8 days til we leave Ecuador….8 things I will miss

pacific ocean, puerto cayo, ecuador, casa azul

5 miles wide stretch of pacific horizon from our house

We came to Ecuador to live in our new home 89 days ago. We leave to return to Arkansas in 8 days.  We can’t wait to be home, but here are the top 9 things I will miss:

1. The scenery, from the 5+ miles of Pacific blue view from balcony and rooftop, to the lush vegetation on each outing, to our own flora in our yard.

Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, pacific ocean

looking out from our 2nd level balcony today, one of the clearest days in a while

one of our beautiful blooms in Steve's landscaping

one of our beautiful blooms in Steve’s landscaping

2. The Ecuadorian people of Puerto Cayo. I love their simple lifestyle, their humilty and the joy they find in being with their families.

friendly faces at nawi fest

friendly faces at nawi fest

3. The precious time spent with my husband. We’ve made a ton of great memories here, grown individually and as a couple and it’s a journey I don’t regret.  No one can ever take this path away from us.

enjoying one of our favorite pastimes, Pacific Sunset

enjoying one of our favorite pastimes, Pacific Sunset

4. A handful of non-Ecuadorian friends. We’ve met people who live here, those passing through and those experiencing the adventure for the first time. We’ve made some lifelong friends here.

friends from florida

First dinner guests, Maria and Jennifer

First dinner guests, Maria and Jennifer

6. The happy sounds of birds chirping and even crickets and other natural noises in the habitat. The rolling of the ocean tides, all day, every day.

baby bird who sang a song after recovering from crashing into our window

baby bird who sang a song after recovering from crashing into our window

7. The handmade, crafts and textiles made and/or inspired by the indigenous people. The beautiful bright vibrant colors used in design.

Steve shopping in Quito

Steve shopping in Otavalo

loving the textiles in Otavolo, Ecuador

loving the textiles in Otavolo, Ecuador

8. Our big blue (and orange) house. (complete with blue scooter) I’m not sure anyone appreciates the color palate we selected, but that’s ok, because it was chosen by us, for us and we love it.

Isn't he cool?

My mate headed out to “check on some things”…

Casa Azul, Puerto Cayo, Ecuador,  Photo by Steven W. Watkins

Casa Azul, Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, Photo by Steven W. Watkins

9. Every sunset.Perfect in its own way, whether cloudy, clear, or glimpses of the red on a colorful sky.

sanctuary sunset

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