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Driving in Ecuador

Words of caution for gringos with a vehicle (and I apologize if I'm the only one who didn't know this) but, don't assume that those lights you see flash as you go under them aren't functional. I had the misfortune (yes, my fault) of being recorded speeding in Santa Elena province by, not one, but two, of these cameras. In the first instance, I was recorded going 112 km/h (about 7 mph over the speed limit). In the 2nd instance, literally 8 minutes later, I was captured going 11 7km/h (about 10 mph over). Of course, you can see the photo of your car, but no real proof of the speed so you have to take their word for it.

PuntoNet problems - feedback requested

PuntoNet customers: Have you experienced problems and what have you done to remedy them? Please comment below. Since installing PuntoNet and the “required configuration” of my router to accommodate the service, I've experienced the following issues:

1. A loss of wireless scan to computer function
2. A loss of wireless printing function
3. Suspicious clicks at the start up
4. Frequent (several times per day) locking up and timing out of the internet and a need to reboot all devices, including magicJack.
5. Boot up processes of 5+ minutes; prior my computer took less than 90 seconds to boot up.
6. Several attempts of Windows KB3035583 “updates” to add spyware, or Windows 10 add-ons
7. The bizarre system-generated creation of “libraries” which share all data, music and photos on my hard drive to unknown entities via the network. Original data in my hard drive folders being subsequently cannibalized and deleted. All files I try to save are “defaulted” to these libraries and I cannot disable or remove them.
8. A proliferation of spam (an average of 17 emails per day) from porn websites, mostly.

My address

Do I have to include Azuay in my mailing address? I am expecting a very important package from the States and want to get it right.

Chris

Lobster

Does anyone know where we can get fresh live lobster here in Cuenca? Been looking but can't seem to find any. Any help, suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ken

Barbara and the other two Ecuadorian Angels

On Wednesday, July 20th, I was walking my dog down Los Cedros, and as I got to the last street before Ordonez Laso I stepped off the curb into the mud with the dog pulling, bent my other foot backwards and broke my ankle. Ouch! Normally I have my cell phone with me but didn't that day. The first angel was walking up Los Cedros and saw the distress on my face and came over and called an ambulance for me. As I was sitting on the curb an SUV pulled up asked what was wrong, it was Barbie or Barbara and her tech guy? He took my keys and went to my house and got my purse and cell phone and took the dog back, she stayed with me until the ambulance came. I don't know what I would have done without the kindness they showed me that day. Please get in contact with me so I thank you properly. I had surgery that night and had a plate and five screws to hold my ankle together.

Thanks again.

Mary Jnes: 099 996 9422. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Free lecture, Understanding the Grieving Process

Grief is a natural part of life. In order to open ourselves to new things, sometimes we have to say goodbye to others. We invite you to talk about the grieving process, in a new place, that is opening its doors to the Expat community. Mhá welcomes you to the free lecture "Understanding the Grieving Process."

Speakers: Psc. Estefani Calderón, Psc. Estefanía Crusellas, Psc. Ma. Elisa Manzano

Sign up in our facebook page Mhá-psicoterapia! Limited assistance

Date: Thursday, august/ 4th / 2016 Time:4 – 5 PM, free, Esmeraldas 2-58 y Remigio Crespo. Urbanización G.H. Mata (sector Los Totems), Cuenca.

Estefania Crusellas: estefaniacrusellas@hotmail.com .

Workshop: Sing Away Your Sorrows

Singing is a fun and powerful tool for self-observation and healing. It allows us the opportunity for transcending our own limitations and opening to a new universe, seeing life with a new perspective.

Singing will open up all types of sensations - joys, fears and insecurities - giving us the chance to involve ourselves in a marvelous adventure to a deeper knowledge of our own selves.

My name is Sol Okarina. I am a singer/performer and certified yoga teacher. I have been offering this workshop for over four years, helping people to grow and flourish. There is no need of previous experience.

Please join us next Friday at the Windhorse Café. Friday, July 29th, 1:30 - 4 PM
By donation: $5 is appreciated.

Windhorse Cafe (6-16 Calle Larga y Hermano Miguel), Cuenca., Cuenca.

