Robert Bradley

Robert Bradley is a former restaurateur and Manager of multiple Meals on Wheels sites in Portland, OR. He has long experience in public service and community relations. He moved to Cuenca in February '17.
The resurrection of Cuenca’s El Vado neighborhood

The resurrection of Cuenca’s El Vado neighborhood

Cuenca street artists who enjoy painting large-scale pieces are familiar with El Vado. Bajada del Vado is famed for the often dramatic street art climbing the steep draw, some crumbling even more rapidly than the wall they use as a canvas. The plazoleta itself, a beautifully designed common area,...

Cuenca couple reaps the rich harvest of hard work

Cuenca couple reaps the rich harvest of hard work

I don’t recall writing a business story that didn’t include coffee or food and this one is no different. This time the tale takes an unexpected turn to detail how a couple succeeded in replenishing a portion of a diminishing well that is essential to us all. All rivers have a deepest, strongest,...

Portrait of a Cuenca artist

Portrait of a Cuenca artist

I awoke to the insistence of tapping rain; tin drums of beads bouncing off the corrugated roof of a neighboring house. The dappled ceiling that had been erected days ago was still nailed to the sky; whoever is in charge must have issued a recall of the color blue and hammered up this dirty white...

Listening to the storytellers

Listening to the storytellers

One of the many advantages of being a journalist is that you can take your workplace anywhere. You do not need a forge or kiln, a frame stretched with canvas, or cans of spray paint and a vacant wall. All you need is a laptop to capture what you are writing and a camera. Observe what you see and...

An international voyager finds safe harbor in Cuenca

An international voyager finds safe harbor in Cuenca

Literature has always been illuminated by constellations of memorable characters. One of my favorite stars is Dean Moriarty, the brilliant, adventurous and a little bit crazed protagonist in Jack Kerouac’s, “On the Road.” Fortunately for us, Mr. Moriarty’s star shined brightly a second time, only...

Letter to my sister

Letter to my sister

Dear Paulee, When I woke up this morning the sky was nearly clear. I thought the flotilla of clouds sailing far down the valley would find moorage on the coast, but they tacked upwind instead, gathering strength in numbers until they became a single vast grey ship hauling fuel for the god Thunder...

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