Thursday, January 21, 2016

Manta friends

I'm sure you all thought we had gotten washed away...almost two weeks since a post, lo siento! (I'm sorry, in Spanish)

Well, we survived the high tides, we had to do some sweeping, and shoveling of sand, but no damage. High tide coincided with happy hour, so we sat out with a drink and watched the water come closer and closer, and then slept well knowing we weren't going to drown! 

We invited our Manta friends, whom we met at the weekend of the air show, (a blog readers family) to have a day at the beach on Saturday. We had lots of snacks and a cool overcast day, good conversation and a very nice afternoon.

Our friend Felipe's cousin Soledad, here with Mike and I. She lived in the States for a couple of years, so her English is very good, and their daughter is learning English in school, so it was a fun mix of English and Spanish for the afternoon festivities.

The girls were very interested in all the crafty stuff I do, and we talked about Pinterest and all things recycled most of the day. They live near the beach too, but don't get the shells we do, they couldn't believe all the fun ones we'd found.

Later at low tide, the boys took a walk down to the Boca and Mike showed Rubelly and Samuel the Mangalar tower, little Samuel loved it! What a great place for a five year old boy!!

The day was a huge success, all the kids (even ours) were very well behaved, and we have plans for an outing after Carnivale. 

At one point the fishermen were coming in, so Rubelly went to help push the boat to shore, and was rewarded with fish and some small crabs. Our shrimp guy came by and gave them my "family discount" and they took home plenty of seafood for cheap!

They really enjoyed getting to hang with us, under the new shade, and right on the beach. We are so thankful for getting to visit with our blog reader Felipe, and for him introducing us to his wonderful family. Thanks again Felipe! Hope you are well, as for your family, they are doing great!

Carnivale is early Feb this year, and I'm trying to get some shell and painted driftwood things made for sale, so I've only got a couple more weeks, yikes! Then we will plan an outing with Soledad and Rubelly, either to a monkey reserve, or another beach community, Frailes...whatever we do, we know we'll have good food, and great company, so stay tuned, the adventure continues!

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