Siempre Trabajando – Always-working Susie, Jonathan, and Sarah work on tour details at Canoa Beach Hotel
Feb. 01, 2014 – Ecuador
As travels took me to Guayaquil, I’ve been preoccupied about the high tides at the petite fishing village of El Matal, home to many friends who surely feel helpless against the devastating high tides. Torn between the sobering reality that they’re facing and the positive interaction with a new tour group, I’m planted in Guayaquil and ready to embrace the upcoming week. A part of me is also planted on the front line at El Matal’s vanishing malecon.
What will be left of this beach when morning arrives?
Jonathan Hall of Ecuador Expat Journeys sent an itinerary on Friday, as I will soon be meeting the newest tour arriving at the Guayaquil airport. He stated where we’ll be spending Sunday night, where dinner will be, and added there will be a Super Bowl party for those who are interested.
Ecuador Expat Journeys – Coastal Tour
Super Bowl? I knew there was one approaching, but I did not know who was playing or when! Super Bowl Party? Should I wear ‘artist’s black’ and be neutral? I mentioned my dilemma to a few friends via email, and they replied with several great crash course summaries:
From New Mexico: “DENVER PLAYS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
FROM YOUR STATE IS THE DENVER
Quarterback. Set NFL record
For touchdowns this year.
Denver has the best offense
Seattle gas the best defense / they are tough and young”
From Colorado: “…You would not believe the Superbowl hype here. Denver is in it so it is nonstop interviews, orange and blue outfits, superbowl parties, more interviews and wagers…”
How well I remember witnessing the waves’ power at Playa San Miguel Costa Rica… El Matal has few trees to help stop the devastation.
Through this, I searched the online periodicals for information about the coastal disasters and considered the contrasts between festive celebrations for a sport vs the sobering reality of watching your home and the front line of a village wash to sea, one crashing wave at a time. I continued to feel a bit like someone who cancels a party because of a death of a loved one. How can one be in a festive mood when friends are witnessing the ocean’s wrath? Was I over reacting? No news is good news? I ran errands and returned to my hotel room. Continue reading