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I Have a Buddy

Walking the Dog


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I was invited to Cotacachi, Ecuador so I could keep Buddy company.

Hurry Up, Paula

Hurry Up, Paula

My only requirement is to take at least two walks a day.
It is some pretty fine scenery. If we take the route along the main entrance to the town, we pass through the Plaza del Sol.

Monumento Al Sol

Monumento Al Sol


What Are They Doing

What Are They Doing


Flags of All Nations

Flags of All Nations


I Don't Know Who

I Don't Know Who


I prefer to take the walk down the dirt road and I think Buddy does also.

Road Connects 2 Main Highways

Road Connects 2 Main Highways


No Leash Required

No Leash Required


What a Place for a Daily Walk

What a Place for a Daily Walk


View of the Town Church

View of the Town Church


No Exit

No Exit


Cotacachi sits at a high altitude nestled between Papa and Mama Cotacachi peaks.
View of Mama Cotacachi and Small Finca

View of Mama Cotacachi and Small Finca


The Clouds Cover the Peak This Morning

The Clouds Cover the Peak This Morning


Someone Is Building a Casa Grande with a Great View of Papa and Mama C

Someone Is Building a Casa Grande with a Great View of Papa and Mama C


Some Lots Are Small Fincas

Some Lots Are Small Fincas


I Like This Gate But What's Behind

I Like This Gate But What's Behind


How Green Is My Valley

How Green Is My Valley


Can't You Keep Up Paula

Can't You Keep Up Paula


One day we passed a group of teenagers. I asked, "Una Fiesta?" but they didn't seem to want to interact with me.

Una Fiesta

Una Fiesta


Most properties have resident dogs. Those that are allowed out stay by the gate and generally guard their territory against the stray street dogs. I carry a bag of food to share. Generally, these "property dogs" recognize you as a treat carrier and only bark to pretend like they mean business. One evening as it was getting dark, a pack of at least 10 dogs came running down the street towards us. Both Buddy and I were alarmed. I started throwing handfuls of dog food and then had to leash Buddy and drag him home so he wouldn't stop to eat it all.

Come and Play So We Both Get Treats

Come and Play So We Both Get Treats


See You On the Way Back

See You On the Way Back


Ginger Comes to Play

Ginger Comes to Play


Get Home Before Rain

Get Home Before Rain


Wait for the Traffic  If You Want to Keep Dry

Wait for the Traffic If You Want to Keep Dry


Better Put On the Leash

Better Put On the Leash

One day on the way past this huge puddle, other folks were walking their dogs. They must have been outside dogs because they were allowed to cavort in the water as long as they wanted. Buddy did not pull on the leash, but I could tell he was aware of the fun we were having. About 1/2 hour later as we were walking back, Buddy raced ahead at the point where I generally put him on the leash. He got in that huge puddle and splashed like a mad dog until I caught up with him.

Happy Animals

Happy Animals


Time for a Bath

Time for a Bath

Buddy also requires a lot of play time.
When Walk Is Over Time to Play

When Walk Is Over Time to Play


Guess Buddy Has to Play Alone

Guess Buddy Has to Play Alone


Buddy Finds a Bug

Buddy Finds a Bug


The whole nation has a lockdown from 8 pm Friday until 5 am Monday. Supposedly, it is to prevent the spread of Covid. A local told me it was to keep people from protesting. Apparently, they protest frequently, especially when gas prices rise and the government changes. Both of which are happening now. During lockdown, Buddy and I play fetch and growl in the one-block street in front of our house. When I walked him off the block, the police informed us to return home.

Wait Paula Has to Go to Work

Wait Paula Has to Go to Work


The owner told me I could leave Buddy for a few hours. When I do, I tell Buddy to wait outside the door as I scatter a handful of dog food around the house and up the stairs. Then, I pick up my bag and keys and say, "Paula has to go to work now."
Buddy then races into the house and starts finding the food. I usually can get the door closed and out the gate before he finds all the food.

