Earthquake & Tourism

Ecuador desperately needs help to recover from the devastating earthquake on the coast, and it seems that tourism, along with exports of roses, cocoa, bananas and shrimp, can help pay for the $3million+ it will cost to rebuild.

June July & August are the perfect months to visit Ecuador from Texas, or anywhere in the southern U.S.A. where it’s hot and humid. Those are the months where the whales come to visit Ecuador, and my favorite months to go to the coast here.

Here’s a wonderful travelogue, titled Ecuador: the Royal Tour, hosted by El Presidente himself, Rafael Correa, along with Peter Greenberg. It’s a great sendup of Ecuador’s diversity, and includes wonderful videos of the whales, the Galapagos, Quito, The Amazon. It just doesn’t show anything of the city here that I love, Cuenca.

 

It’s a great show, but it misses out on the city where I live, Cuenca.

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Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jig.

Hubby and I came home to Cuenca the evening of the big earthquake in Ecuador, after a month in Texas. Thankfully, for us, anyway, neither Cuenca nor our condo had any damage. As we were flying, the news of the earthquake forced the plane to first turn back to Houston and then later turn around again to land in Panama to wait until the Quito airport opened. Which it did, after about 2-3 hours waiting in the plane at the Panama airport.

Not so lucky for the ‘damnificados’ as those affected by the earthquake¬†are called in Spanish on the coast. Such an apt term. Many died, even more hurt, and muchimos have lost their homes and livlihoods. It will be a couple of years before life is back to normal for many coastal residents. Shades of Katrina. So sad.

Many Ecuadorians, expats and many countries are stepping up to donate time, money, goods, food, water, etc. Solidarity in times of chaos and crisis. Probably will still never be enough.

Facebook pictures, videos and first hand accounts of on the ground issues and then later rescue efforts have kept us all informed but my guess is that it’s much worse than anyone can imagine.

Had to go to the dentist for a cleaning ($28) this week, which I hate hate hate having to do. Haven’t been for a year and she says I need to come every 6 months. Then she discovered a problem. Am told I have a gum ‘pocket’ and perhaps one or 2 damaged crowns, and maybe cavities under the crowns. Yikes. Went for a panoramic xray & dental tooth xray ($32) and am back at the dentist manana for the next step to take/have done. New crown, gum work, cavity to fill, maybe even bone work or implant, I have no idea.

However, in light of the devastation of lives that have impacted so many, so horribly, my little tooth/gum issue is nothing. Just aggravation.

I am truly blessed.

It’s been awhile….

It’s been a long while since my last posting. We’ve bought our own place, been back to Texas a few times, traveled quite a bit to wonderful places farther south in South America, and are now into our 3rd year in Cuenca. I love it here! The weather can’t be beat, the fresh produce is delicious, the lifestyle is one I truly enjoy.

This will be the last blog post for 2 Texas Gals. I am going to splinter off and begin my own blog about living and enjoying Ecuador. You will be able to find me at:

2cuencaretirees.wordpress.com

I hope you will join me there!