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Thousands gather in Parque Calderon to welcome home Olympic hero Jefferson Perez

Police estimate that more than 20,000 gathered in Parque Calderon, Friday, Aug. 29, to honor Cuenca native son and Olympic hero Jefferson Perez. The celebration featured live music, dancing, food, reverly and an evening fireworks display. Perez won the silver medal Aug. 15 at the Beijing games, finishing second by 14 seconds to Russia´s Valeriy Borchin in the 20-kilometer walk. Perez, who had announced earlier […]

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VILCABAMBA ODYSSEYThe old man and the broom

By Ron Gordon This morning, early, I walked to the village of Vilcabamba.  To sit quietly, in the town square at early morning is to move into a Garcia Marquez novel.  The village, so sleepy on its surface, is vibrating with energy. The skies seem ready to rain butterflies at any moment, covering the park, […]

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Romanian artist Liza Gafitanu Wheeler brings the ancient craft of mosaic art to Cuenca — and makes a major donation to the Tadeo Torres Home for Infants

Like other major art centers, Cuenca has always depended on outsiders to enrich its heritage. One recent contributor, Liza Gafitanu Wheeler, caught the town's attention in February with a presentation of mosaic glass art at the Interamerican Center for Popular Arts (CIDAP). One of those who attended the exhibit was Juan Mendoza, who has taught painting at several Latin American universities. "I […]

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LITERARY DEAD END DEPT.Making sense of it all baffles another great mind as critic and novelist David Foster Wallace abandons the quest

By A.O. Scott  Reviewing a biography of Jorge Luis Borges in The New York Times Book Review a few years back, David Foster Wallace attacked the standard biographical procedure of mining the lives of writers for clues to their work, and vice versa. Borges’s stories, he insisted, “so completely transcend their motive cause that the […]

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Do you like orchids? You´ll find thousands and thousands of them in Gualaceo

One of the best sources for travel tips, especially for discovering  off-the-beaten-path jewels, are travel blogs. The following is an entry posted earlier this year in Nancy and Chuck Watson’s blog. The Watsons have homes in Cuenca and in Washington state, where their children and grandchildren live. We went to Chordeleg, a small town about […]

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Cuenca’s famous Easter soup: the culinary approach to learning Spanish

by Calvin Trillin, September 5, 2005   I try not to let a decade pass without renewing my assault on Spanish, which I keep hearing described as an easy language to learn. In the nineties, in preparation for a trip to northern Spain, I bought myself a videotape Spanish course in the form of a sixteen-episode […]

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