My Beautiful New Home in Cuenca
Cuenca is a beautiful little city. It’s lovely to walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the colonial architecture while observing all of the local hustle and bustle. When I first arrived in Cuenca I lived in El Central in a small one bedroom apartment that was leased to me on a short term arrangement. This happened to be perfect at the time. My dog Barkley and I would daily walk the city and enjoy all of the local food and culture. Daily we would walk to the Tomebamba river for a refreshing stroll and sometimes lunch. The time living in El Central gave me the chance to fully appreciate just what living in town means. The constant din of noise from the cars, buses and the many dogs can be exhausting. The activity of the pedestrians, vendors and tourists is at times also a challenge. All of this left me with the decision to find an apartment a bit outside of the center of town.
I found the perfect two bedroom apartment just west of the center of town for $300 a month. Close enough that Barkley and I can take a long stroll into town if I wish but far enough to enjoy the peace of a bit of “El Campo” (the country). The bus line number 13 runs into town has a stop about two blocks down the road from me. Other bus lines that can take me anywhere I need to go are a short walk away. We are about six blocks from the Tomebamba river for our daily walks to continue but this part of the river stroll is more tranquil. We live in what looks like a big house which has three apartments within. The family above me is a lot of fun and I find myself up there often for dinner and cards.
Setting up a new home is something that I was expecting but it is somewhat frustrating. To have to buy all new things from silverware to furniture to towels and sheets is pretty hard to do. Especially…when I was so proud of “simplifying” my life. I really do not want to again accumulate all of that “stuff” that seemed to control my life. Then I came to this brilliant conclusion when I found that beautiful large plants can be purchased for a mere $3.50! So…instead of filling every corner of my home with stuff I will be placing a plant in every corner!!
Things are good and Barkley and I are very happy!!
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