May 19, 2016 – Ecuador
The opening exposition for my recent paintings was scheduled for May 18 at the Museo Bahia de Caraquez. Last month’s earthquake hurled the entire coast into a survival mode, and the show will eventually resume at a much-later date/year.
It will be a very long time before the people on the coast recover; thank you again for your concerns and your empathy for everyone affected.
That original date was the International Day of Museums, and I would have been ‘hanging’ the show on the 17th, spending the night at the museum and preparing for that evening event on the 18th. The memory of the earthquake has etched itself into the fibers of the country, and one month later – just when things began to seem better, another strong earthquake rattled many Ecuadorians out of a deep sleep.
My friend Cynthia was spending a few nights at the Rio Cinto property, and we spent the next hour in the pickup truck as we pieced together live radio reports to find more information. The 6.7 earthquake hit the same area as the one that devastated the coastal area a month ago.
We realized that one’s Spanish skills improve when listening with acute attention to rapid-fire Spanish on late-night radio. Lots of callers were phoning the stations to report their experiences. After listening for over an hour, we decided to retreat to the house and go back to sleep. For the next two days, we hoped that all was OK on the coast. Now online, I see that two more earthquake hit that same day:
I am not sure if the above information is correct, and all’s fine here in Mindo. I send my empathy to those on the coast, as you are surely wondering, ‘When will this end?’
All is fine here in the cloud forest of Mindo/Rio Cinto, but wanted to send an update.