Thursday, November 20, 2008


Here we are waiting for the other members of our GA group (Gringos Anonymous) - but only the 6 of us turned up today. I am worried that the others will forget the 12 step plan because they missed the meeting today so we may have to round them up for an emergency meeting.

12 Step Plan: (some of the steps following have been submitted by my kiwi friend, Alice - thanks buddy - I needed the help!)
*Step 1: Admit you are a Gringo and pretend you know no spanish (or in our case - don't pretend, it's true
*Step 2: Always smile - even though you are so frustrated you could burst-always remember you are in South America after all
*Step 3: Say "Claro" at every opportunity
*Step4:Learn to love soup - you will get it at every meal
*Step5:Carry an umbrella everyday - not only do you need it for the rain - but you will need it for the sun too.
*Step 6: Hang out with an awesome group. Which of course all Testigos de Jehova are, whether gringitos or Ecuadorian!
*Step 7:Have a great pair of walking shoes, or at least be prepared to have your shoes resoled every other month
*Step 8:Never trust little old ladies especially ones at a gate carrying a big stick!
*Step 9:Start writing a book "Life in Ecuador for Dummies"
Although trials may seem tough,Jehovah looks after you and the food is yummy!!!UMM???
*Step 10:Have a good Par-tay now and then with great friends - This will stop you going around the bend!
*Step 11:Accept any corrections to your incorrect pronunciation, graciously - and laugh at your mistakes, cause you will make a lot!
*Step12: Make sure you keep in touch with family and friends back home. In other words no matter what it costs - the internet is a must have

So the following pictures show what you get for Almuerzo (lunch) for a whopping $2.90
Soup and juice - a main dish - in this case spagetti cabonera and some sort of sweet - today's was cheese and cane sugar syrup - quite delicious and just what you need after a long morning in service.
By the way notice the popcorn in the soup - they actually serve a bowl of popcorn on the table - and everyone always puts it in their soup - it is really good too! I will be taking that tradition home with me.

6 comments:

The Scottys said...

*Beth I love the look of your hair it looks better than the soup!
*Step 6:Must Hang out with an awesome group.
*Step 7:Must have a great pair of walking shoes,
Need them for the mud and hills so you don't get so blue!
*Step 8:Don't trust little old ladies especially ones at a gate,
Even though you may look cleanly dressed & smiling faces they still get irrate!
*Step 9:Should write a book "Life in Ecuador for Dummies,
Although trials may seem tough,Jehovah looks after you and the food is yummy!!!UMM???
*Step 10:Have a good Par-tay now and then with great friends,
This will stop you going around the bend!
*Step 11:A good home is a neccessity it helps to being less stressed,
An evil oven, a door that closes and a lost key is a long way from tauranga homely NEST!!
*Step12: To keep in touch with with family and friends by an excellent blogg!
So ones such as the scotts can finish of the 12 steps by being a HOGG!!! lol
arohanuixxx
*BETH
I JUST COULDN'T HELP MYSELF lol
Be thinking of you all on satruday during the garage sale!!!

Mark and Beth said...

LOL Alice - well done - I will plagiarize some of those steps - hope you don't mind!

The Scottys said...

*Sweet as have an awseome day you two in spanishland,
its goodnite from us in kiwiland!
xx

Marisa said...

Looks like a nice restaurant!!

Mark and Beth said...

Yeah Marisa - there are a few that I don't mind eating at - then there are a few that I would take my life in my hands if I did!

catherine said...

Good to see those 10 steps. I was wondering how clean the restaurants are. It seems the photos you have sent all have been fairly upmarket. We are looking forward to hearing your experiences when you come back and yes a book will be good. Claro, dont know what it means but it sounds good luv ya