No Plans – No Problem

Sometimes it is not the things that you decide to do, or go see, or pay extra money for that give you the most enjoyment. From San Vicente you can take the bus for .50, a taxi for $2 or the water taxi (panga) for .35 or .50 if fewer people. The panga is by far my favorite mode of transport to Bahia and return. You can share a ride with the Ecuadorians as the school kids head to school, people bringing their chickens or a bike full of crabs or heading to work or shopping and even a 50″ TV. I paid for eight people one way and three on the way back (found a nickel to go with the buck to come up with the $1.05) and got some smiles. What do you get for a buck or two back home that makes you feel good?

I was heading down the beach for Canoa around 7pm from the Sundown, it gets dark around 6:30 pm. The tide is up so only a narrow strip of beach to walk. On my left the waves and surf were breaking and on my right lights from the occasional beach house or restaurant. Saw the sign and some activity at the Coconut Hotel, Bar & Restaurant so rather then walk another kilometre into Canoa I checked it out. Started out with a beer, then two and was told I was staying for dinner which turned out to be a great shrimp and pasta dish with garlic bread and a couple glasses of wine. To top it off, the owners, staff and guests ate our dinner to the music of Patsy Cline and good conversation between the international mixture of folks from Austria, Columbia, Ecuador, Canada and the US.  An excellent evening out!


About Murray Hindle

Retired National Park Warden now living in Kelowna, BC. Spending three months in Ecuador starting November 15, 2012 for pleasure, adventure, culture and language training. Perhaps a beer or two.

Posted on December 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. It certainly puts things into perspective. Here, if you gave a guy a buck he’d likely curse you for being cheap. Its all relative!

  2. What a great thing to do,it truly is the small things in life that sometimes mean the most. Sounds like a wonderful evening as well! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Okay so now I am thinking it might be nice. That was a nice thing to do to make them happy. I remember a story of Troy(partner in gym)bought a mexican family a bag of rice that would last them all year. Feel good moment. Be safe.

  4. You are right Murray, the little things can go a long way. Glad you could enjoy some good food and conversation. Rene and I are living in a lap of luxury right now. Almost too much sun and food-drinks. We know it will be over soon so taking it all in. We are enjoying San Jose very much, small but safe. Looking forward to the Art Walk tomorrow evening. Rene is practicing his Spanish as much as possible and making friends with Skinny the waiter at Mollys at the town centre of San Jose. Los Cabos has incredible beaches and the crashing waves and low tide make for some awesome walks on the beach. Take care. Love Linda and Rene

  5. Hey guy, sounds like you are really setteled in. Nice gesture. Hope the photo doesn’t reflect the group you paid for – no one is smiling – more of a wonder if the gringo can swim look. Enjoying the blog. Keep it up.

  6. Murray, we are enjoying the comments and pictures you are sending. With all the dogs, I don’t think I would like the beach in Canoa. With the speedy busses and taxis, does the local paper put in all the accidents that happen there? Now I am thinking of Christmas and Hawaii. Looking forward to both. Love, Mom

  7. Hey Murray ! Sounds like and looks like quite the adventure alright . I havn’t heard any mention of golf so I’m guessing there is none .Which makes me wonder what they have in the way of sport ?Just have to mention , I’ve spent the last couple days out on the deck reading the newspaper . Later Keith

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