Sol Okarina: solokarinamonttalti@gmail.com

Amazon cruise, 2016

Hi everyone, We have an Amazonas Cruise, 4-5 and 8 days. If you want more information please let us know so we can email you all the details. It is an awesome experience.

10 AM – 1 PM, 3 PM – 6 PM, Tadeo Torres y Jose Alvear, Cuenca.

Maria Valverde: alma.paca.ecuador@gmail.com

Cute 2-month-old princess for adoption

Hello everyone, About a week ago I came across this fluffy, adorable, playful little puppy just outside of my home. Now I have been searching for the past couple of days for a family to adopt her but no one has really come through. I am looking for someone who is willing to give her lots of love and take care of her, she was not found in the healthiest way you could say but she is now eating normally and she looks more beautiful than when I found her. She is beyond sweet and fun to cuddle with.

Unfortunately, I can’t keep her or else my landlord will put me out since I already have four paws living with me; but I am willing to wait until finding her the right place to go. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to email me or call. Hope to hear from you soon.

Caroline Espinosa: caroespinosa0802@gmail.com 099 582 3828. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

AA meetings in English, in Cuenca

Note: New day and time for women’s meeting. New LGBT meeting. See both below.

There are English speaking AA meetings in Cuenca at Borrero 7-68 between Sucre and Presidente Cordova, second floor, room facing the street.

Every day at noon, open meeting.

Additionally:

- Women's AA meeting on Thursdays at 10:30 AM at the same location.

- Men's AA meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at the same location.

- "A New Pair of Glasses" AA meeting on Fridays from 5-6 PM at the same location.

- LGBT AA meeting on Fridays at 3:30 - 4:30 PM at the same location.

Do you have a problem with alcohol? Take this 12 question quiz.
www.aa.org/pages/en_US/is-aa-for-you-twelve-questions-only-you-can-answer

Every day at noon, all year, Free, Borrero 7-68 between Sucre and Presidente Cordova, Cuenca.

Gerard: gtretton@yahoo.com 098 656 4887. Call after: 6 AM.

English speaking OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meeting in Cuenca

OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings on Fridays, from 10 AM - 11 AM at Borrero 7-68, between Sucre and Presidente Cordova, second floor, room facing the street. Same place as the noon AA meetings. Same 12 Steps as AA.

Whatever your eating disorder may be (compulsive eating, overeating, bulimia, anorexia) you are welcome. And you don’t have to be overweight/obese, to be a compulsive overeater. The obsession is the problem.

Are you a compulsive overeater? Take this quiz.

www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you/

Fridays, 10 AM - 11 AM, all year, Free, Borrero 7-68, between Sucre and Presidente Cordova, Cuenca.

Gerard: gtretton@yahoo.com 098 656 4887. Call after: 6 AM.

English Speaking Al-Anon meeting in Cuenca

There is an English-speaking Al-Anon meeting in Cuenca at 2 PM on Wednesdays.

Al-Anon is a support group for family or friends of alcoholics.

How do you know if you are affected by someone's drinking?
www.al-anon.org/affected-by-someones-drinking

Thursdays, all year, 5 PM - 6 PM, Free, Borrero 7-68, between Sucre and Presidente Cordova, second floor, Cuenca.

Eileen: eileenfmorgan@msn.com 098 953 0387. Call after: 8 AM.

Facilitator and personal assistant

Hola, I have extensive experience with expat and Ecuadorian communities and will be glad to help you. I can facilitate business transactions from IESS, SRI, and local banking. In addition, I will be glad to help you as a personal assistant with paying bills, house cleaning, house sitting, pet sitting, shopping needs, laundry and dry cleaning or taking care of your needs while you are away.

I can also accompany you to assist with verbal translations.

Very reasonable rates.

References supplied on request.

Please contact me ASAP.

Yvonne: yvonne_alb@yahoo.com 098 389 0802. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Adopt a cat

Doesn't have to be a kitten. Mature cat OK. Prefer a shorthair. Spayed or neutered, current on shots. Will provide a loving home. No yard but enclosed patio for outdoor space.

