One thing leads to another

The new Cathedral
The new Cathedral

The last couple of days have taken some unexpected twists and turns as they are occasionally wont to do when travelling. In Cuenca, there is a website specifically for Gringos which has daily events, items for sale etc. In one of the daily postings, there was an advertisement for a workshop entitled ‘Emotional healing and the Law of Attraction’. It could have been extremely alternative and whacky but, as I was at a loose end and it presented the opportunity to meet more people, I decided that I would go if I could find the venue on the other side of the river.

San Sebastian Plaza
San Sebastian Plaza

The workshop wasn’t as strange as it had the potential to be and there were only two of us in the audience. Apparently, the Ecuadorians are more interested in the concept than the Gringos as a lot more turned up for the Spanish version! It was presented by an ex monk and was partially about the energy frequencies of the human body and how to raise them (for, as any good quantum physicist knows, everything has a frequency at one level or another) and partially about the power of thought (and, no, ‘The Secret’ wasn’t mentioned at all). Anyway, that aside, there was a yoga teacher present so I decided to go to her class the following day as it is something I have been meaning to do for some time. And so, one thing leads to another……

Roofs of Cuenca
Roofs of Cuenca
Fruit salesman having a rest
Fruit salesman having a rest

I got up very early the next day (for I have become very lazy) and walked 35 minutes across town to the gym. There were only two of us in the class (two must be this week’s magical number), which had to be toned down considerably to accommodate my extremely unfit and very tight muscles. I thought yoga was meant to be gentle! The only other person was a Polish University lecturer with whom I ended up having dinner later in the day and then going to a concert in the old Cathedral. As I said, one thing leads to another….

She invited me to her apartment for a pre dinner drink, during which time I heard almost her entire life history. It appears she has experienced life’s extremes. We then had a steak dinner because she was on the cabbage diet and today was steak day. This was had in a restaurant that was way beyond my normal budget so I now won’t be able to have lunch for a week!

She is only a couple of years younger than me but I felt like a dull moth trailing after a colourful, social butterfly. The contents of my backpack do not run to nights out in slightly up market restaurants, followed by classical concerts!

We arrived late at the Cathedral but it didn’t seem to matter because every man, woman, child and dog seemed to be wandering in and out and up and down the side aisles. Restful, it was not and certainly not something that I have experienced before in classical music concerts! There was a full orchestra as well as a choir. The music wasn’t to my taste but the acoustics were excellent and the building, of course, was beautiful.


Apart from this, I have been doing my usual aimless wandering around the streets, discovering flower, fruit and veg markets, drinking coffee and eating lunches. I also took an open top bus sightseeing tour, for which the sun deigned to appear with the result that my long suffering nose got burnt and is now not only sore from its encounter with the ranch slider but also bright red!

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