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Thank You

I will like to express my deepest thanks to the Music Nomads for their generous gifts. The toothbrushes will help all these kids from Nabon and Loja enormously. Once again a heartfelt thank you!

Dra. Grace Ordoñez

Hazlo Vos Mismo Interactive Art Exhibit

Hazlo Vos Mismo: Do it Yourself!, an interactive art exhibit at Cuenca’s Museo Pumapungo until Sunday, December 28. Curated by Julio César Abad Vidal and Lakomuna.

Schedule of Activities:

Urban Gardening: Sat 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Grati-Feria, a 100% FREE store: Sat and Sun 10:00 -5:00 pm
Sound Intervention: Sat 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Presentation by Julio César Abad Vidal, event curator: Sat. 7:00 pm

Sony DSLR Camera For Sale

Sony a55 with 18-55 mm zoom lens, only two years old. Very good shape.

- Digital SLR with translucent mirror technology, accelerates AF performance
– 16.2 megapixels with Sony Exmor HD APS sensor
– 1080/60i Full AVCHD or 1080/30p movies
– With 18-55mm lens
– Inside GPS that localizes pictures
– comes with 16Go SD Card and lowepro camera bag.

Asking $390.

Please call Ben at 098 085 7884 or email dongolame@gmail.com

Candle Light Christmas Concert

The new Cuenca International Chorale will perform a candlelight Christmas concert in the Old Cathedral on Monday, December 22 at 7:30 pm.

Under the direction of Andrea Lyman and accompanied by Sheila Johns, this 45 member chorale of Gringos and Cuencanos will perform a program of music from the Middle Ages as well as more contemporary pieces. There will also be an opportunity for everyone to sing along on several traditional Christmas carols in both English and Spanish and to participate in a “Silent Night” candle lighting experience. Entrance is free.

[Note the Cuenca Symphony is NOT performing in the Old Cathedral at 8:00 pm on this night as was erroneously announced earlier in another post.]

Lola Needs a Home

Rescued Paute street dog needs a forever home. Lola has been fixed and given her shots. The vet thinks she is not much older than 1 year.


She is a very lovable dog, is potty trained, walks on a leash, and will walk with you without the leash, but needs training to live in a house. She would make an excellent farm dog.

If you think you are this sweet girl’s new home please call 098-036-1633 or send a message to Karen using the reply form below.


Christmas Tradition Lives in Cuenca

Enjoy a hearty traditional Christmas Day dinner with us at Restaurant Don Colon from 1:00 until 9:00 PM.

Your dinner experience begins with a salad; continues with your choice of an entrée of either stuffed turkey with all of the trimmings, filet mignon cooked to order, or grilled sea bass; topped off by dessert; and a complimentary glass of sangria to accompany your meal. All for $12.95 plus tax and tip.

Reservations are required. Please call us at 099 827 0703 or 282 9397 to reserve a table for your friends and family. Don Colon is located at Benigno Malo y Sucre, across from Parque Calderon and the New Cathedral, in the white Notary building.

Looking to Purchase Arm Chair

Looking for a comfortable reading chair to fit a petite person. Will consider any condition as I can repair and/or recover. If you have one you think might work, just send a picture and best price to densmreg@gmail.com. Thank you!

English Christian Worship

All are welcome to International Christian Community (ICC) worship service this Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. located at Nicanor Aguilar y Solano, just north and east of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the little one way street west between the hospital and the stadium. For this fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor David’s sermon is titled “God of Greatness.” Join us in worship, celebrating this Advent Season with scripture readings, prayer, music, singing of hymns, and spoken word. Bilingual Sunday school for children and youth is held during the service.
Welcome also to our candle light Christmas Eve Service at 6:30.

Check our website: www.internationalchristiancommunity.org; Rev. Dr. David Small, pastor, desmall62@gmail.com

Christmas Dinner/Breakfast in Cuenca?

We are traveling to Cuenca for the holidays and are hoping someone may be able to suggest some Christmas dinner and breakfast options.

Calvary Chapel English & Spanish Sunday Services

Inviting all to worship with us at Calvary Chapel, studying verse-by-verse from the Holy Bible. This Sunday only (Dec. 21st) is our combined service in English and in Spanish at 11:00am.

Calvary Chapel is pleased to provide Sunday School for both English and Spanish-speaking children. The English language Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and the Spanish language Sunday School is held at 11:00. All children are welcome!

Please join us also in celebrating the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month during both services (9:30am in English and 11am in Spanish). Our new location is at the end of bus line #22, six blocks west of Coral Centro on Montufar and Primera Convención, where the drivers stop to take a break in front of the new church. Enjoy fellowship and brunch weekly after each service.

