November flew by

November was a typical month for us with all our normal errands and  just wandering and enjoying all the sites and sounds of Cuenca. I have no idea what festival was going on this day, the people here love to celebrate!



And then there were lunches with friends and just by ourselves.

3Cuenca11-2-16FestivitiesOur friend John enjoying a french fry sandwich
4Cuenca11-17-16CapitanRestaurantCapitan is a wonderful seafood restaurant in Cuenca as you can see below by the two entrees we had


What wasn’t normal this month was the fact we left at the end of the month and flew to California to visit friends and family before heading to San Pedro to catch a cruise to Santiago, Chile. So most of the month was spent getting ready for our trip.

On the 27th we flew up to Quito and spent the night with a flight the next day that took us to Panama and then on to Los Angeles. It was a very long day but Copa Airlines was fantastic. Unlike the domestic flights in the US, wine was in the beverage cart along with Coke, water, juice, etc. And no, we didn’t pay for it, it is free!

8Panama1-28-16FlightHigh above the clouds with a snow capped volcano
11Panama1-28-16FlightThe Panama Canal
13Panama1-28-16FlightThe Panama Canal
12CA1-28-16FlightPanama City

We drove to from the airport to Camarillo where we spent the night and then on to Santa Barbara the next morning and the beginning of our whirlwind time there. My friend, Diane Isaacson, offered a bedroom in her lovely home for us to use while in Santa Barbara. The bedroom was almost as large as our apartment!!! Thank you, Diane!

Fitting everyone into a couple short days was going to be challenging. Our first stop, before going to Diane’s, we met my brother for breakfast before he had to head off to work.

After dropping our things off at Diane’s and saying hi to her, we headed to Henry’s Beach to breath in the fresh salt air and just sort of unwind.




Henry’s Beach was a wonderful break but soon it is time to get ready and head to Chuck’s for dinner with my two sister’s, Diane and Jill and their husbands, John and Tony. It was great catching up but unfortunately the evening had to end.

22CA11-29-16DianeSusanJill11-29-16My sisters, Diane on my right and Jill on my left.

The next day I was lucky enough to join some classmates for lunch. It was great seeing them as I usually only get to at the reunions every 5 years.


Then it was off to see Gordon and Patricia for dinner. Again, it was wonderful catching up on all the things that happen now that we are all retired.

The next morning we took Diane, and her husband, Tom to breakfast as a little “thank you” for letting us stay with them and then all to soon our stay was over and we headed up to visit Mike’s sister, Patty, for a few days.

And so November ends and December starts.

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