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Welcome to Cotacachi, Ecuador

This Was A Surprise

When I left Denver around the first of March, I never imagined I would be in Ecuador before the end of April! Out of the blue, I was asked to house and dog sit in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Quito Airport

Quito Airport


I arrived at the Quito, Ecuador airport and was met by a very efficient driver who transported me to my home for the next six weeks in Cotacachi.
Buddy will be my faithful companion. He took me on a tour of the wonderful casa.
Welcome to Buddy's House

Welcome to Buddy's House


Buddy Gives a Tour of the Casa

Buddy Gives a Tour of the Casa


Dine or Compute Here

Dine or Compute Here


A Kitchen Where I Can Cook Anything and Everything

A Kitchen Where I Can Cook Anything and Everything


Buddy Needs It for Only 10 Seconds Twice a Day

Buddy Needs It for Only 10 Seconds Twice a Day


Charming Backyard

Charming Backyard


Take a Break from the Tour for a Bit of Play

Take a Break from the Tour for a Bit of Play


Owner Has Given Me Her Room

Owner Has Given Me Her Room

Guestroom

Guestroom


Study with a Western View

Study with a Western View


Wait....There's More

Wait....There's More


Rooftop Terraza

Rooftop Terraza


Everyday the View  Is Different

Everyday the View Is Different


View to the West

View to the West


View to the East

View to the East

The owner left this afternoon to take care of business in the States. We had a Bienvenido y Adios desayuna.

Pat and Fernando at Our Welcome and Goodbye Breakfast

Pat and Fernando at Our Welcome and Goodbye Breakfast


Fernando is available to get me wherever I need to go in town that is too far to walk.

Fernando y el taxi vermillo grande

Fernando y el taxi vermillo grande


By the way, if you get to Bend, Texas, get yourself to Bend General Store. Pat will be staying there for the next six weeks, but her son Bret will be putting on shows there for years to come.

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Food in Philadelphia

Is This All I Enjoyed


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There are good restaurants in Philadelphia and I am sure they are known for good food, but I guess I sure didn't photograph it nor do I remember anything else. Hmmmm....

The place to go for any kind of food is the Reading Market.
Reading Market

Reading Market


Philly Cheesesteak and Sweet Potato Fries

Philly Cheesesteak and Sweet Potato Fries

Good Breakfast But I Can't Remember Where

Good Breakfast But I Can't Remember Where

The Buhdakan had wonderful food and service. This where I was when Derek Chauvin was found guilty and the waitress let me cry with joy.

Budhaken Restaurant

Budhaken Restaurant


Shrimp and Lobster Spring Rolls

Shrimp and Lobster Spring Rolls

The Headhouse Farmer's Market is the place to go if you are anywhere near my neighborhood on Sunday morning. I purchased some veal and made an excellent stew. As I only had 3 days left in my stay, I practiced self-control and did not buy everything I saw that made me salivate.
Historic Market

Historic Market


Headhouse Farmer's Market

Headhouse Farmer's Market

My longest food story had to do with making a good coffee. Apparently, the condo/cat owner does not drink coffee. There was a French press, but I hate the taste and it is so difficult to take care of the grounds. I could only boil water one cup at a time and then had to reheat the coffee in the microwave. I purchased a bottle of Starbucks cold brew at the grocery but didn't really like the taste and still had to reheat in the microwave. I finally saw a coffee pot on the top shelf of the laundry room. I found a step stool and discovered the pot had no cord stored there but it did have a basketful of moldy coffee grounds. A neighborhood junk store provided me with a $4 "Vietnamese Drip Method" but that took 15 minutes to produce a demitasse size of cold coffee. Nowhere could I locate a Melita-type single serving cone. Finally, as I walked by a Starbucks, I remembered they sometimes offered pour-over supplies. At last, after spending another 20 I could have a good cup of coffee.
Took a Week and Three Purchases to Be Able to Make a Good Cup of Coffee

Took a Week and Three Purchases to Be Able to Make a Good Cup of Coffee

Other than these few food comments, everything else I ate was either an anti-pasta plate or toaster-oven/microwave meals from the Adme Grocery.

