Saturday, July 23, 2011

From the Frying Pan into the Freezer

This is our 4th day back in Cuenca, arriving on Wednesday, July 20th from Arizona.  When we left Arizona, the temperature was very hot and when we arrived in Ecuador, the temperature was very cold!

Needless to say, that is quite an adjustment that your body has to make.  We woke up on last Tuesday in Arizona and went to bed that night in Ecuador.  With the jet age that we live in, our bodies do take a beating.  Traveling today isn't what is used to be.  I remember flying when I was a child in the 1950's.  It was a very special event.  Everyone dressed up.  The stewardess (that's what they were called back then) would give us kids coloring books and crayons and playing cards.  Also she would pin wings on us and give us gum when we were about to land so our ears wouldn't hurt.  We also had a great meal aboard.  This was usually a yearly event for our family (mom and kids -- dad had to work).  It was fun back then.

Fast forward to today.  Not only am I a lot older -- but flying just isn't fun anymore.  Too much stress involved.  I have a bad sinus cold (but I had one last year when I arrived in Cuenca also).

OK -- enough whining.  Now for the update on Mike.  He is doing really well but also doesn't like the cold.  We're going to get some more space heaters so our apartment won't be so cold.

We've been out and about and Mike has been walking a little outside.  We've seen most of our friends and have taken several cab rides.  We're taking things slow so we can adjust to the change in weather and the change in altitude.

I am glad that we are back in our own home and the suitcases are unpacked.


  1. Tucson Update: It's been raining here off an on for the past few days. Sure helps get the temps down. We woke up this morning to light rain but it has stopped now. The overcast skies should help to keep the day a bit cooler than when you left.

    Gary & Joyce

  2. Welcome back Mike and Patty. Congratulations, Mike, on your successful recovery. Nice to have you both back home in Cuenca. Jim Mola

  3. Patty and Mike, glad to hear that you made it back. Where exactly do you all live? Maybe we can stop by sometime to say "hello" when we are in the area. Promise we won't stay long. But would love to see you two. Sue and Pat