Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving in Cuenca!

Tomorrow we leave to pick up our son in Quito and bring him down to Cuenca to enjoy Thanksgiving with us at Villa San Carlos. Thankfully, I don't have to cook this year and I hear they're putting on quite a spread.

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of looking at the 10-day forecast which I hope is wrong (RAIN the entire time he's here). We've had brilliant sunshine the past two weeks and the rivers are running at a "drip" so I guess it's time for some big thunder boomers, but I'm hoping the weather guy at is off on his predictions.

We're going to play tourists in Quito (I haven't even made it to "Mitad del Mundo"), so whether it's raining or not we're going to get pictures (albeit a bit soggy).

A lot of work went into planning this trip, including Mark getting substitute teachers for all his classes (and paying them in advance), hotel reservations, plane tickets (up to Quito and back x4), and getting Mocha ready to stay with Auntie Hazel and Uncle Wally at Hostel del los Perros.

But the good thing is we're done with classes and "yes" we got promoted to Intermediate/Advanced. CEDEI is an excellent language school and the teachers and students are amazing (and I'm not just saying that because my hubby is one of them). In fact one of the perks of teaching there -- if you have your cédula (national identification card) -- is you get social security and IESS (national healthcare plan). There are four teachers with their cédula that are employed at CEDEI and Mark is one of them. So now we're doubly insured (medically).

I took some time on Saturday to visit Mark's four-hour intensive class and all the kids are great. Mark is an amazing teacher and makes sure their pronunciation is perfect! The four hours slid by and then we were off to have lunch at our favorite place (to be announced!), and getting some last minute items for my son's visit to Cuenca.

In the meantime, I've been writing like crazy and I'm so thankful to all my editors who are accepting scanned permission releases which makes my job so much easier. This past weekend, I was accepted into two compilation books and one is dear to my heart -- Angels, Miracles and Heavenly Encounters.  The book will be released in June 2012.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!

Until next time...hasta luego!


Michael Gossman said...

Connie, it was great meeting you all at Thanksgiving Dinner. We had a great time and really enjoyed your company. Hope to see you again soon, Mike, Deanna, Karah and Kristen Gossman

Connie Pombo said...

Thanks, Michael! It was great meeting you all as well. Our son left today to fly back to the States and I'm feeling the "empty" nest again. We had such a wonderful visit. Keep us informed as to your plans. ~ Mark and Connie

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