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Globos in Cuenca

Michael and I were really intrigued about these unusual things we would see floating in the sky during celebrations here in Cuenca, they are called Globos. They are kind of like a weird kite with a flame that inflates them, and then they float into the night. They are really cool to watch, so we decided to buy one and try it out. The plan was to get it going and tie it to a string to have it hover in our yard, if all went well, we were going to bring one to a Christmas Party we went to last Saturday.

The GLOBO, was a NO GO. It inflated – for about 2 minutes.

Oh well we tried.

About 4,000 of these were released last Friday, they are beautiful to see float in the night sky.

Cuenca, gotta love it!!!

A few pics of our attempts at releasing a Globo, LOL!

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Another Great Day

We haven’t updated the blog lately because Blogspot.com informed us that we have used up all of our storage for photographs and they want us to pay a fee for more, so we decided to transfer the blog to WordPress, and like a dope, I am having a few problems getting used to the new site. So if you have problems viewing or opening this, please let me know

We have been REALLY busy for the past few weeks. Michael has been going to Poker Tournaments and he is becoming quite the card player, some are private games at people’s homes, nothing high stake, $10.00 gets you into the game, and other events are poker games to raise money for the Messengers of Peace orphanage in Yungilla. Last week I went to a Dominos tournament, the funds raised were also for the Orphanage. I knew NOTHING about Dominos, but I ended up really enjoying the afternoon.

We went to Yungilla with our neighbor last Friday and visited the Orphanage again. The higher functioning residents go to work Monday through Friday at a local estate that has five homes with lush gardens that the “Orphans” tend to. The place was like something out of a movie.

After we left the Orphanage, our neighbor took us to see her weekend home she had built in Yungilla. OMG, this place was phenomenal, but we didn’t want to be rude and take photographs of her residence. The Yungilla valley is located at a lower altitude, so it is much warmer. Every house in her “development” had a pool, and so did hers, only it had a twist!!! Remember the scene in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” where the dance floor in the gym opens up and a pool is underneath – same thing. Her deck slides open to reveal a big beautiful pool! It was fantastic! While we were sitting in the living room chatting, Michael mentioned that he assumed that the sky at night must be beautiful. Our neighbor was delighted that Michael was a “Sky” guy, and proceeded to grab a remote, press a button, and a section of the ceiling slid open to reveal the beautiful blue sky. She said her husband LOVES the stars and wanted to able to see them from inside the house, UNBELIEVABLE!!! By the way, he is an architect and designed the home.

We had a wonderful day visiting the Orphanage, the beautiful grounds of the estate, and our neighbors weekend residence. And to top it off, we have been invited to go to her house with her for a few days between Christmas and New Year, in her words, “So we can have some swimming and star gazing”. What a truly nice invitation from a truly nice neighbor.

Cuenca, gotta love it.

Here are a few pics of the estate where the “Orphans” tend to the grounds, stunningly beautiful.

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