Life- Style and Health In South American City of Cuenca in Ecuador:
I got here in September 2014, and it has been a on- going exploration for me. I continue to find things what I am familiar with and open to adopt to what new is coming along.
Learning new ways is a contineum process.
I have come to admire and appreciate the diligent effort each citizen puts into keeping physically fit is very admirable. Rain of shine I see people never miss their morning walk along the Tomabamba river accross my residence. And the ever popular Zumba dance class happening ( Free) at the basket ball field across our condo. Without fail children, men woman all are welcome to join in for 1 hour of health with a twist of fun!!!
The locals take pride in their country and its neumerous resources . Each native works very hard to provide for his / her family. I see such devotion in locals to be helpful in any way they can to make your stay a comfortable one in their country.
The local produce is where I was most attracted to as it being my greatest passion the local fresh produce.
The farmer's markets are unlike any I have ever seen laced with fresh from the ground fruits and vegetables. The variety of local produce changes with the seasons. So I am eating aligned to nature for a change from North American standards where due to globalization everything is available all year around. Back to basics of nature is where I see myself in with this move to this continant.
Although modern as well as indigenous walks side by side here you will experience the best of both the worlds here.
My great discovery was finding a variety of Amalaki in the Andies, which I did not expect to find. How it was discovered is an amazing story :
I was standing along a road side and saw a local woman selling a snack which I was curious looked like something of an interest to me. While waiting there I asked her in native broken spanish I know " what is it? She said a name but I did not understand but noted it in my cell phone notes to be looked into later.
But suddenly realizing, next best thing I could do is try feeling, smelling and tasting the new discovery in front of me. What better way to find than to experience so here we go I did it.
... only to find that it tasted & smelled like Amla...I could not believe it and asked the lady for the name again... she said to me " es Grosella" . Needless to say I googled it and after some work I did come accross a link between the Indian Gooseberry Amla with South American version Grosella. I was very happy and touched by this discovery as I have brought the seeds of Amla with me from North America to plant it here in the Andies as the weather is very conducive for it to grow here.
I could not wait to share it with you and my exploration continues to find and discover what original treasures this country and this city has to offer to me in my health explorations.
This berry tastes sour mostly eaten by locals with a little salt and lime. Has a very small pit as compared to its Indian variety of Amalaki ( Indian gooseberry).