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Walk About Philadelphia

All I Could Want I Was Within 2 Miles


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This link has nothing to do with my stay in Philadelphia, but this Google tribute to Luther Vandross on his 70th birthday appeared when I signed on to my computer and is something I will want to see again in years to come.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall


Not Far from Home

Not Far from Home


Cobblestone Lane

Cobblestone Lane


Penn or Ben I Don't Remember

Penn or Ben I Don't Remember

Asian War Memorial

Asian War Memorial


Interesting Juxtaposition

Interesting Juxtaposition


Historic and Modern

Historic and Modern


1960's Era Considered Architecurally Impotant

1960's Era Considered Architecurally Impotant

I used the property owner's bike and rode to the bike path along the Delaware River. Unfortunately, the bike was a bit too small for me and I couldn't get the seat raised nor shift the gears; was not my most pleasurable excursion.
Near Penn's Landing on the Delaware

Near Penn's Landing on the Delaware


Riding Along the Delaware

Riding Along the Delaware


Clouds Flag and Structure

Clouds Flag and Structure


Extensive Jewish History and Population

Extensive Jewish History and Population


Interesting to Watch

Interesting to Watch


How It Looked the Next Day

How It Looked the Next Day


I Decided Not to Visit

I Decided Not to Visit

Meet Me at the Eagle

Meet Me at the Eagle

The Athenaeum was about three doors from my building. Fortunately, I stopped in for the exhibit of Michelle Foster Lucas.

Art Exhibit at the Atheneum

Art Exhibit at the Atheneum


Michelle Foster Lucas Exhibit Untrained Folk Artist

Michelle Foster Lucas Exhibit Untrained Folk Artist

Impressive Wall Mural

Impressive Wall Mural

The Curtis Publishing Company building was across the park from my house. They might still have offices there, but I think the majority of the building contains condos and other offices. Curtis philosophy provided for public art throughout their offices. Still on all the tourist lists is The Dream Garden.
All Major Publishing Companies Were in This Area

All Major Publishing Companies Were in This Area


The Dream Garden

The Dream Garden


Mosiac of Tiffany Glass

Mosiac of Tiffany Glass


Commemorating 100 Years

Commemorating 100 Years


A Good Philosophy

A Good Philosophy


Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

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Every Step Held History

Walking in Our Foreparents'Footsteps


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The Bell

The Bell


Every day I was in Philadelphia, I walked around the neighborhood. Not only did I think about what was happening here 250 years ago, but I also could imagine my father, his siblings, and their spouses walking around here celebrating the Bicentennial in 1976. I remember they made a journey to Philadelphia to celebrate history. My father died before he was 70; I am more than 10 years older than he was when he celebrated our nation's history.
Penn's Purpose

Penn's Purpose

Franklin Wall Mural

Franklin Wall Mural


Christ Church Cemetery Where Franklin Lies

Christ Church Cemetery Where Franklin Lies


Ben's Grave Taken at a Poor Angle

Ben's Grave Taken at a Poor Angle


I Didn't Pay the $15 to Enter the Cemetery

I Didn't Pay the $15 to Enter the Cemetery


The meetings of the Continental Congress first met in Carpenters' Hall. This entire area is included in the National Park System and staffed by them. This is the only building that is still owned by private individuals who remain members of the Caarpenteers' Craft Guild.
Waiting in Line at Carpenter Hall

Waiting in Line at Carpenter Hall


Designed to Show Various Building Skills

Designed to Show Various Building Skills


Today an Art Exhibit of Franklin Quips

Today an Art Exhibit of Franklin Quips


The artist, John Hopkins, is also the director of the Christ Church Cemetery that maintains Franklin's grave and other events that commemorate our history. I thought I would be more impressed than I was.