FAUNA Full Service Veterinary Clinic

capricho 1Because your pet’s health is our satisfaction.

Fauna Animal Clinic and Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic. One of the many advantages we offer our patients are veterinarians experienced in complicated and difficult cases. We pride ourselves in providing quality, compassionate care to our patients and offering a modern up-to-date facility with many diagnostic and surgical options that are often found only at teaching facilities, yet Fauna Veterinary Clinic offers these procedures at affordable prices.

We offer consultations, dental care, surgery and hospitalization, an in-house laboratory and pharmacy, electrocardiograms, dog grooming and boarding, and a fully stocked pet shop. And best of all, we have an English speaking veterinarian on staff.

Mention today’s advertisement and receive 20% off your initial consultation.

We are located at Remigio Crespo 7-126 y Guayas. You can reach us by telephone at 288 0738 or 404 8459; by cellular at 099 147 5903 or 098 585 0821, or by email at clinicavetfauna@yahoo.com.

Common Grounds Events This Week

Tonight is Trivia Night. Starting at 7pm, enjoy a burger special + beer for $7.00.

Friday the 19th enjoy Happy Hour cocktails for $3.50 from 7pm to 11pm and our beef burrito special for $6.00.

Saturday the 20th is Karaoke Night beginning at 7pm. NFL football will be shown on the big screens from 1pm to 4pm, with happy hour cocktails for $3.50 all night.

Sunday the 21st Santa Claus will be here from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adult breakfast available for purchase, plus a chili dog and burger special with fries for the kids. We’ll also have an Angel Tree Gift Giving Party for Buena Esperana Orphanage. Come show your support this holiday season with a donation for those less fortunate. And as always – NFL Football!

And remember we have a great new location — Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia (diagonal to Pio Pio up the street).

Baking Soda & Tumeric For Sale

I brought back Arm&Hammer baking soda and tumeric in limited quantities. $2 a cup for baking soda, and $2.50 for 1/4 cup of tumeric. Baking soda is in original packaging (not one pound boxes).

International Holiday Market & Gala

International Christmas Market and Gala Saturday 11am to 10 pm at Parque de la Madre.

Art, essences, music, toys, puppets, chocolates, choral, face painting, holiday gifts and many more surprises!

Please join us to celebrate Cuenca and the holidays!

Wine Rack For Sale

Cast iron wine rack from Pier One. Holds 24 bottles of wine.

Apartment/House Wanted to Rent

Retired couple with small dog looking for an apartment (preferred) or a house either furnished (preferred) or partially-furnished (refrigerator & stove required) with bathtub and balcony. Near river for walking.

Please respond by using the reply button below:


Membership at the Best Spa in Cuenca

Become a member of the best spa in Cuenca for a single yearly price. The Piedra de Agua Hot Springs & Spa’s membership includes unlimited access every day, all year, to all our facilities.

Ask for more information by email (we speak English) at info@piedradeagua.com.ec or visit our website at http://www.en.piedradeagua.com.ec/

Phone with audio/video for US calls?

I have been researching audio/video phones to stay in touch with folks in the US. I learned that Skype, long a leader, has gone downhill in the last few years. Do those who have had Skype agree that it has declined? Does anyone know of a better way to go?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen-TherapyHyperbaric medicine is oxygen therapy under atmospheric pressure. Hyperbaric therapy is not an alternative medicine; it is the product of many years of formal scientific research. Oxygen delivered to the body under increased pressure is valuable in treating a number of different conditions such as vascular brain injuries, cancer, post-surgical healing, gas poisoning, impotence, colitis, diabetic foot problems, stress, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiac infarction, burns, chronic fatigue, migraines, herpes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and anemia. Our offices are located on Avenida 12 de Octubre, between the gas station and JAC Trucks.

Call Dr. David Korchak at 099 500 0309 or 07 245 5117 or email him using the reply form below.

Contact Dr. Korchak

New York Style Bagels & Pretzels

bagelsWe invite you to try our premium products. Our big beautiful bagels come in garlic, onion, sesame, and cinnamon raisin flavors. We also have cinnamon rolls, sourdough bread, and fresh baked soft pretzels. Many of our products are gluten-free.

To order, you may telephone Marietha Rojas at 07 245 5117 or 099 500 0309, or by email at bestbigapplebagels@hotmail.com. Online ordering is available on our website at http://www.bestbigapplebagels.com/

This Week’s Specials at Sojo Spa

Enjoy incredible specials this week at Sojo Spa. Until Saturday (December 20) you can get a single process color, cut and style for $40. Get a pedicure, manicure, and deep cleansing facial all for $30. Get a deep conditioning treatment, cut and style for only $10. And men can enjoy a pedicure and a haircut for $10.