Cheryl: cwgriebenow@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Montessori or Waldorf or alternative elementary school

Hello, I was hoping someone could help me find a Montessori/Waldorf/alternative school here in Cuenca. We are currently living in Quito but have plans to move to Cuenca in January. I was very happy with their Montessori method school in Quito and would like to find something similar. Any lead or information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Ingrid: ingridm.alvarez@gmail.com 098 817 1665. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Anyone coming from the US to Cuenca soon?

I need someone to bring an envelope containing my new debit card. I will have envelope mailed to your address in the States. I’ll buy you lunch or drinks in return for helping me out. Please email me if you can help me. Thank you,

Ben

Water heater

Dear Friends, I see these small water heaters installed in houses here that do not really do the job of heating large volumes of water. Do they have standard water heaters here like what we are used to back in US? If I decide to bring one from US, would it fit in in a typical Ecuadorian house?

Thank you for your time,

Jay: mirpourj@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Work on weekends

I’m looking for a job only on weekends. If you need someone to clean, make purchases or walk or wash your dog you can call me.

Belen: abcr182@hotmail.com 099 975 2098. Call after: 5 PM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for used furniture

We're furnishing an apartment and looking for reasonably priced used furniture. Contact mole_maven@yahoo.com or call 096 997 8903 after 8 AM.

Karen and Lawrence Graber.

City: Cuenca

Raw milk in Cuenca

Does anyone know of a place to get raw milk? I've read that there's a company that will deliver it to you and I saw a milk truck this past Friday.

Thanks.

Hannah: shutteringsunflower@gmail.com

English speaking newspapers

Does anyone know if there is any outlet in Cuenca that sells English speaking newspapers (New York Times, Boston Globe etc.)?

Thanks,

Garry Kaulitz: gckaulitz@uaa.alaska.edu .

City: Cuenca

Nebraska Upholstery, steam cleaning services

Now in Cuenca, Nebraska Hypoallergenic Upholstery Steam Cleaning service, with branches in Quito and Manta, is offering high quality professional steam cleaning, Using only all natural plant based hypoallergenic shampoo, in combination with industrial strength cleaning equipment imported from the US. Cleaning services offered for rugs, upholstered furniture, mattresses and auto interiors.

Freddy Delgado is fluent in English. Reasonable rates. Call now for a free estimate.

Nebraska: fredd92@hotmail.com 093 937 9979. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca
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Star Wisdom, level I

Have you found the one-size-fits-all astrological descriptions of sun signs and planetary “energies” or “rays” disappointing, or even meaningless? Explore a different perspective of the cosmos and its relationship to the human being, that serves the unique individual, and humanity as a whole. This will be a journey to discover your own individual pathway to fulfilling your potential as a human being in the world, as you learn astrological technique.

Level I openings for four more people are available.

$95 includes 24 hours of instruction in 12 sessions and all handouts. All classes will be given in English.

2:30 - 4:30 on Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18, Uriel Center for Human Renewal through the Arts and Education - near Remigio Crespo and Av. Loja. More detailed directions given upon registration.

Michael Pinchera:  096 958 0933.

Driving Guayaquil to Cuenca

Driving Guayaquil to Cuenca, on July 26th. From 3 - 4 PM. Room up to 4 people. $20 each.

Nestor Reinoso: nestorefrainreinosoguaman@gmail.com 096 742 1444

Face Constructions

Free estimates for all home improvements: painting, remodeling, electrical, plumbing, tile, carpentry and much more. Please call for a free quote or appointment. Small or big not a problem. All jobs guaranteed.

Address: Mariano Cueva y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca

Christian Ordoñez: faceconstructions@gmail.com 099 573 4584.

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Renter's home inspection

Cuenca Home Inspections (CHI) is dedicated in providing a thorough, non- biased home inspection that assists and educates our clients whether you’re renting or buying. Those of you who have rented or bought a property here in Ecuador know of the many surprises that come along with living internationally. My goal is to have your renting or buying experience as stress-free as possible. My inspection will target the functionality of all the operating systems and safety aspects of the property. To see how the Renter's Inspection may benefit you, please visit our website. New construction walk through inspections are also available.

For additional information visit www.cuencahomeinspections.com/

James Drummondo: cuencahomeinspections@gmail.com

Vinyasa Yoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 AM

Vinyasa Yoga is often faster paced than Hatha Yoga, and the asanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on the breath and the transition in and out of the asanas. The continual movements, from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress.