After walking by the Museum of the American Revolution every day, I finally walked in for a visit. I wish I had gone earlier. The Bow Tie Tour guide said it was his favorite museum.
Needed at Least 3 Hours

Needed at Least 3 Hours


I Only Had an Hour and There Was a Lot to Read and See

I Only Had an Hour and There Was a Lot to Read and See


Stairway In the American Revolution  Museum

Stairway In the American Revolution Museum


Welcome to Museum of the American Revolution

Welcome to Museum of the American Revolution


Learned About Native American Deliberation on Supporting the Revolution

Learned About Native American Deliberation on Supporting the Revolution

In Washington Square is a memorial to the unknown soldiers of the American Revolution. This entire park adjacent to where I stayed had once been a pauper's grave. In preparation for the 1976 Bicentennial, the square was spiffed up and this memorial was built. It also contains the flags of the thirteen colonies and every nation that assisted the colonies in the Revolution. (At least I remember the tour guide saying that; I never counted to see if there were more than 13 flags. Maybe I can tell from the photo.)
Eternal Flame Lit by JFK Jr

Eternal Flame Lit by JFK Jr


16 or 13 Flags Fly for the Unknown Soldiers of the American Revolution

16 or 13 Flags Fly for the Unknown Soldiers of the American Revolution

I took a Bowtie Walking Tour of the area.
Bowtie Walking Tour

Bowtie Walking Tour


Black Bricks Reflected Candle Light So You Could See the Walls at Night

Black Bricks Reflected Candle Light So You Could See the Walls at Night


Tour Guide Needs a Rest

Tour Guide Needs a Rest

I was quite pleasantly surprised when I had visited places on my own how many exhibits had dioramas and plaques with inclusive information on the contributions of slaves, freedmen, and women. There was more information displayed on the previously excluded than there was on the white men we have always learned about. I asked the tour guide if he knew when this began to appear and he was not sure but thought it was in the last 20 years. He is a middle school teacher, an African American, and a tour guide; I knda think that info should be part of his schpeal.
Exhibit on Slave Living at President's Home

Exhibit on Slave Living at President's Home


Inclusive Exclusion Exhibits

Inclusive Exclusion Exhibits


Names of Washington's Slaves in Philadelphia

Names of Washington's Slaves in Philadelphia


Adopt the Principles

Adopt the Principles


Even when I visited the Mutter Museum, someone of importance with the museum was walking around with a man and a woman African Americans. What little I could overhear, they were discussing how the various exhibits could be more inclusive. Click the link if you want to know more about the Mutter and the College of American Physicians.

Homeopathic Gardens

Homeopathic Gardens


Marble Stairs

Marble Stairs


Couldn't Take Photos of the Exhibits

Couldn't Take Photos of the Exhibits


The Architecture Fascinated Me

The Architecture Fascinated Me


Imagine the Discourse In This Room

Imagine the Discourse In This Room


Old Stuff Kept Pristine

Old Stuff Kept Pristine


Mutter Museum in a Boring Modern Neighborhood

Mutter Museum in a Boring Modern Neighborhood

I particularly enjoyed the Betsy Ross House. I spent a lot of time looking at the exhibits. Because of Covid, the group behind me did not want to enter the small rooms while I was in them so I didn't slow down their tour by taking a lot of photos.

Where Betsy Sewed the Flag

Where Betsy Sewed the Flag


The Fountain in Courtyard

The Fountain in Courtyard


Elfreth's Alley is a totally restored area of 300-year-old residences. All except one are privately owned and there is often one or more for sale.

Elfreth's Alley I

Elfreth's Alley I


Elferth's Alley II

Elferth's Alley II

First Quaker Meeting Hall

First Quaker Meeting Hall


Several Closed Including National Jewish Museum

Several Closed Including National Jewish Museum

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