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Friday, 10/1/10. This morning I had my first Spanish lesson. Remember on Thursday we had no police protection. However, as I walked past the Municipal building today, I saw large signs and heard songs of support for the President. It gave me a comforting feeling. Because I had had Spanish before, my new instructor, Olenka, concentrated this lesson on a review of the basics; such as, tense, gender, family members and numbers. My head was full when I left but my stomach was empty so I stopped and had lunch by myself for the first time since I arrived. I didn’t understand what the host was telling me, so I gestured for him to bring me whatever and I ended up with a nice soup, fried fish, rice and beans.

I was headed to the store to see if I could get some bottled iced tea (Te helado) when I ran into my landlord. We walked to the store together and back to the hostal. The Gap students were on their computers so I couldn’t get on the internet, so I did the next best thing, I took a nap.

On Friday nights there is always an expat dinner at one of the restaurants and this week it was at the Arena Bar. It is actually a pizza joint. I ordered a small pizza and it was very good! Got to meet a couple of new people but surprisingly I had met the bulk of them already. There are several American men/Ecuadorian women couples. My Spanish teacher is one of them so I got to see her again. When we left, I was the only one going in my direction and although I only had about four blocks to walk, I was a little nervous as it was about 9:00 pm. But no problem, I arrived home safely.

One of the nightly customs at Coco Bongo is sitting outside and talking with anyone who stops or walks by. I sat out there for about an hour then went to my room and tried to download “LoneStar,” the TV show. I gave up around midnight and went to sleep. Ahhhhhh, another day in Paradise.

Posted by Jan Foster 11:58 Archived in Ecuador

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There was an article in the paper today about the
unrest there in Ecuador. Take good care of yourself!! I also saw a little in the entertainment section a day or two ago that Lone Star has been cancelled after only two episodes. I guess you're going to have to get famous with your acting career on some other show. Miss you!!!

by Linda Criswell

Continues to sound exciting, but peaceful. You are already learning so much. Thanks for keeping us informed!!

by sherry

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