La Cigale offer a nice terrace to practice with sunlight, natural and fresh air. Let the Prana In. Join us.

Please bring your yoga mat (If you don´t have one please send me an email, I´ll let you know where to find it). Please confirm your attendance via email.

Price: $5 per class. Buy 2 classes and pay $8 for the week or for a couple.

Tuesday, 26th July, and Thursday, 28th July, Honorato Vasquez 7-80 y Luis Cordero

Sol Okarina: solokarinamonttalti@gmail.com 

Concierge for you in Cuenca

This is the new business name for the same attention to details and now, much more.The services will be available in four languages: English, Italian, Castellano/Spanish and French.

From technical services to help with all your activities including but not limited to travel, shopping, joining IESS, opening bank accounts (even from abroad), transport to and from airports, translation at the Dr.'s office or hospital.

July 25, Monay

Carlos Quiroga: zapat43@yahoo.com 098 963 9889.

Daily tours

With Polylepis Tours, feel the pleasure of traveling. (Travel agency authorized by the Ministry of Tourism).

Cuenca and Surroundings (Full Day and Half Day Tours):

Tuesday: El Cajas National Park. (Natural and Cultural)
Wednesday: Ingapirca Archaeological Complex (Ruins, history, cultural)
Thursday: City Tour Half Day (City and History)
Friday: Devil´s Nose Train & Ingapirca (Amazing landscape and Ruins)
Saturday: Ingapirca and Gualaceo (Archaeological and Artisan Villages)
Sunday: Gualaceo and Chordeleg (Handicraft and Traditions).
Ask for special tours: Birdwatching tour, Biking and Inca Trail (Hiking and Camping)

Come take advantage our 10% discount

July 26th, from 9 AM to 4 PM, Hermano Miguel 4-70 and Honorato Vásquez

Edison Juca: polylepistours@hotmail.com 098 511 6721.

Charango classes with Adrian Ortiz

Adrian Ortiz, a master of the charango in Cuenca, is offering classes to learn how to play this Andean musical instrument. The charango is a 12-string instrument with a unique and beautiful sound. Please google "Adrian Ortiz Charango" to hear him play this remarkable instrument.

If you would like to take private lessons, please contact Adrian or call Stephanie Ortiz at 099 997 4651 to arrange time.

Adrian: maxortiz12@gmail.com 

Amazing 2x1 Tren Crucero price

Tren Crucero,  special 2x1 deal. Travel on one of the most luxurious trains of South America with our great promotion. Pay for one and travel two, special tour.

The Tren Crucero offers a 4 day/3 night tour.

The program includes transportation, all meals, snacks, soft drinks on board of the train, Spanish/English speaking guide, excursions as detailed in the itinerary and accommodation in double basis.

Amazing 2x1 Price Of $1550 cash payment. There is no Cedula or Senior discounts for the 2x1 promotion (if you want to use your Cedula there is a 14% of the IVA increment.)

Special dates of departure.

Quito to Guayaquil: Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Last spaces (subject to availability).

Jays TVs, big sale

Hi Everyone, I have four TVs 49" LG TV, full HD smart TV, ultra slim (its thin and not heavy).

Selling price, $1000.

One 43" TV LG full HD ultra slim

Selling price, $780.

I sell brand new TVs, that I bring to Ecuador. They are not stolen. They are legal and pass customs. I sell them for way less than what you are going to get in Ecuador.

1 year guarantee for any factory problems you may encounter.

Jay: marinecorp_m16@hotmail.com 

Whale watching weekend. An unforgettable experience

Friday, July 29 - 31 (2 nights in Puerto López) from $217. Every year, 3000 Humpback whales make the epic journey from Antarctica to Ecuador to mate and spawn in the warm waters. See these magnificent creatures up close. From Puerto López take the boat for whale watching and the Silver Island. Also visit Machalilla National Park and the Agua Blanca community. Includes: Transport from Cuenca, English-speaking guides, Whale Watching Tour, Box lunch - Accommodation at Nantu Hosteria and breakfast at hotel. Not Included: Lunch and dinners not specified, gratuities and entrance fee to Machalilla National Park $5. Minimum 10 people - 2 nights. Single-double-triple rooms available from $217 to $243. Cazhuma Travel Card discounts apply from $206.15 to $230.85. For more information, please contact me.

