Monday, May 29, 2017

Cuenca's Seven Acre Market - Feria Libre

"Wherever possible, I like to use home-grown or locally produced ingredients."
-- Mary Berry

Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site for its beautiful historic buildings. Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca is 2500 meters (8200 feet) high in the Andes mountains. With tourists focused on architecture, it is easy for them to miss what could be a highlight of their trip.

In my opinion, the Feria Libre seven acre market is a must see. People travel from miles around to buy and sell goods. It even has it's own bus terminal. Buyers know this is where they will find the lowest prices. Entrepreneurs rent space knowing good products will move quickly.

While it is open every day, Saturdays and Wednesdays are the busiest. More people come those days, knowing the most products are available. Vibrant colors and numerous aromas fill the senses from all around.

The produce sections encompass areas surrounding the building exterior as well as large areas within them.

Neatly arranged produce at an indoor vendor

Friday, May 26, 2017

#WATWB - Clean Drinking Water

This is my first post for the We Are The World Blogfest, which occurs on the last Friday of every month.

I chose a story I wrote about a man providing clean drinking water to thousands in coastal Ecuador.

A few weeks after the April 16, 2016 7.8 Ecuador earthquake, Tennessee pastor Gary Vance arrived in Puerto Lopez. He had a suitcase full of water filters and a plan - provide clean drinking water for those who needed it.

Installed water filter post-earthquake, Ecuador
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance

Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Are The World Blogfest

I will be participating in the We Are The World Blogfest on the last Friday of each month.

What is the #WATWB?
Social media and news in recent times has been filled with hate and negativity. Just as you cannot fight darkness, only light lamps, Hate and Negativity cannot be fought. You need to bring Love and Positivity forward instead.

If you’re tired of negativity and strife on blogs and social media, check out the We Are the World Blogfest!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rain in the Classroom

"We get rained on while sitting at our desks."
-- Augustine, high school student in Puerto Lopez

A friend asked if we could help a Puerto Lopez student, Augustine, with his leaky classroom roof.

Augustine gave us a school tour and explained the issue - students unlucky enough to sit under holes in the roof get wet during rains. They remove their books so they don't ruin them. Government funding was not available because the school was slated to be replaced.
Roof in need of repair
I wondered how could anyone learn in that environment.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Guayaquil's Historic Park Wildlife

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
-- Gary Snyder

Free attractions abound in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. I highlighted three in an earlier post. One of my favorites is a historical park full of plants and animals.

Parque Histórico (Historic Park) is a relaxing retreat in the big city. The park has three distinct areas - wildlife, historic architecture, and traditional lifestyle. Today I focus only on wildlife.

The park's plants and animals are all native to Ecuador. Some animals injured in the wild find homes here.

Meandering through the park, pausing frequently to listen to the birds is a relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon. Raised walkways provide incredible proximity for visitors.

Visitors are close to nature on raised walkways
Parque Histórico

Let's meet some residents!

Monday, May 8, 2017

A to Z Reflections 2017 #AtoZChallenge

I survived the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and earned a badge!

It is tradition for participants to post reflections after the Challenge. Here are mine.