From Dictionary.com : Amble “verb (used without object), ambled, ambling.
1. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter:
He ambled around the town.
2. (of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.
3.an ambling gait.
4.a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
“We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air.” — Seneca
In the past three weeks I’ve been from Ecuador to Costa Rica and back via a stopover in Panama to visit my friend Barb. These were quick-but-very rewarding visits that combined ‘business’ with pleasure. Comparing the three countries, I definitely give Costa Rica and Panama the top scores for quality of internet!
Panama wins on shopping opportunities as well as the dramatic skyline contest…
Now back in Ecuador I spend most of my internet time arguing with messages like this:
Costa Rica gets my vote for the most-dependable and stunning sunsets.
Costa Rica’s Internet service often finds its way to remote areas via repeaters and/or satellite options. In Ecuador, many small communities provide challenging options. Unless working late at night when most people are sleeping, I receive messages like this:
… After Costa Rica, there were other friends who prepared a lovely ‘welcome back’ reception in Panama, where for 80 dollars, I delayed my change of flights and spent a week with my good friend Barb, number one tour guide for helping locate items in Panama City.
‘When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. ‘ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now back in Ecuador and trying to corral all of my belongings in one place, I’ll be sorting, packing, moving, unpacking — and resting between tasks. I hope to write offline and upload new posts when possible. There are many stories to share and many art projects to showcase.
As stated, I give poor marks to the internet options, often disappointing if sharing a wifi router with a few others or half of a village!
My newly-granted non-resident visa is good for two years, but it does not include a special identification number, called a ‘cedula.’ Without a cedula number, I’m unable to open – ahem – a phone account, which would allow me to request the USB internet modem. – I’ve not had a phone in over 15 years, though some of my friends wish I’d step back into that mode of communication! –
Hitting internet obstacles each week, it looks like my best option for now is to put the blogging on vacation mode until new options arise. When online I hope to load posts and read them offline, but most likely I’ll remain pretty silent for the next few months – or until a new solution presents itself.
Pardon my silence — and thank you once more for your amazing support.
Just as the lingering daylight weans into night, the Brown Wood Rails often add a finale to the day’s soundtrack. Thanks to YouTube, you can experience the lovely song, best played on loud volume to accurately replicate the experience!
When two are yodeling, it’s quite the finale to the day!
See you on Thursday, internet willing!