Sucre 14-21 y Estevez de Toral

Andrea Cabrera: info@cazhumatours.com 283 2052.

Facilitator service

Hi my name is Diego Mogrovejo, I'm the founder of BCT Cuenca. This company offers all kinds of services that a foreign resident may need in order to make his/her transition to this new culture much easier and comfortable. We offer all sorts of services, such as translation and interpretation during various situations ranging from everyday problems with the plumber to medical emergencies, from tennis and dance lessons to door-to-door pick ups from every airport in the country.

For more information visit: bettercalltebo.wix.com/bctcuenca

BCT Cuenca: `bctcuenca@gmail.com 099 551 5542 Wpp +1 815 768 6669

Tennis coach

My name is Diego Mogrovejo. I’ve been playing tennis since I was 7-years-old and started competing at the age of 9. I reached the top 20 in the national ranking for both 16 and 18-year-olds and played ITF junior's tournaments since the age of 15. I also played collegiate level tennis at the University of Saint Francis in Chicago in the number 3 spot for all four years. I have been coaching since I was 16, starting at local summer camps, and continued to coach in the US. I taught and sparred regularly with both juniors and adults.

I am currently available for individual and group lessons at Jefferson Perez Coliseo. My rate is $10 per hour.

Diego Mogrovejo: diegosaintmogrovejo@gmail.com 099 551 5542 Wpp +1 815 768 6669.

Doc Martins, lace-up boots

For sale 6" Doc Matins, lace up boots.

Size 9 I think. Much much wear left. Just trying to lighten the load in suitcases.

$45.

Randall: horsego33@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Sell suitcase and carry-on

Suitcase and carry-on. Both with extendable handles and wheels. $20 for both. Good buy.

Bob: peacockrbobp1@aol.com

City: Cuenca

Dog collar and leash, 100% genuine leather, Old Navy brand

Selling a brand-new very beautiful and good quality 100% genuine leather dog collar and leash. It was brought here from an Old Navy store in The US. Located near Supermaxi on Las Americas.

$45, negotiable.

Janette: 093 942 9647. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Asus VPN

Hello, Last week I saw a post about a VPN Asus router, but I don´t see it anymore. If it is still on sale, please send me an email.

Thank you,

Salvador Arpi: jsalvadorarpi@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Gas tank, for sale

I have 4 tanks and I am selling one. It is taking up space. I am next to the military hospital on Avenida Doce De Abril across from Mayu. $40.

Beth: bccuenca@hotmail.com 099 526 0291. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Books galore

Please email for a date/time to stop by and I'll send directions. Thanks.

A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Two novels in one paperback $12

The Book of 528: Prosperity Key of Love by Dr. Leonard G Horowitz. Hardback, $12

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind by Graham Hancock. Paperback $12

The Master game . Unmasking the Secret Rulers of the World by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval. Paperback. $12

The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. Paperback, $14

Downsizing for a move

Please email for more photos/info and date/time to stop by and I'll send directions. Thanks.

Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner, 44-ounces each. This is one person's supply of shampoo and conditioner for a year or more. $45 & 35 or $75 for both.

Kirkland Glucosomine 220-count tablets, 1500mg Plus Chondroitin 1200mg. Retails for $40 + shipping. I have two bottles, one unopened/sealed, and one opened; approximately 20 tablets taken so there may be only 200 tablets in the second jar. $40 and $38. Expiry date: March 2018.

CVS Pharmacy Niacin, 200 capsules. This item has been opened; tablets from another jar added to consolidate and save space, so there may be more than 200 capsules. Expiry date July 2017. Retails for $16 + shipping. $16.

Lancome Absolute Night Precious Cells Repairing and Recovering Night Cream, 1.7 ounce jar. Retails for $153 + shipping. Not found here. $150

Suitcase and carry-on

Suitcase and carry-on, Both with extendable handle and wheels. $20 for both.

