Syria suffered a crushing defeat. In the U.S., the resulting embargo had caused long lines at gas stations as prices soared 300 percent amid shortages and a government ban on Sunday gas sales.
Birthday - Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) the 22nd and 24th U.S. president was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. He was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms and was also the only president to be married in the White House.
March 19
March 19, 2003 - The United States launched an attack against Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from power. The attack commenced with aerial strikes against military sites, followed the next day by an invasion of southern Iraq by U.S. and British ground troops. The troops made rapid progress northward and conquered the country's capital, Baghdad, just 21 days later, ending the rule of Saddam.
Birthday - William Bradford (1589-1657) was born in Yorkshire, England. He sailed aboard theMayflower during its 66-day voyage from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts in 1620. The small ship carried over 100 passengers and a crew of 30. It was originally bound for Virginia but landed far north on Cape Cod. The Mayflower Compact was then drawn up as a form of government. Bradford became the first governor of the new Plymouth Colony, serving a total of 30 years, and was largely responsible for its success.
Birthday - Explorer and medical missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873) was born in Blantyre, Scotland. He arrived at Cape Town, Africa, in 1841 and began extensive missionary explorations, often traveling into areas that had never seen a white man. In his later years, he sought the source of the Nile River. He also became the subject of the famous search by news correspondent Henry Stanley who located him in 1871 near Lake Tanganyika in Africa after a difficult search and simply asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Birthday - Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) was born in Monmouth, Illinois. He became a legendary figure in the Wild West as a lawman and gunfighter, best known for the shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881, in which the Earp brothers (Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan) fought and defeated the Ike Clanton gang.
Birthday - American politician William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was born in Salem, Illinois. He was defeated three times as a candidate for the presidency. He advocated a "free silver" monetary standard through unlimited coinage of silver rather than the gold standard. During a speech at the 1896 Democratic convention he electrified the delegates, stating, "You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!" In 1925, he was the successful prosecutor in the Scopes 'monkey' trial in which a teacher was convicted of violating Tennessee's Anti-Evolution Bill forbidding the teaching of the theory of evolution. However, he died just 5 days after the verdict.
March 20, 1995 - A nerve gas attack occurred on the Tokyo subway system during rush hour resulting in 12 persons killed and 5,000 injured. Japanese authorities later arrest the leader and members of a Japanese religious cult suspected in the attack.
Birthday - American psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He pioneered theories of behaviorism and developed the Skinner box, a controlled environment for studying behavior.
March 21
March 21, 1918 - During World War I, the Second Battle of the Somme began as German General Erich von Ludendorff launched an all-out drive to win the war. The battle began with a five-hour artillery barrage followed by a rush of German troops. The offensive lasted until April 6th and resulted in the Germans gaining about 35 miles of territory. Allied and German casualty figures for both battles approached 500,000.
March 21, 1943 - A suicide/assassination plot by German Army officers against Hitler failed as the conspirators were unable to locate a short fuse for the bomb which was to be carried in the coat pocket of General von Gersdorff to ceremonies Hitler was attending.
Birthday - Organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eissenach, Germany. His output included thousands of compositions, many used in churches. Among his best known works; The Brandenburg Concertos for orchestra, The Well-Tempered Clavier for keyboard, the St. John and St. Matthew passions, and the Mass in B Minor.