Today I find myself smiling a lot. It is a pretty normal day but I find myself feeling joy at every turn. For one thing, I am finally feeling like myself again with good energy and interest in projects. Whatever that flu bug was, it was a sneaky one.
Today began when a friend came over to fix a couple of household things we did not know how to repair. Len and I are in the bottom 1/3 of people in the world who are seriously "repair challenged". So it was great of this friend to take his time to do a few things for us. While Bill worked on "the list" we had some nice conversations going.
The buses here are diesel and pour out a ton of black smoke. Although no buses travel on our street, the air must have a lot of pollution. Come on, Cuenca! Get this changed to keep your gorgeous, magical city looking that way.
But some of the joy is that the city IS magical. The weather would not be ideal for some - it rains way more than I expected and there is nothing balmy about most evenings here. Yet there is a fresh crisp feel to the morning air each day. The Rio Yanuncay tumbles by, carrying off the rain that came overnight. It is fun to see each day how high it is running.
Today we went for almuerzo (lunch) in the heart of the historic district. Nectar is an organic vegetarian restaurant that uses only...well, nectar...to sweeten things. Lunch was great but what made it interesting was that there were several people we know at other tables. The owners of Nectar are Yanni and Tania, a charming couple who work very hard to assure that this restaurant is successful. It is located on Benigno Malo near Gran Colombia. The building is painted a deep red shade, go upstairs to find 3 rooms decorated in wonderful intense shades.
I love going to Nectar because I know that Tania will take care of me regarding being gluten (wheat/barley/rye) free. If the soup has barley in it, for example, she tells me and we discuss what she may substitute. It is very cool to feel relaxed that most food items on the menu will be safe for me to eat. Also the food is prepared in imaginative ways, organic and delicious.
Life today is very difficult for many people all over the world. I am so fortunate to be in Cuenca where my health is better and every day is an adventure.
What an incredible gift my life has become: to have the pleasure of living in Cuenca, Ecuador. Learning about a new culture. Trying new foods, meeting other people from the US who have elected to live out their years here. Learning from Ecuadorians about the history of South America.
So many things are unfamiliar here. And yet, I can say that a lot of my joy is related to the natural beauty and warm nature of Cuencanos. Many of the people of Cuenca, as I've mentioned before, are generous, kind, shy about speaking English, humorous and helpful.
I love life here every day. Thank you to my wonderful esposo Lenny Charnoff who generously gives me photos whenever I ask. Check out his new blog, cuencatechlife.wordpress.com
I hope some joy oozes out of this brief post and expands your day.