Sunday, August 15, 2010

View from the Window

This is the view from our bedroom window. It is a busy hillside where people come and go, walking up and down the hill, to get to their desired destination. I have even seen a woman in her spike heels walk up this hill with her husband and little girl.

This is a man taking his cows "on a walk". I'm not sure why, but he walked his cows all the way down the hill and down to the end of the street, and then back up the hill again. I guess for exercise. (Notice the street sign for people crossing -- I guess they should show a sign for cow crossing also!)

This is a basketball game being played at the park below our apartment.

And this is an inpromptu soccer game being played on the street outside our kitchen window. Most of the players are adults (both men and woman). They played well into the night.

Living in Ecuador, you see people outside a lot. They don't sit indoors all day watching TV or playing video games, or using the computer. I think most familes have a TV but they don't spend that much time watching it. You see entire families outside walking here or there, playing a game, working on a chore. They tend to do things together to help each other out. It's refreshing to see such cohesiveness in the family structure, and to see such safety on the streets.

We have had fun using Skype on our computer. We can use Skype to place videocalls to others who use Skype, and it is free. Also we discovered that we can make unlimited calls to the U.S. (home phones) for only $6.99 a month. So a lot of you have been hearing/seeing us. It's a great way to keep in touch.

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