We share another typical day in our life in this Cuenca Ecuador Expat Living video. After my morning massage, we had a late lunch with friends, visited an organic shop in El Centro, walked around this beautiful city taking pictures and ended our afternoon at Zatua Miski for a peanut butter chocolate ice cream bar.
The next morning, we woke to a beautiful day during the rainy season here in Cuenca Ecuador, so we decided to take Daisy for a walk along the river. Little did we know that a pothole had my name on it.
Cuenca Ecuador Massage
Part of my Cuenca Ecuador Expat Living involves a massage every Friday morning at Jerri’s house. She’s another American expat living here in Cuenca and a very talented masseuse. She helps my back pain tremendously!
Back in Denver, I could only afford one massage per month, but here in Cuenca I get one every week. Jerri charges $30 for an hour and $45 for 90 minutes. If you’d like Jerri’s contact info, please drop us a note and I’ll send an email introduction.
I especially like her heated massage table and the relaxing atmosphere. And she’s only a short walk from our house.
If you’re considering a move to Cuenca or Ecuador, you might find our Ecuador Expat Info videos helpful.
Special Lunch at Namaste India
Chinnu and Abin brought back some white lentil flour from India and invited the India crew for a special lunch at Namaste India. Chinnu made fresh dosa, sambar and coconut chutney, and it was AMAZING!!! Abin is going to gain 200 pounds from Chinnu’s cooking!
Dosa is an Indian pancake made with white lentil flour while sambar (pronounced samba) is a traditional southern Indian breakfast stew made with lots of vegetables. We ate this breakfast almost every morning during our time in Kerala India for Chinnu and Abin’s wedding.
However, we can’t get dosa here in Ecuador because white lentils aren’t available here. Additionally, Chinnu says it’s very difficult to make here because of the cool temperature and high altitude affect the batter somehow.
This was our first time eating coconut chutney, but it was equally amazing. It was very rich and spicy! We were very thankful, as always, to be invited for this special lunch.
Semilla Organic Shop Cuenca
Paul and Patrick go to Semilla often for their organic supplies. However, we had never been there before so the four of us walked down there after our lunch at Namaste.
We met the owners of Semilla (which means “seed” in Spanish) at a marriage celebration party for Chinnu and Abin last week so we were excited to visit their store. It’s located about 1/2 block north of Calle Larga on Mariano Cueva.
Several people have asked me about getting CBD Oil here in Cuenca Ecuador, and they also sell that. We’ve seen it in a few other stores around town, too. It helped a lot with the neuropathy in my feet and legs following my spinal cord damage and surgeries.
Cuenca El Centro Photo Gallery
After we left Semilla, it was such a beautiful day that we decided to walk around El Centro in downtown Cuenca Ecuador. Rather than film this part of our Cuenca Ecuador Expat Living, I decided to switch over to photo mode and take some pictures. This city is incredibly photogenic! Click the photos to enlarge.
Zatua Miska Ice Cream Bar
After a loop around El Centro, we walked by Zatua Miski for a delicious ice cream bar. This is a relatively new menu item that we hadn’t tried yet. The folks at Semilla were raving about it, so Amelia was determined to try it. And the most appropriate word to describe it is “WOW”! We got the manicho, which is maní (peanut butter) and chocolate. O-M-G! You have to try one!
The next morning, we woke to a beautiful day so we decided to include a walk along the Yanuncay River in this Cuenca Ecuador Expat Living video.
I had my camera mounted to my gimbal, which is a pretty heavy contraption, but it makes for some really amazing and smooth motion shots. We were waiting to cross the street near the Yanuncay River trail when a motorcycle pulled up to the intersection. It started to turn right heading away from us, so we stepped off the curb into the street.
At the last second, the motorcycle driver changed his mind and turned left in front of us. I took a half step sideways and stepped on the rim of a pothole. My ankle rolled and I hit the ground like a sack of potatoes on top of my camera and gimbal.
Laying flat on my stomach in the middle of the street, all I could think about was my camera! I checked it first to make sure it was ok. Then I realized I was in a lot of pain. My elbow was throbbing from where it hit the pavement, my bloodied right hand was smashed between the gimbal and the street and my left palm had sand embedded in it and my left wrist was also hurt.
But those were minor injuries compared to my left ankle. I tried to stand up, but couldn’t put any weight on it. Amelia had to help me get to the curb. After sitting for a minute, I was able to stand up and Amelia told me to walk it off. That’s her motto for every injury!
After a few minutes, it started feeling better so we decided to continue our walk. In retrospect, that was a bad idea. The endorphins and my nerve damage were masking the pain and the extent of the injury. When we got back home, I took my shoes and socks off. That’s when we realized it was a lot worse than we thought.
We took these pictures the next day and the swelling had already gone down a little. My ankle was the size of a grapefruit when we got home from our walk.
Thanks to my anti-inflammatory vegan superpower, my injuries are already a lot better on day three. The swelling has gone down a lot and I’m able to put a little weight on my left foot. I should be back to normal in a week or two.
The moral of the story is to ALWAYS look where you step! This could have happened anywhere and had nothing to do with Cuenca. That pothole was in the right place at the wrong time. I’m just really thankful my camera is still working and only sustained a few scrapes of its own.
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