Bob: peacockrbobp1@aol.com

City: Cuenca

Wii game system fitness package, $275

We’re selling our Wii gaming system. This is a great starter package for you and your friends/family to start down the road towards better fitness or just have a great time. Here’s what’s included:

• Wii gaming system (in perfect working order with box) including two controllers with nunchakus.
• The Wii Fit Plus exercise pad (with box) with Wii Fit Plus game (has more than 15 different training games)
• Zumba Fitness 2 game with 2 Zumba Fitness waist bands to hold the controllers

All games are the original, non-pirated games in their original cases. I’m asking $275 or best offer for this great fitness package deal. (Controllers require 2 AA batteries each. Wii Fit Pad requires 4 AA batteries.)

Interested parties, please contact,

Bob: bobm13x@hotmail.com

City: Cuenca

Items for sale

Lawnmower (includes gas can) $100
Weed whacker electric (needs string spool wire) $50
Rake $2
Double-size bed with wooden headboard and rails $100

Kathy: kathyeder123@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Lounge suite/6 seater dining table

*Comfortable lounge suite consisting of a 3 seater, 2 seater and 2x1 seater and cushions plus coffee table and mat - a steal at $600

* Dining table with 6 chairs. $300 OBO

Elizabeth: 099 830 7474. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giant quilt fabric sale

We will be moving back to the States soon. We will have plenty to sell. At this point we need to downsize on beautiful quilting fabrics and all things associated with quilts.

This coming Saturday, July 30th, from 10 AM to 2 PM we will be selling quilt related items at our house. Included are:

Good USA cotton fabrics - brand names that include batiks, florals, solids, children's themes, muslin, even Japanese fabrics. Most fabrics are at $6 a yard.. Batiks and some Japanese are priced at $7 a yard.

Cotton batting, king size $50 (only 2) and queen-size (only 2) $35

Recommendation for Colombian Coffee House, coffee shop

It is good to know that they have openen their doors in another part of the city. They prepare the best key lime, apple pie, pecan and chocolate pecan pie and other delights. I like Alex who prepares the most delicious BLT sandwich on the city. You can find it in the new location: Mariscal Lamar and Alfonso Andrade, a block behind Common Grounds restaurant, near everything, great option.

Address: Mariscal Lamar and Alfonso Andrade

Contact information: colombiancoffeehouse@gmail.com

Recommended by Jack Boltraine:  jlopbol77@hotmail.com

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Recommendation for Cuenca Car Share, H1 Van

I have family visiting us in Cuenca. We rented a Van H1 from Juan and David, Cuenca Car Share. Very nice and comfortable. Van can seat 11 people including the driver, very good van for a large group and nice way to deal with Juan and David. 

Address: Universidad del Azuay , Cuenca , Ecuador

Contact information: cuencacarshare@gmail.com 098 380 0162.

Recommended by Victor Ojeda:  victorh0613@yahoo.com

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Recommendation for Emanuel Orellana, handyman extraordinaire

My husband and I would like to recommend Emanuel Orellana. He helped us with many different projects: he ran a new electric line for us (up until then we popped the same breaker over and over); he helped us hang an antique petit point tapestry by having a beautiful rod and hangers made from scratch and the carpentry work is absolutely beautiful; he helped us get a new washing machine up and running (all the hoses, etc.); he built a cabinet to house our new gas oven and again the craftsmanship is outstanding; and he added side shelves to our bathroom under-the-sink cabinets which gained us twice the space. We live in an older condominium here in Cuenca and what impressed us most was his ability to think outside the box and to be able to troubleshoot and come up with a method that worked here. We think very highly of him and believe him to be an honest and upstanding young man.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: emanuelorellan@icloud.com 099 610 9894 or 099 176 6140

Recommended by Steven Stroud:  stevesoffsum@gmail.com

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Prova Café, restaurant

Prova Café, bar restaurant is a new concept in cafeteria and restaurant, with excellent quality and care, where you will find a good social and family environment for your satisfaction with the delight of their special dish, "Raclette."
We serve breakfasts and lunches. We offer Capuchinos, Mocacchinos, Espressos accompanied with Humitas, Tamales, Quimbolitos, cakes and donuts. In the bar, we offer whiskeys, wines, cocktails, gin and beer.

