Sunday, August 19, 2012 – Cuenca, Ecuador
Today is our last full-day in Cuenca, before heading up to our new home in Cotacachi. We are a little excited to say the least. After breakfast this morning we packed everything except for what we’ll be needing in the morning. Three suitcases, a duffle bag, a backpack, and a brief case. I had to dive back in a couple of times to retrieve some items that were packed in haste. That’s just part of the drill. Packing early allows us to open cupboards and closets a dozen times to make sure nothing gets left behind. We check, double check, and then check again. At least we know we’re anal.
After we were finished packing we decided it was way too nice a day not to go outside for a walk. We usually just stay in on Sundays because the city, for the most part, shuts down. We headed up the stairs to the historic district. There were people in the parks, it was a beautiful day, but in the center of town the streets were quiet, very little foot traffic, and even fewer cars.
There is a lot we’ll miss about Cuenca. The Tomebamba River runs behind our apartment complex – we enjoy walking near it’s banks as we head about town. The majestic cathedrals – it seems like there is one every couple of blocks. The ice cream shops and pastry shops – we’ve enjoyed the treats. The friends we’ve made here - Ecuador is a small country, I’m sure we’ll see each other again.
We did find an ice cream store open, La Fornace, one of our favorites. We stopped in to have a farewell cone. The lady must have known. She seemed to pile more ice cream on than normal. We strolled slowly as we enjoyed the treat. Then headed back to the apartment.
Here we sit, waiting for our plane to leave. Our flight is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30 PM. We joked about heading to the airport tonight. We’ve gotten there ridiculously early in the past, but that would even be extreme for us.
I don’t ever remember being this excited about a home purchase before. There may be several factors playing into my emotions. Is it the short time period between decision and actual purchase? Or maybe the cramped quarters we are currently in has something to do it. I’m sure they both play a role, but more so, I feel this is truly where God wants me and I have never felt that way about a move before. I haven’t slept much all week. Not in a bad way. More like a child on Christmas Eve, ripe with anticipation. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for our lives in Cotacachi.