We will be in Montañita from Sunday, December 21 to Tuesday, December 23 to provide services to our clients who will be vacationing on the coast during that time. If you’d like to make an appointment in Montañita, please call us at 098-385-7531. We will return to Cuenca on Friday, December 26 to get you looking fabulous for those New Year’s Eve festivities!

Our Cuenca salon is located at José Astudillo & Eduardo Crespo Malo in the Edificio la Cuadra 2 at Local 5 in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. You can call us at (07) 283-9944 or 098-385-7531. You can also email us by using the reply form below:


Ecuador Visas and Containers

For an ALL-INCLUSIVE price of $600 (government fee of $350 to be paid by the applicant), Ecuador Visas and Containers provides the comprehensive processing of ANY permanent residency Visa type (includes all translations, notarizations, review of all foreign documents, submission of your Visa applications to the Ministry, etc.).

Alternatively, for those who only need a temporary extension Visa type 12-9 or 12-10, the ALL-INCLUSIVE price is $170 (the government fee of $230 to be paid by the applicant) and again includes all translations, notarizations, review of all foreign documents, submission of your Visa applications to the Ministry, etc.

Ecuador Visas and Containers also offers very low cost and reliable household goods container transport services as well. We can assist with any other necessary Ecuador legal services (i.e., drivers licenses, real estate purchases, rental contracts, etc.).  Another service we offer is assistance with Ecuador citizenship, naturalization, and passport services. We can even help you with your U.S. tax filing needs while living your dream in Ecuador.

To see my recommendations, click here 

Address: Acropolis Building, Office #303, located at Avenida Jose Peralta y Avenida 12 de Abril (Cuenca)

“Ecuador Visas” Website and Cuenca Health Care Website of “Find Health in Ecuador”: www.EcuadorVisas.com and www.FindHealthInEcuador.com

To contact “Sara Chaca”, click on the reply below.

Pedregal Azteca Is Open Today!

We are in a new location; a beautiful and cozy restored house. We will be waiting for you to enjoy the best Mexican food and margaritas in Cuenca!

Our new address is: Estévez de Toral 8-60 & Bolívar (two blocks from the San Sebastian Church).

We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. We are open Sundays from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

We hope to see you soon!

Traffic Disruption Possible in Guayaquil

The U.S Consulate General in Guayaquil alerts U.S. citizens living and traveling in Guayaquil to possible transportation delays over the weekend due to soccer competitions.  On Sunday, December 21, at a time yet to be determined, the soccer game will be played at Emelec’s home stadium in Guayaquil.  City officials warn that there will be disruptions to traffic due to spontaneous celebrations throughout the city.  You should monitor local news and be prepared to alter your route accordingly.

Over 1,500 additional police officers will handle the anticipated crowds and security during and after both games.  The threat of street crime (e.g. purse snatchings, pickpockets) is high in areas where there are large crowds.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance in these situations and to take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.

Security Recommendations

 If you plan to attend the game(s), it is recommended that you:

  • Go in a group
  • Buy suite tickets to help you avoid the crowds
  • Arrive early and stay inside the stadium long enough for the crowds to dissipate after the game
  • Have a good transportation plan (AVOID HAILING STREET TAXIS)
  • Anticipate massive numbers of people and vehicles in the streets celebrating
  • Avoid large crowds of celebrants
  • Don’t bring anything you’re not willing to lose, and limit the valuables you have with you

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ecuador enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Ecuador.  For additional information, please refer to our “Traveler’s Checklist” page.  Updated information on travel and security in Ecuador may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States.

Temporary Road Closure


We would like to make our readers aware of the temporary closure of Av. Del Stadium from Thursday December 18 at 8:00pm until 2:00am  Saturday December 20th due to the concert running in the stadium “Let Cuenca Rock”

Christmas Serenade at Cuenca Jazz Society

Vocalist Karen Kennedy along with pianist Ruben Justiniano will be playing a selection of Christmas music in English, Latin and Spanish, with guest artist Emily Joy, on Friday Dec.19th at 7:30pm. The Jazz Society is located on the second floor of La Viña Restaurante, Luis Cordero 5-101 and Juan Jaramillo, RSVP at jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com
Join us for an evening of Christmas melodies that will warm you heart!

English Church Services In El Centro

Join us at Cuenca Christian Church , 6-23 Simon Bolivar, two blocks East of Parque Calderon for our 9:30 fellowship coffee and 10am worship services. Lunch out afterwards. Enjoy our second floor colonial home . Communion on first and third Sundays