Cindi and Ken’s second visit to Salinas

I met Cindi and Ken back in May when they had visited Salinas for the first time.  Actually they must have fallen in love with this town as they are back to sign the paperwork for a condo on the malecon.  This time they brought Jeff with them to enjoy a few days of whale watching and Expat gatherings.

Ken, Cindi and Jeff

They also came bearing gifts – Twizzlers and Good and Plenty candies that I have not seen here along with spices that will make my culinary adventures attainable. Thanks again for making my day with these great treats.

We hope you enjoy your remaining time here and, now that you are property owners, I’m sure we will be seeing you back in town often.

High tides never happened

On Friday I posted the pictures of an empty beach with police patrolling to be sure no one went in the water or even sat on the sand. This was caused by an Orange Alert that the government issued. By evening the police had left and folks started milling around on the sand and I understand that the Orange Alert went to Yellow. Yesterday was a beautiful day with lots of sun and warm breezes and all was back to normal. A beach full of people enjoying this holiday weekend.

Mar Bravo - some high tide waves on this side

We noticed a group setting up a hot air balloon on the beach yesterday. For how hard they tried to get it inflated it never got off the ground.

Also tomorrow starts the Crab Ban so if you are a crab lover today is the last day for the next month that you will be allowed to buy these yummy creatures.

Evacuate the beach, Por Favor!

Mid-morning today the police patrols starting announcing the evacuation of the beaches in Salinas. Calling for all crafts, sunbathers, swimmers and vendors to leave the beach due to high tide alerts.  Most folks are now milling around the malecon.

Below is a link to La Nueva for an article that outlines the evacuation.

Tomorrow is the official holiday to celebrate the Independence of Quito and many folks are on their way to Salinas and other beach towns for this long weekend. According to what we have read, the beaches, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming will be prohibited for the next three days. Currently there are police as well as other gentlemen standing guard on the malecon and at the waters edge.

I have never seen the beach this quiet except for census and election days. Strange to be able to see the beach so bare!

High noon Thursday, August 11, 2011


High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011


High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011


What do you think these folks are being told?


A few of the folks patroling the waters edge.

What is this?

Today we noticed this huge boat and watched as it left heading West – what is it? We have seen many styles of tankers in our year here but this was just so huge it caught out attention, especially when this afternoon while it was leaving the sun shown on it making it glow.

I also took a video take a look below:

Some Vehicles we see in Salinas

Vehicles are all different sizes, shapes and colors, with or without engines, some pedal powered, those that are shiny and new and those that are old or have been pieced together from who knows what materials all seem to end up driving around Salinas. We sit back and smile when we see the different modes of transportation used by the folks here in Salinas. Here are just a few pictures for your amusement:

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Ecuador Independence Day – celebrating on August 12th

August 10 is the official date of the Declaration of Independence of Quito which is a national holiday here in Ecuador. It will be celebrated on August 12th this year. This is a mandatory holiday both public and private.

Independence Plaza Quito

Ecuador became an independent territory after it ceased to be a part of Greater Colombia in 1830. Independence Day in Ecuador is celebrated on 10th August.

The Spanish settled in the region in 1532 and their kingdom flourished. The people of Ecuador revolted against the Spanish rule for the first time in 1809. A decade later in 1819 Ecuador along with Panama and Colombia became a part of the confederation of Greater Colombia.

Ecuador gained its independence in 1830 after the collapse of Greater Colombia. It was now known as the Republic of Ecuador. Since then 10th August has been celebrated as Independence Day in Ecuador. Numerous programs are organized to observe this day in different parts of the country, especially in the capital city of Quito. It also marks the anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha that was fought in Quito. It turned the tables for the invading Spanish army as the local armies succeeded in defeat them. This begun the era of political autonomy in Ecuador.

Independence celebrations in Ecuador includes special events organized throughout the day to celebrate the occasion. The extravaganza includes cultural exhibitions, parades by military forces and cannon fire. In Quito the events are mostly organized in Plaza de la Independencia and the Palacio de Gobierno.

Ecuador Independence Day is also celebrated by the people of the country residing in United States of America. Various events are organized by the immigrant community to celebrate this event with music, sports and cultural shows.

This has been reprinted from: Maps of the World at

Sunrise and Sunset

Several readers have had questions about my sunrise and sunset pictures. We are living on the Pacific and if you remember your geography lessons if facing the water we should be facing west. This would account for sunset pictures but how in the world do we get sunrise pictures. The above map shows how the coast of Ecuador around Salinas  juts out into the Pacific and curves north. This explains how living in Salinas on the malecon with a balcony in front and in back we can take pictures of both the sunrises and the sunsets. Pretty cool!

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17c this morning in Salinas

It was a little cool this morning with the temperature at 6:30am reading 17c or 62.6f – with the wind coming off the water it felt like 55 degrees. I was suitably dressed in a knit cap and jacket but I really think I needed gloves as my hands were frozen….

Salinas 6;30am August 1, 2011