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Culture Shock

April 03, 2010 By: admin Category: Baseball, Cuenca, Expat Life, NYC, Uncategorized 5 Comments →

Though I didn’t think I would post in here again, I have changed my mind. I’m wiling away a bit of time waiting in the Guayaquil airport for my return to Cuenca. 10 airports and 16 days later…

It had been over 5 years since the last time I was in the US. It is truly different now and so am I. It started in the Atlanta airport. I was amazed the metal detectors in customs are now so sensitive, they picked up my bra underwire and the rivets on my jeans. Next, I realized how strange it looked to see so many tall men everywhere. It took a minute to get out of the habit of speaking Spanish to cashiers and into the habit of flushing toilet paper rather than throwing it in the trash. And then I spotted 2% milk and salt and vinegar potato chips!! Woo Hoo! I drank milk every occasion possible, but only indulged in one (largish) bag of chips.


Living in Cuenca 2

October 17, 2007 By: admin Category: Baseball, Cuenca, Ecuador, Politics No Comments →

I begin this second week thinking about how the wonders of the world famous Geisha coffee are lost on me. Now my son aspires to snobbery in all things consumable, but me? I just love what I love and right now, I’m thrilling on Lojano coffee at $2 a pound. When I left NYC, I was concerned about the loss of great dark roast coffee, great parmesan cheese and access to Yankee Stadium to see games in person. (more…)

Post Casco Viejo

September 07, 2007 By: admin Category: Baseball, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, La Casona No Comments →

I no longer live in Casco Viejo. It changed and/or I changed or time marched on to separate us, but in response to questions about how I saw the changes, and especially the mass eviction of squatters who had lived in those buildings for over 20 years, this is what I answered. (more…)

Beisbol on the Beach with gallery

November 17, 2005 By: admin Category: Baseball, Casco Viejo No Comments →

A couple of weeks ago, I finally went down to the Sunday baseball game…the one that occurs on the beach in front of my apartment at low tide. One person I know who lives there says the noise is absolutely unbearable during a game. I can imagine. Between the beer and the music and the yelling and the music and the beer and the impact beer has on yelling…

Baseball and Breezes

September 15, 2005 By: admin Category: Baseball, Casco Viejo, Humidity, La Cresta, Noise No Comments →

I always knew how much I loved living in Casco Viejo. When I got here, there were zero Americans living here. Now, they seem to be everywhere. During the year in the building in front of the remains of the Union Club, my appreciation was for the neighborhood, not my apartment. The apartment was okay, even great by NYC standards, but the noise was …well those of you who follow me remember and for those of you who don’t, suffice it to say one of my journals was entitled “Aural Torture.” (more…)

Calm Tuesday

August 10, 2005 By: admin Category: Baseball, Casco Viejo, Eating & Drinking, NYC No Comments →

Had a guest in town last night who is buying a building to renovate in Casco Viejo. So we went to Manolo Caracol’s for dinner and then walking around. First, the turnover in staff at Manolo’s resulted in a very different menu from everything I had ever had there. Always an enjoyable experience, but I’m not so sure it stacked up against what it used to be in terms of food. (more…)

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