Posts made in December, 2013

Holiday Sights in Cotacachi

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Holiday Sights in Cotacachi

Back in the U.S. there are parades, and they can be colorful, fun to watch and beautifully executed.  Here in Cotacachi, the parades are often colorful  and fun to watch, as well, but they have an element of community and inclusion of more members of society than we normally see in the states.  By inclusion I mean that a wide range of ages usually participates, and it is not unusual to have children leading or playing important roles.  The featured image shows two small children walking at the beginning of a parade, and representing Mary and Joseph.  Naturally such little ones are...

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Finding an Angel in Otavalo

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Finding an Angel in Otavalo

In my wanderings around Otavalo yesterday, I came across several angels on a vendor’s table near Plaza de los Ponchos (the largest indigenous market in South America) and perhaps the most well known attraction for tourists in Otavalo. The angels were simple, carved from wood and hand painted.  I was attracted by their simple and somewhat rustic elegance. For some reason I walked by the first time and decided I would come back in a few minutes after I found something to eat.  I was very hungry and decided to buy mango slices from a woman selling them from her mobile cart. The mango was...

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Christmas in Cotacachi

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Christmas in Cotacachi

It won’t be long until Christmas arrives, and there are some tell tale signs around Cotacachi.   For one thing the city has already had the crews engaged to set up a nativity scene in the center of Parque La Matriz. A few days ago, out came the animal and human figures for the scene and workers busily erected supports and created a thatched roof with long strands of soft dry grass that sways whenever the wind blows through. The scene is encircled with multi-colored barricades, and more touches will be added to the scene as the day approaches. The other tell tale sign is not seen, but...

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Oh, Christmas Tree! Paper Clips to the Rescue!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Oh, Christmas Tree! Paper Clips to the Rescue!

December Holiday observances in the Americas, North or South, is a time of celebration, a time of reflection, and many activities which bring people together.  Here in Cotacachi, we do not have as much diversity of religious faiths as in the United States, so one sees Christmas themed celebrations and decorations for the most part.  This is my second Christmas in Cotacachi and at the time of this post I have now been in Ecuador for a year and three weeks. I decided to decorate the space in my office so many can enjoy a few festive touches during this season.  I have a party planned, so a...

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Another Successful Pancake Breakfast!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Another Successful Pancake Breakfast!

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to the second “Pancakes for Water” Breakfast benefit on Sunday December 8. Thanks to your generosity we now have raised a total of $3308.55 to purchase materials for the water irrigation project.  We very much appreciate the generosity and good will shown to the people of La Calera. Most of us take having water for granted, but this project will make a big difference in the quality of life in that community. The residents of La Calera, including Phyllis Cooper who started the ball rolling on this project, and myself express our...

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