Hola from Cuenca, Ecuador.
I have been reminded by two bright women that I haven’t blogged in a while. Thank you Kathy and Bridget. So, with a bit of a loving push, here I go.
I’ve fallen into a beautiful routine of going to Spanish school, going to the yoga mat, and just walking around town discovering what’s here. Where can I buy coconut oil in this town? Who sells the freshest flowers?
Studying Spanish anchors the days. I’ve attended two Spanish school. The first school was in a beautiful 18th century building. Class was just me and my teacher, Juan, two hours a day, five days a week. I signed up for a month and my brain almost blew up. I loved it, and it was very intense, and I learned much. My ear just needs more training and time.
Next, I found “ Coffee Club Spanish.” This course is six weeks, twice a week and I am one of seven students. I love this class even more. Our homework is to read a chapter in Patricia va a California (my best guess is that a Spanish speaking third grader could read it) and then we discuss in Spanish followed by new material. The lessons truly motivate me to keep going. Anna, my teacher, is the best. After class, I usually go to breakfast and rewrite and review my notes, just like a good student should.
Bob and I have met some wonderful people. I join a group of women on Monday’s for Spanish Scrabble. More Spanish study! (Ann and Mary, you would be proud)
Many of our friends love to hike, and one likes to go to the thermal baths with me! Hiking continues to be a big focus for us and we have been on many, one being partly guided by a delightful Ecuadorian woman and her son. Bob has a new pair of hiking boots and a new back pack!
Yoga takes part of my days either at home on the roof or at the yoga studio with Chris.
Whenever a church is open, I stop in to light a candle for family and health.
So, as you can see, life is full of everything I love. Our next stop is Peru for July and part of August and then back to the states to say “Hey.”