We met some new friends this past week that we corresponded with for several months. They sold their home and “stuff”, packed up some suitcases and moved to Ecuador. They now make Salinas their home. What a fun time we have together. First we met for dinner at Luv N Oven downstairs in our building and had a nice time just getting acquainted. Easy to do with these folks. We then met yesterday afternoon for almuerzo at D’Hugos in Cevichelandia – my most favorite place for a $2.50 lunch.
They are becoming acquainted with our little town Salinas. On their first trip to Jr. (Mi Commisariato Supermarket) they were in line at the checkout when one of the employees took Richard’s bananas and walked away with them. Janice told me that Richard could not understand what the employee was saying so he paid for the rest of his items and left the store. Some fruit and vegetable items in our little Jr. are already priced. A package of onions that’s wrapped has a price sticker, some items like a bunch of cilantro is not marked but the checkout folks know the prices. Items like melons, avocados, apples needed to be weighed and a price sticker applied. This is done at the tiny deli counter in the back of the store, where the young man was going with Richard’s bananas. . Just some of the little idiosyncrasies that you find here. Now if you go to the big supermarkets like Hipermart or SuperMaxi everything is done at the register so you have no worries about finding someone to weight and label your items.
Janice and Richard have found a temporary apartment in the San Lorenzo section. They expect to stay there a few months until season is over and more rentals become available. Now they can relax and enjoy the beach.