We have been back in the USA (Tucson, Arizona) for over a week now. This is the first time we've been back since we moved to Cuenca last August. Even though we've been gone for about nine months, it seems just like yesterday that we were living here. I haven't driven in nine months but there was no problem driving around Tucson. The roads are great and the drivers are polite and courteous - just like I remember them to be!
I've had fun shopping at beautiful supermarkets (Fry's), going to Walgreen's for prescriptions (we're still in their system), and ordering many things online to be shipped to my address in Tucson to bring back with me to Cuenca. I allowed for this as I brought an empty suitcase with me to Tucson to fill up and bring home.
The real reason we're here in Tucson is so Mike can have major back surgery at the Tucson Medical Center, which is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd. He has been in constant pain since last December and his left leg is starting to go numb now because of a herniate disc in his lumbar spine. The doctors assure us that his nerve will completely recover and he'll be back to normal again.
This is one of the better times to be in Tucson (weather wise). There is sunshine every morning when you wake up and the temperature is in the 80's during the day and the 50's at night. I know that when we come back to Cuenca, we'll have to adjust to limited sun, cooler temperatures, and routine showers. But that is why Cuenca is so pretty and green with beautiful flowing rivers and clean air. Tucson is a desert and hasn't had any rain for six months. When we first got here, I had a hard time adjusting to the dryness - I will be glad to get back to Cuenca's moderate climate (however, wish we had more sunshine).
Will send an update after Mike's surgery.