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Hotels face occupancy crisis, Iron dog competition, Wear your Panamas on Friday

Lunes, 11/3/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Teatro – “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” by Federico García Lorca will be performed el viernes 22, and sábado, 23/3 a las 20:00 in the Sala Alfonso Carrasco in the CCE. You can get tickets on Whatsapp 096 998 1100 or at the theater box office on the day of the play.

The Month of the Woman – The Planetarium has a special program in honor of this month. There is a photo exhibit of women in the sciences and el miércoles, 13/3 a las 17:00 there will be a talk, “La vida secreta de los mapas” (The secret life of maps). The film “Agora” will be shown el jueves 14/3 a las 19:00.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

The town plaza in Pucará.

Extreme dog sports – The “Can de Acero” competition will be held el sábado, 16/3 at the Unida de Equitación y Remonta “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos” (UER) in Narancay. The Iron Dog contest will have 4 categories: interinstitutional (Nat’l Police, Armed Forces and Emergency Units) with handlers over 18. There are other categories for youth from 14-17 years and their pets. There are spots for 120 civilian competitors and for 7 institutional teams. Register on 12, 13, & 14/3 at the offices of GOE, the sponsor (Tadeo Torres y José Alvear). The free event is sponsored by the Grupo de Operaciones Especiales of the National Police. <If your dog sits and stays on command it’s probably better trained than of 99% of the pooches here.>

Pucará – This canton 126 km. from Cuenca has many tourist attractions including the Laguna San José de la Betania if you like fishing; Mesarrumi and Verdecocha Lakes; the Piedra Sombrero (Hat Rock); the Cueva del Diablo (Devil’s Cave) in the Quinoas forest, locations which are the source of many popular local legends; and the Cerro Shalo (Shalo Hill).

Otras cosas –

Titular – Unos hoteles cierran; otros son alquilados (Some hotels close; others are rented) – Hotels are facing low occupancy rates and some have closed while others have rented to other operators. Some have lowered prices. The Hostal Monasterio de Colección closed last week. The owner said when he opened 6 years ago the room rate was $60, and when he closed it was $36 including breakfast and taxes. <I see an opportunity for a rich gringo to buy a small hotel and turn it back into a house.>

Hat Friday – La Asociación de Jóvenes Empresarios de Cuenca (The Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Cuenca) – started a campaign on social media for “Hat Friday” for people to wear their “Panama” hats every Friday. <Just think about that, you won’t look like a tourist if you wear your hat on Friday. Because the other people who wear “Panama” hats a lot are the indigenous, and I have yuge doubts that a gringo could be mistaken for an indigenous person.> As part of the campaign, the Association wants to replace Panama Hat with Ecuadorian Hat since sombreros de papa toquilla are often used in Europe where it’s not known that they are made here in Ecuador.

Vote results – CNE will start releasing partial vote results starting at 20:00 on election day, March 24. Final results won’t be until votes have been verified and that can take a few days. If this year is the same as previous years, Azuay, Cañar and Loja will be the first provinces to give their results to the national council. There will not be an “exit poll” (written in English), but there are organizations that have signed up to conduct “encuestas a boca de urna” (exit polls <I’m confused.> which comes with a condition. The polling organizations have to present their findings to CNE first.

Vote simulation – There will be a second election simulation el próximo domingo. The first was successful.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne