One of the frustrating things about living in San Clemente, Ecuador is that occasionally things like electricity, water, and internet service is interrupted for unknown reasons. For the most part our electrical provider is very dependable and even when a transformer dies or someone over taxes the system, the problem is repaired in a few hours (at most) and life resumes. Water is pumped up from the city system to a tank in our yard and then pumped to a large tank on the roof for water pressure. That system is occasionally interrupted and large water tank trucks are summoned to fill the holding tank. We have never been without water for more than a few hours.
The same is true for our internet provider. When we have a problem I call Victor or Elio right in town and they scramble and call me back in an hour or so to let me know the problem is fixed. But this time it took much longer…
We have one receiver on the roof of our building that receives the signal for our internet and our landlord’s internet. We have separate wi-fi repeaters and separate accounts, but we learned that today (finally) that the receiver on the roof gets its power from a box in our landlord’s home. The landlord is on vacation and apparently unplugged the power to the receiver before he left. For the last five days, poor Victor has been dealing with an increasingly frustrated customer trying to trace the problem. Today, we discovered the problem and, after plugging in the receiver – the problem was fixed.
When we plugged in the system (duh!) and got on-line today Mary had to sift through 87 emails, many of them from many of you asking where we have been. We are grateful for your concern and it is good to know people miss us when we are out of commission, but we are alright and will be trying to catch up for the next few days. I have a lot of pictures to share regarding New Year’s Eve celebrations, but for now I thought I would pass along a couple of pictures of birds feeding on papayas in our yard.
Our fans are humming, water is flowing, and our internet system is plugged in!
Life is good in Ecuador.