Monday Morning Running as Fast as I Can!

Monday is my morning for running around town between dropping off and picking up our laundry, stopping in the pharmacy for a few items, replacing our 5 gal containers of bottled water, stopping in the Agripac store for some heavy-duty insecticide because we have both big and little fast-moving ants that are driving both Joe and I nutzzzzzz, running into the bank for a little cash and finally making a stop in one of the bigger supermarkets to get my food shopping started for the week. It is a marathon morning like running a 5k race.

I switch back and forth between Super Tia and Gran Aki for my shopping. Each store has different items that I am interested in purchasing so I shop at both. With Tia you can sign up for a Tia card.

The red card is the one you give to the cashier when you are paying for your order, the blue card is used to transfer the points into cash and you use it to pay for your groceries. I had no idea until last month what this card was for but I got $20 worth of free groceries just for using my card.

I was handed this great beach umbrella this morning when I was leaving the store.  Can’t wait to try it out on the beach this week.

I had to go into the bank today. The banking system at Banco de Guayaquil is that upon entering the bank there is a machine that dispenses numbers for the tellers or customer service representatives for the services that you require. Before I could turn around from getting my ticket my number had already been called and they had moved on to the next number.  It was Monday morning, in the past I have waited for 25 to 35 minutes for my turn but today was completely different. I did not realize it until the machine was already two numbers past mine. The young man who I normally use saw my face as I held up my already passed number and motioned for me to wait behind the person he was serving. Years ago I gave up carrying a wallet and a big purse, I now carry a fabric zipper shoulder bag with my ID and cards held together with an elastic band. I know I must look like a bag lady to this young man, today he saw me fumbling yet again with my elastic band and cards and handed me this cute little card holder.

I felt like I won the jackpot in a lottery. Mine is a sweet little life with little joys from folks that you would never expect. I truly feel blessed, I love these Ecuadorian people they are just beautiful people.

8 thoughts on “Monday Morning Running as Fast as I Can!

  1. Boric Acid, usually sold at pharmacies, can be mixed with a little sugar and usually works well for problems with ants and flies.

    It’s refreshing to read your posts, and I look forward to meeting you. z

    • Lisa, I actually looked all over here as well as Salinas for Boric Acid and finally had to have a friend bring it to me from the states. I truly dislike using pesticides but while we were away the critters took over your kitchen and bath. It is time to do something drastic. Nancy

      • Hey again
        Several years ago at the pharmacy in Paseo Shopping in Portoviejo, I was able to buy “Acido Borico” or something similar to that pairing of words. “Boric Acid” gleaned an empty look from the pharmacist, but when I wrote the words on a sheet of paper, they understood.
        I agree; try to find a natural solution and then bring the big guns if all else fails!
        z

  2. Hi Nancy

    In a bank or a any government office, is there a separate line for seniors? Do they still have to get a number just like you did?

    I enjoy reading your blog especially on the subject of foods and your experiences like this one.

    • Hi Rolie, What I have seen is Seniors, those over 65 years of age, just walk to the front of the line at Banco Bolivariano and Banco Pacifico and are allowed to go next. I have never had a senior go to a teller in front of me at Banco de Guayaquil so I really do not know how that works with the number machine. I guess I will find out when I hit the big 65. Nancy

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  4. In Cuenca, the El Centro main branch of Banco Bolivariano has a seperate line and window for seniors, etc. Around the corner at Banco de Guayaquil, when you get your number ticket from the machine you simply select Tercera Edad and are issued a special number which is supposed to get you to a teller sooner. However, I’ve found that regular numbers sometime move faster, so usually just get a regular and a senior ticket and use which ever is called first. Suburban branches have similar but varying methods for seniors, etc.

    • Terry, thank you for helping us with that. I guess I really need to have a Spanish speaking person read all the options for me. I just learned the ones that pertain to me right now, hopefully in 5 years when I reach 65 I will have my Spanish down pat and can read all the options for myself. I like that you get two numbers, that is a great way to work within the system! Thanks for your comment, Nancy

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