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Michael and I have always had the travel bug, our latest adventure brought us to Easter Island, Chile.   It was an adventure!

A little background for this story. Way, way back when we lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we found a garden statue, we HAD to buy it, it was an Easter Island Guy!! We  had always said that Easter Island was a place we wanted to see, so the garden statue made us laugh and smile, and when we moved back to Illinois, we brought our Moai Carving with us to Round Lake, and placed it in our garden.

We were very privileged to have great neighbors.  One neighbor had two young children and they enjoyed our little touches of a bird house and our Moai carving.

When we were moving and getting ready for our transition to Ecuador we decided to have a Garage Sale, and our Easter Island guy had to be sold, our neighbors came over and said they couldn’t let the Statue go, apparently their children had gotten used to getting up, eating their cereal and looking out in the yard and seeing “Dumb Dumb”, (Google the movie, “Night at the Museum”).  So they bought our guy, and we were happy that it would be enjoyed by the kids.

Our yard in Round Lake, Illinois

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Recently we were researching airfares for me to go and visit my Mom in Florida, and we stumbled upon incredibly low airfares for Easter Island.  EASTER ISLAND????? We didn’t think twice.

OK, low airfare meant a nightmare of travel. We flew from Cuenca to Quito, where we spent 22 hours in the airport,  22 hours of sitting on really hard chairs, then a flight to Guayaquil,  from there we flew  to Santiago, Chile, where we spent the night in a hotel, in the morning it was back to the airport for our early morning flight  to Easter Island.  But it was so, so worth the travel time.

It was an incredibly mystical, peaceful place.

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During our time on Easter Island we met wonderful people, and adventurous travelers.

It was a truly magical place.

It made us think about the things that really matter; forgive quickly, love honestly, laugh often, and keep life simple.

 We believe that the journey is more important than the destination.

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Custom Made Items

When we moved to Cuenca we didn’t ship a container with our belongings, so we have accumulated furniture along the way. With the exception of two tables, and two chairs, we have had all of our furniture custom made, most of it has been WONDERFUL, the Herman Munster sofa and loveseat are the exceptions, LOL!

We had seen a really interesting, very Ecuadorian, table and chair set in a small shop in El Centro, however it was built to accommodate Ecuadorians, which means it was too small for us. The height of the chairs and table was too low, and the seats of the chairs were not deep enough, so we asked if they would build us one with dimensions we would provide. They agreed and in about two weeks we had our set.  It is “rustic” and we love the triangular shape.

It has been our intention to have chair pads crafted from the fabric left over from the Herman Munster furniture fiasco, and a nice table-cloth made.

A few weeks ago, a friend of our’s sister was coming to visit and we wanted to have them over for lunch, so it was an incentive to at least get the tablecloth made.  Finding a tablecloth in the shape of a triangle in a store is IMPOSSIBLE. So I went to a very nice fabric store that made several other tablecloths, as well as our bedskirts, for us at very reasonable prices.   I picked out my fabric, and showed an English  speaking woman working in the store a sketch of the table.  I explained that ALL three sides were the same size, I gave her the dimensions in centimeters. She did the calculations and determined I needed to buy two meters of fabric.  OK, that was fine.  This was a Tuesday, and my tablecloth would be ready on Saturday.

Saturday morning we went to the store and were  greeted with the usual smiles we always receive. A different sales girl, not the one I worked with the day I placed my order, very proudly handed me my bag with my new custom table cloth.  I pulled it out to inspect it,  and I was like “What the Hell???????”  The thing they produced would barely make a bandana (OK that is an exaggeration), but suffice to say it was TINY, and they gave me about a mile of leftover fabric.

Michael was with me, so of course he spoke up stating that this was wrong. The store staff  promptly pulled out the diagram I had left with them when I  ordered the table cloth  to show me that it had been made to my specifications. By this time the store owner came over and was gently defending the size of the cloth. We kept insisting that  it was wrong, and we had given the right dimensions, we then strongly asked;  “Why on earth would we pay for two meters of fabric if we only needed a tablecloth for a Barbie Dollhouse size table?”   Then the woman who had originally helped me walked over and acknowledged that I had given the proper dimensions, thus her suggestion of two meters of fabric, and that the woman who had done the cutting and seamstress work had made an error.   OK, the owner starting measuring the leftover over fabric to see if it would accommodate what we needed, and he assured us it would. He took the measurements himself, and said we were lucky, there was JUST enough fabric leftover. I was thinking to myself – what do you mean, “we are lucky”, there would have been no way Michael would have walked out of that store having to pay for more fabric.  Anyway, problem solved, they will make another one, the right size, of course it wouldn’t be ready for our lunch guests, but oh well.

A week goes by, we get the call the new tablecloth is ready. Michael went to pick it up yesterday.  They overcharged him $5.00, apparently they forgot I left a deposit. Michael got home, we pulled out the tablecloth and guess what – its TOO SMALL AGAIN. We had specified that in addition to the size of the table, we wanted a 10″ ( 26 centimeters) hangover, the owner acknowledged that while he was taking the measurements of the leftover fabric from the first time around!! 

And again, they sent along the leftover material. The seamstress simply cut a huge triangle, and stitched it up.

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Our Triangular shaped table

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We really liked the idea of the glass in the middle, we bought fabric to scrunch under it and placed a triangular shaped tile we had bought in Quito to accent it.

 First Table Cloth

   First go round , does it look like it possibly fits??  I will use it as a shawl. LOL.

Second Tab;e Cloth

This is the second attempt at getting a triangular Tablecloth made. 

 

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The three points on the table have the 10 inch drop, but the three sides, NOT SO MUCH.  Too funny.  Gotta laugh.

Leftover material     The seamstress simply chopped a triangle out of the fabric.  At least we have enough to have matching placemates made, NOT at the same store! 

Too funny, the second time around, and the seamstress did the SAME thing, only it was on a larger scale. 

Oh well, whadda ya gonna do? 

By the way, our friends came for lunch with their visitor, we had a nice afternoon and took a stroll

Just a few pics of the wonderful people we met  during our walk.

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Cuenca’s soccer team was playing that day, that is why the kids all have matching jerseys.

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Man and Boy   Two brothers Lady with bag

Some things work out, some don’t and then you take a random walk and get a chance to exchange smiles.

Cuenca, gotta love it!!!!

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