We also have several promotions each week.

It is a pleasure to serve. We wait for you.

Av. 1ro. de Mayo y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal (Edificio Santa Lucia, Local #03 Planta Baja)

Esteban Coronel: estebancoronel1981@gmail.com 098 406 3159 / 098 716 5421 / 407 9377 Facebook: Prova Cafe Restaurant

Surf and turf at Don Colon's

This Saturday night, 7 to 10 PM. Listen to Brian Gary live. Steak and lobster. $16.95 Call or come by to make your reservations now while there are still seats available. Great fun, great music, great food.

Sucre 9-14 y Benigno Malo

Russ: doncoloncampos@gmail.com 282 9397 or 099 827 0703.

Authentic Mexican tamales

Vicky Reyes, from Mexico, makes delicious Mexican tamales and delivers them to your door. You can order before 1 PM on Friday, and have them delivered to you on  Saturday morning (delivery starts at 10 AM) You can re-heat or freeze.

Pork with spicy, red sauce or Chicken with spicy, green sauce or a combination of the 2.

Gluten-free.

1 dozen for $15; $2.50 delivery
If you order more than a dozen, the delivery is free.

Contact Vicky at:  vicky_reyes75@hotmail.com, or 099 987 1580.

English muffins on Wednesday

Don't forget, every Wednesday you will find freshly baked English muffins at your Carolina Smokehouse. What a great mid-week treat -- paired with our delicious sausage or Canadian bacon. Yum. Of course, there will be a full complement of all of our delicious gourmet, natural products for you to choose from. Stop by, say hello, and take home the bacon (sausage, Canadian, prosciutto, biscuit mix, brownie mix and more). A special thank you to everyone who visited with us at Common Ground last Saturday. We will be there every month and look forward to seeing you again, and again. We offer free delivery on all orders of $25 or more. No time to shop? Too much confusion in El Centro? Just give us a call or email and your order will arrive on your doorstep.

Tue. - Thurs. 10:30 until 3 PM, Honorato Vasquez 6-26 y Hermano Miguel, Cuenca

Carolina Smokehouse: tocinoec@gmail.com 097 907 0470

Spanish night, this Saturday

Our popular Spanish night returns this weekend at El Salón.

We've designed a menu of Spanish classics, and you'll enjoy four delicious tapas plates to share for just $9.50 per person:

Salmorejo: a typical dish of Andalucia, this is a soup made with tomatoes, garlic and breadcrumbs, topped with chopped bacon and boiled egg, served with bread and served cold.

Tortilla española rellena: a Spanish omelette made with potatoes, split and filled with a creamy potato salad

Albóndigas: Spanish meatballs in a garlic and tomato sauce

Mejillones a la marinera: mussels in a tangy sauce of tomatoes, wine, garlic and parsley

Hope to see you there. Don't miss out. Reserve your table today.

Saturday, 30 July, from 7 PM, Luis Cordero 6-75 y Presidente Córdova

Xavier: info@elsaloncuenca.com 099 316 5176 facebook.com/elsaloncuenca

Brazilian food

Feijoada. The best brazilian food in Cuenca. Came and taste our delicious food. Now serving lunch.

Edificio El Rocio, Jose Astudillo Regalado y Eduardo Crespo Malo. Zona Rosa.

Sirlei Seidel Correa: sirlei_correa@hotmail.com 099 903 5525 / 282 4769

New Itialian Pizzeria il Faro, located in Edifico Santa Lucia

Great Italian pizza -- Chef Claudio from Sicily.

Open Tuesday -- Sunday 1 PM -  10 PM

Pizza normal, pizza Medium, family size:

Cheese, Tomato, Salami, Mushrooms, Sausage, 4 cheese, Bacon, Vegetarian, Chicken, and more.

Plus many other Italian entrees

Primero de Mayo y Fray Gaspar de Carvacal (Edicfico Santa Lucia)

Claudio: 07 350 0022

Rent a house

Beautiful house. 1 big area on the third floor with bathroom, 1 bedroom in the back with bathroom, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the second floor. First floor living room, dining room, kitchen and social bathroom. Front yard and back yard. Living in a private development just two houses, very secure. Unfurnished, pets are OK.

