Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why I Love Cuenca

Tonight Randy, Karen, Lorena and I went out to hear a woman play improvised jazz at the Galleria Cafe El Otorongo. The woman was an excellent musician, however, she played to this documentary about hummingbirds; very modern art-ish. Although I am not a huge fan of modern art, I really enjoyed the evening out. But what made it so great for me?

First of all, the event started at 5:00 and only went until 8:30. Great for a mom with a small baby who sleeps by 9 every night.

Secondly, the ambiance was very tranquil. No loud conversations, no hooting or howling, so when Kesh fell asleep she actually was able to take her normal 15 minute nap.

Third, there is no smoking inside of cafe or even most bars now here in Cuenca. It really makes for a very family and baby friendly environment. It allows me and my friends with kids to be able to go out and do things without feeling like we are putting ourselves before the well being of our children.

There are many cafe/bars like El Otorongo here in Cuenca.We were able to take Kesh to La Vinoteca the other week, again, no smoking and a nice, calm ambient. And places such as Zoes, Di Baccios, and Eucalyptus do not allow smoking yet serve wine and nice appetizers.

I really feel like I can be a social mom here in Cuenca and still bring my baby with me. I love it!