Patient readers, hola otra vez! The blog has been sleeping quietly for 5 weeks while a steady stream of Parkers and a Schwab came to see our life here in Cuenca. In chronological order, Lynsey and I first hosted Jerry (my dad) and Jody (my aunt), a brother and sister combo on their first international foray together. Next to arrive was my best friend and brother, Brad, and his lovely wife, Danielle. A short week after their departure came Las Madres - the Parker and Schwab matriarchs traveling with two firsts: the new continent of South America and as new travel partners.
There are far too many stories to relay, so instead I'll speak of some highlights and let the photos tell the rest. However, I must say that, overall, having family visit was past meeting present; who we were meeting who we are. Our family brought “home” to Cuenca (including lots of goodies: clothes, spices, chocolate, shoes, a computer... the list goes on), and knowing that they all left with a fuller understanding of our life here and why we're staying for another year. Here are a few lines I wrote on this theme:
Thank you for letting us go
so that we can welcome you anew.
Life might be a line forward,
or just continually leaving
before coming back-
only to leave again.
They came at an opportune time - fiestas for the foundation of Cuenca! On one of our first mornings together, we gathered with hundreds of locals to soak in the sounds and sights of a parade with traditional costumes, music, and dance. The colors wowed them, as they continue to do us, along with a vibrant energy that truly is Latin America.