Our last and next few days will be spent with my mom, Margara, and her side of the family. Being the first time Mark and Ellen are here in Ecuador, they wanted to get to know my family and see some of the country. Last week was spent with my dad’s family, these next days will be spent in Quito with my mom and sister. Lately, there has been lots of talk about our wedding date and even jokes about when we are having children. The answer to the first is summer of 2013. Where…? Well, we have lots of family and friends in Ecuador and Wisconsin and getting all of them in one event will be almost impossible, so there will be one celebration in each place. As far as children, we do not plan to have any third person join our duo for at least 3-10 years.
Yesterday, we spent the night at San Jose, my mom’s family farm. Unlike Zuleta, this farm was built in the last 20 years and it is a piece of art. Its walls are adobe, huge Eucalyptus tree timbers hold the tall ceiling, colonial art dresses the walls and a beautiful view of Quito’s southern valleys lays in front of the huge windows that surround the house. My uncle Pablo and his family joined us for dinner and today they invited us over to admire the architecture at their house and office. Our lunch was spent at La Matilde, my aunt Margarita, wife of my mom’s oldest brother Jorge’s, restaurant. She is an incredible chef and la mama of my favorite cousin, so I was very glad Mark and Ellen got to meet her. After all the socializing and eating, our afternoon was spent in front of the TV watching Larry Crowne, a “just-okay” romantic comedy.