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Jama (Manabi Province) Ecuador — Yippee! Almost two months overdue, the rains are finally quenching Manabi’s thirst! Dodging lagoons of water at every corner this morning, I assumed that the gray skies would offer few opportunities for good photos.  I was wrong.

Jaime, the fisherman, ignored the sprinkles.

Jaime, the fisherman, ignored the sprinkles.

The rains fell during the night then resumed again mid morning; there are countless music options for these images, but I’ll nudge Eddie Rabbit a bit closer to the equator to kick off these images:

No one seemed discouraged by the mud and water, though without boots, I skirted around mud and leaped across swollen pools of water throughout town.  While enjoying a cup of coffee and an extra sour lemonade “sin azucar” (without sugar – to chase away an allergy)  I was well entertained by Silvana’s nephew who sported a new pair of boots.  He pranced past my table, climbed aboard his cousin’s new motorcycle and stole the show!

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Double smiles - He has new boots AND is thrilled to watch over his cousin's new motorcycle!

Double smiles – He has new boots AND is thrilled to watch over his cousin’s new motorcycle!

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After a brief respite, the heavens opened and dumped more rain on the already-saturated town.  For fifty cents, a mototaxi drove me to another area where a drawing lesson was scheduled for a group of young students. While waiting for the group to arrive, I was treated to another sideshow.

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Most likely this is the first rain since they received their Christmas toys!

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Oblivious to me, they paraded back and forth with their toys.

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Saturday’s dreary start turned into a grand people-watching morning!

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No one is grumbling about the rains, and in another week the landscape will transform into a wonderland of life-giving green.

There's no need to get wet while perusing the fresh fruits and vegetables!

There’s no need to get wet while perusing the fresh fruits and vegetables!

I am now on my way to Guayaquil to meet another tour group.  The Claro USB modem has declared Casa Loca an “Invalid SIMcard” spot, though it works when closer to the tower, any tower, except the one located 5K from the house!  The good news is that the electricity did not fail during these last rains!

Rain or shine, I continue to embrace the local colors along the line of the middle of the world!

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Peruvian Boobies patiently wait for tidbits of fish (Last week at San Vicente – Manabi Province, Ecuador)

Peruvian Boobies - San Vicente, Ecuador

“Have a good week, everyone!’ — Peruvian Boobies – San Vicente, Ecuador

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