It is not as easy as it sounds. We were on the hunt for a small Christmas tree which we needed to get up before the end of the world the day after tomorrow. Yesterday, the mall turned up no small artificial trees so today the hunt was on for real. Started off at SuperMaxi which is a fairly large grocery store about the size of a small Safeway in Canada. Good store for buying groceries so that will probably be our go to store for most of our groceries while we are here in Salinas. Attempted to ask the taxi driver who spoke a lot and fast but this produced no positive results (I take the blame). My next step was to ask at the front desk for help. I was led to the back office and three of the office staff and I had a conversation that resulted in them actually understanding what I wanted (OK so I showed them the artificial tree they had out front). Receiving a sticky note with an address to TIA in Libertad off I went in search of the elusive tree (arbor de Navidad).
Downtown Libertad is a more typical Ecuadorian place with lots of small stores, large markets, and busy, busy, busy. TIA’s was sold out so on to continue the hunt. I found three artificial christmas trees as displays in stores and asked if I could buy them in two of the stores – no sale. Finally there it was, a small three foot artificial Christmas tree but could I afford it? Fortunately I was able to scrape together the $7 for the tree and proudly I the tree hunter was successful. It was almost as good a feeling as when Mom and Dad, the five sisters and I would go out into the bush to locate, chop down and haul back our Christmas tree for home. Of course now I needed to get the supplies to decorate the tree so back to TIA’s to pick up decorations. Selection was getting slim so the theme became silver (that’s what they had). For ten bucks I figured that I had enough decorations to make the tree fulfil its festive role of a Christmas tree on the beach.
My sister Gwen was very pleased and set to work at decorating the tree, a short time later it was done and to celebrate it will be the only picture for this post.
Last night we went out for supper with a couple from the Yukon and ate at the “Mar y Tierre” which was highly recommended by Trip Advisor. I was very disappointed in the food which was OK but the most expensive I have paid in Ecuador. The atmosphere is very nice but was over-shadowed by the high prices and only adequate taste – Not Recommended for those thinking of trying it out.