Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Home in Cuenca

In case any of you missed it, HGTV did a special on "Home in Ecuador." Mark and I have watched it several times (okay, about twenty times!) and we keep coming up with new insights. I have it listed on my links on the sidebar of this blog as well. It aired on February 10, 2010 and I've referred many people to the site because when I say the word, "Ecuador" they look at me strangely and say, "Is that place safe?" I think they forgot we lived in Sicily for six years!

Tomorrow at 3:00 AM my hubby (now dubbed "Christopher Columbus") leaves for Ecuador. First stop will be Quito where he will meet with our lawyer, a University professor who is a friend of the family, and then on to Cuenca. He will be there on Friday and will be staying at the Villa Nova Inn, where he will meet with our realtor. Our top three apartments are now available, so he will check those out and others as well.

He will take videos and then upload them for me to see (I will be the extra pair of eyes!). But after 34 years, I trust him (really, I do!).

I have a speaking engagement on Saturday at the Talamor Country Club and a book deadline which keeps looming larger and larger. But all I want to do is read books on Ecuador and watch videos. I find myself wandering into Barnes & Noble and picking up everything I can find and flipping through the pages. Not good when I'm supposed to be writing, writing, writing!

Next week I have a radio interview so in preparation for that I jumped on a few websites and found a link to the best retirement films by the Wall Street Journal . I'm not sure, but I think that "Home in Cuenca" should be on that list as well!

"About Schmidt" (2000)
"Cocoon" (1985)
"Going in Style" (1979)
"Harry and Tonto" (1974)
"High Noon" (1952)
"Lost in America" (1985)
"The Lion in Winter" (1968)
"On Golden Pond" (1981)
"The Straight Story" (1999)
"Unforgiven" (1992)

"Home in Cuenca" is becoming more of a reality now as "years" of preparation are fitting into place. After hearing so much about this place through blogs, through Mark's sister who spent many years in Ecuador, and other friends I can't imagine that it doesn't feel like home already. But we shall soon see.

Until next time...hasta luego!

Connie and Mark


Anonymous said...


I hope that you get the Travel Channel because on Monday, March 1st Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations will air the Ecuador episode. Maybe someone can tape it for Mark.

Lee said...

Sounds wonderful, looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

Connie Pombo said...

Mary, I missed the Travel Channel episode on Ecuador! I fell asleep (who does that?). I was preparing for a radio interview and thought I would rest my eyes! Yep, I rested them alright! I woke up after it was over. Argh! Maybe I can catch a re-run! Thank you for telling me about it!

Lee, thanks for dropping by. This is so exciting for us and comes just at the right time (a son getting married, hubby retiring, and a new adventure). I am trying to let go of my responsibilities one by one, so by May I will be a free spirit before we leave for Cuenca.

Un abrazzo fuerte!


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