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Dickens in Cuenca Christmas drama, New Ecuador-Colombia agreements, Music festival in San Blas, Love in the Time of Cholera

Miércoles, 5/12/2018
Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

Pagina cultural –

“Navidad, Memoria y Tradición” – This exhibit of 74 nativities from 12 American countries is continuing at CIDAP (on las Escalinatas).

Festival de Música – There will be an electronic music festival, “Marsatac,” el viernes a las 21:00 in the Casa de la Provincia de la Prefectura del Azuay (west end of parque San Blas) <If you’re directionally challenged, that would be up river. If you need to walk over to the river to see what’s up, you’re more challenged than I thought. But not as challenged as I am electronically.>

Hat weaving in Parque Calderon on Wednesday (Bartley D’Alsonso)

Teatro – “Navidad Morlaca” will premier el viernes y sábado a las 20:00 in the Teatro Pumapungo. The cast is all over 60 years old, selected from public auditions and not through workshops in theater. The work is based on Dicken’s Cuento de Navidad <You should be able to figure that one out. Hint: Scrooge and Tiny Tim>, although it has been Cuecanized. One of the carols got new words, “Vengan a comer motecito, cuchicito, roscas…” (Come and eat a little mote, a little pork, rosca cookies…”

Exposición – “Vuelos,” a show of paintings by artist Yojaira Rueda Nolivos opened today in the Galería de la Alcaldía.

Teatro – La Compañía de Teatro de la Universidad del Azuay will present “Colera en Tiempos de Amor” (Cholera in Times of Love) Thursday a las 19:00 in the university auditorium. The work is in the style of versatile clown in 3 acts and two intermediates (mini-acts).

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Ruta del Turismo Religioso – The Tourism Foundation for Cuenca has designed a Religious Tourism Route which will include various churches and religious celebrations. <Or you could just join all the Cuencanos who do the stations of the cross at Easter. Immersion tourism or just being a good Catholic?>

A closer look (Bartley D’Alfonso)

Festival Músical – The “Príncipe de Paz” school will have a music festival with 5 schools participating el viernes a las 14:30 in the school auditorium (Carlos V number 3-176 y Primero de Mayo). <If you go, not only will you probably be the only gringo there, but also the only person not related to a performer or school staff.>

Otras cosas –

Titular – “Diezmos” precipitan renuncia de Vicuña (“Tithes” precipitate resignation of Vicuña) – See Wednesday’s article in CHL for the story. <A note on diezmos – can you see the 10 in the word – and a tithe is a 1/10?>

Hat weavers – The Economuseo has trained some 1,000 weavers in the past 4 years. <If I remember the photos correctly, some have been gringas. I guess we know what your friends and family are getting for Christmas.>

Electoral expenses – The Consejo National Electoral approved $12.8 million as the maximum to be spent on the 2019 seccional (local?) elections. The amount is based on the number of voters and number of candidates for the offices.

Presidential meeting – President Iván Duque of Colombia met with Pres. Moreno to sign an agreement covering 43 issues including border security, creating a fund for social development, and sharing a a 600 MHz band to reduce “roaming” between the two countries. <Does that mean my Ecuadorian phone would work in Colombia? Remember I’m the biggest technological dummy you’ll meet – and I can do it in two languages.>

Suspension of projects – 3 city projects have been suspended for various reasons. Remodeling of the 27 de Febrero market was suspended because some of the merchants were opposed and asked the mayor to postpone the project because the building has not completed its useful life. <Better to wait until things start falling apart and then panic and demand immediate action.> The traffic interchange at De Las Americas and Octavio Chacón at the Choferes gas station can’t go ahead until the Tranvía work in Milchichig is finished. Opening a stretch of av. de Los Migrantes doesn’t make sense until the land donated by the military at the Cuartel Cayambe is sold.

Study about the páramos – The study by the Department of Water Resources at the U. of Cuenca is titled “Aliento de las tierras altas andinas: Intercambio Ecosistámico Neto de Carbono y Evapotranspiración sobre el páramo del Sur del Ecuador,” and available on line at es:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168192318303526. <This is for you limited readers who are Spanish speaking hydrologists.>

Descuentos y compras –

Nissan – Extended hours in Dec. <Wow – an offer one can’t refuse> – Versas from $21,500 with $1,500 bonus to pathfinders from $67,990 with a $3,000 bonus.

Christmas dinner – from Hosteria Duran – delivered to your house – Turkey with plum & mushroom sauces, Russian salad, potatoes au gratin, Xmas rice and Yule log – for 12 people: $120.00 and for 25: $200.00 – 099 234 0985 or 07 289 2485.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne