Jama Ecuador (Manabi Province)
Last Saturday when I was running a new water line to the kitchen sink, a friend stopped by with a message, “Lisa, President Correa will be speaking in Jama at ten o’clock this morning.” Abandoning my task, I focused on getting to town in time to witness the event!
Five minutes later, the owner of the pond gave me a ride to town, and I took one grand total-immersion step into the crowd.
Click your heels together…
Step into the scene and join me in a people-watching session:
Surely this was a record-breaking turnout; mixed into the sea of faces were many of my friends and peers.
President Correa gave a 3-hour summary about positive improvements to different provinces throughout the country. Photo presentations illustrated the high points of his speech, from continued improvements to schools, medical facilities, construction and festivals. I did not hear him address the dilemma of the vanishing beaches/ potential loss of properties. Hopefully he toured El Matal before leaving Jama.
I am using the very-slow USB internet, and we lost power about fifteen minutes ago, so I am going to hit “Publish” before the battery dies!
When the presentation was finished, the crowds quickly scattered, the police forces boarded their buses, and within fifteen minutes, the stage crew was dismantling and loading the portable auditorium onto the trucks.
Happy weekend, everyone!