Address: Los Naranjos y paseo 3 de Noviembre. Cuenca-Ecuador

info: Liz Bennet 095 965 5474.

Pets are allowed.

Address: Los Naranjos y Paseo 3 De Noviembre, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1469413640

I am the owner, Liz Bennet: cristianurgiles23@gmail.com   chirallycorrect@gmail.com  095 965 5474. Call after: 11 AM.

Fully furnished, 2 bedroom apartment in elevator bldg

A warm and inviting, fully-furnished 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths apartment with a small terrace is now available for long-term rental. The light and airy apartment has an open living concept with living room separate dining room, a large kitchen with eat-in bar area and granite countertops, plus a laundry room.

This special apartment is located in the Glorietta Building, a complex, popular wth Gringos, located just one block from the Yanuncay River. On the property is a fully equipped mini-market that has everything you need from fresh veggies and meat, to wine and cleaning equipment.

The elevator building has a 24-hour/7-day a week guard service. The ready to move in, turnkey apartment comes with beds, couches, dining table and chairs, all appliances including stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and a full-size washer and dryer. Dishes, glasses, linens, pots and pans, cutlery, bedding and a TV are also included.

The monthly rental is $850 and includes all utilities, Direct TV, Internet, and twice-monthly maid service. The rental price is non-negotiable and a one-year lease is required. Pets are not allowed. For more photos and information please contact Ecuador at Your Service at ecuadoratyourservice.com

Furnished, $850, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed

Address: Carlos V y Ave. Primero de Mayo, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1469447541

I am a real estate agent, Ecuador at Your Service:  098 764 8030. Call after: 8 AM.

Luxury condo in warm Salinas Ecuador, sleeps 6

It’s a great time of year to enjoy some warmth, sea and sand. We are making our condo on the beach in Salinas Ecuador available from August 15 through Dec 15, for short-term rentals of 5 days or more at $125 per night. There are 3 bedrooms each with a bath, large living, dining area, balcony, and laundry facilities. Perfect for a group of 3 couples or a family with children. The unit is on the 8th floor of Salinas' newest high rise. There are two pools, two hot tubs, pool table and ping pong available. It is fully furnished for six guests including all linens. There are many wonderful restaurants and lots of exciting water sports available. Cheaper monthly rates are also available. Salinas is about 5 hours from Cuenca by bus or car.

Furnished, $125, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Malecon Salinas, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1469468005

I am the owner, Phil Kennemer: kennemer.phi1@gmail.com .

Fully furnished, quality 3 BR house, great location

This house is located in a quiet and safe condominium just a couple of houses, great location. It has first floor: Garage space, 1 car, a living room, a dining room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room with washer and dryer, social bathroom, a big storage room to be used also as working area or play room; and a shared nice green yard with barbeque. Second floor: An office, 3 full bedrooms with their own bathrooms (each one of the bedrooms has led TV), and queen-size bed. About Location: Walking distance to most common areas like: Remigio Crespo, Coliseum, walk 30 minutes to Downtown, nearby there are groceries, ATMs, pharmacies, bus stop, and some parks.

Furnished, $700, negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Av. Unidad Nacional and Amazonas, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1468259833

I am a real estate agent, Janne: jannedelvecchio@gmail.com 099 813 7252. Call after 8 AM

Beautiful house, for rent, in private urbanization

It is in the best private urbanization, it has tennis courts, two soccer fields, social areas and BBQ with trails, parks and private security 24 hours.

The house has a construction area of 600 m2. The first floor consists of front garden, game room, guest bathroom, living room with a large fireplace, large kitchen with breakfast area and cupboard, a bedroom with private bathroom. The floors are brick with stone finishes on the walls, a sitting area next to the back garden and two stairs to the second floor. Parking for 4 cars.

The second floor has four large bedrooms with private bathrooms, study, laundry with laminate flooring.

The third floor consists of a music room (50 m2) with bathroom, storage room and terrace.

Unfurnished, $2,000, negotiable. Pets are allowed

Address: Challuabamba, urbanizacion Colinas de Challuabamba, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1469497641

I am a friend of the owner, Diego Armijos: darmijos@hotmail.com 098 334 4017. Call after: 9 AM.