Hola, Todos –
I think I need to clarify the purpose of this column. I go through the El Mercurio newspaper and translate articles about things to go to or things to do <since retired ex-pats seem to need as much entertainment as the average 5 year old> as well as other articles I think might interest some of you. I do not do any research beyond reading the paper. If things pique your interest, you’ll have to do your own research or wait until El Mercurio decides to do a follow up or progress report story.
Pagina cultural –
Today’s agenda event –
Magazine – DAYA, Diseño, Arte y Arquitectura Magazine was presented Thurs. in the Multi-Use Room at the U. of Azuay.
Upcoming and ongoing agenda events –
Concierto – The Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca will present an homage to Gualaceo’s 193 years of cantonization Friday at 20:00 and on domingo at 11:00, both performances in the teatro Pumapungo.
Workshop – There will be a workshop titled, “Del silencio a la palabra: comunicándome efectivamente” (From silence to word: communicating effectively), held el sábado at 10:00 on calle Allcuquiro 31-13 between av. Yanahurco y Río Upano (sector Herlinda Toral High School).
Articles about –
Solsticio de verano (Summer solstice) – The Ñawpa Rimaykuna collective will be in the plaza and the glorietta of the Parque Calderón el sábado from 14:00. At least 300 people will come from the urban barrios and rural communities to remember how their Cañari and Inca ancestors gathered to give tribute to their gods. There will be two performances in the CCE. The first will be after the 14:00 gathering (I think) and the second at 19:00.
Día Mundial de Yoga – There will be a yoga program el sábado from 8-11:30 in the parque De La Madre. It is open to the public and there will be several instructors. This week and next, yoga schools in the city will offer special classes.
Danza – The National Dance Company presented “La Consagración de la Primavera” Thurs. in the teatro Pumapungo.
Teatro – “Dionisia” was presented Thurs. in the theater at the Casa de Cultura. It’s a monologue by a woman who is tired of excess and wants to find satisfaction in simple things. <There’s a magazine dedicated to that in the US. I think if you need to consult a magazine in order to live simply, you simply don’t have it in you to simplify. Especially since the magazine’s probably full of things to buy so you can have a more satisfactory simple life.>
Otras cosas –
Titular – Estragos por lluvias no cesan (Havoc due to incessant rains) – The rains of the past few days have damaged roads in the rural areas of Cuenca such as in Miraflores-El Tablón to the north, in Sinincay, Zhuday-Tutupali Chico, and in the Tarqui parish to the south. The Río Tarqui overflowed in the Tres Marías Bajo sector, flooding a pasture. In the Miraflores barrio, part of the paving collapsed on the vía Miraflores-El Tablón breaking a sewer line which is next to a water main from the Tixán water plant. <The accompanying photo looks like they’re pumping liquid out of the hole into a neighboring corn field. It may get to be the biggest corn in Cuenca but would you want to eat it. The ick factor.>
Toll roads – The Prefectura of Azuay Province is proposing a system of toll roads including state route Cuenca-Cañar and then to the eastern cantons; Cuenca-Pasaje; Cuenca-Loja; Cuenca-Molleturo-Naranjal; and 16 roads inside Azuay. The tolls are estimated to generate $8-11 million which will be used to maintain and improve the roads in the network. <And which will be diverted to some future politician’s signature transportation project.>
Electric meters – There is no charge to install an electric meter, but you must pay a guarantee for the meter. The deposit for a two phase residential meter is from $15-18, and for a commercial 3 phase meter, from $30-40. A 3 phase meter also has to be accompanied by an electrical study justifying the need for 3 phase service. If you want a new meter for new construction, note the number on the nearest meter and Empresa Electric’s system will locate it.
IESS – The Minister of Finance is doing their own study to see how much money, if any, the government owes to IESS which has asked the government to pay $2.527 billion which was the state’s contribution to finance health services for retirees and for people with catastrophic illnesses. <Sounds like a neighbor north – borrowing from Social Security to fund current expenses. And then screaming SS is running out of money. There’s a difference between running out and being bled.>
Pagina intercultural – The article is about the medicinal properties of 3 plants: sábila (aloe vera), llantén (plantain – not the banana), and ruda (rue). There are also photos of each of the plants in the ground. <Worth reading if this topic interests you. It lists all the uses for the plant and how to prepare it. You can probably find all of them in a mercado in the herbs section.>
And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –