An acute ring from the apartment phone giving the signal someone is trying to buzz in. Tio Loco (Ceasar) has arrived un announced and full of energy. He asks Malu if I would like to go run around the track next to this beautiful lake. Of course I would! I raced to get my clothes on and asked “Malu, do I need to bring my keys?” She replies “No, Andresito and Fercho will be here". I was out the door into Tio Loco rickety truck. A quick pit stop to fill up on gas to which I offered to pay for gas, handing over the ten dollars I had. The lake was as beautiful as I remembered. Nestled into the mountains with white birds making there morning migration rounds. I would show you a picture but my phone was at the apartment.
After a good run, we headed to Tio Locos horse barn to check on his daughter’s sick horse. We took the scenic route back getting a 360 degree picture of the lake, man I wish I had had my phone. We got to the apartment and I got out to which he drove off. I rang the bell to get buzzed in but no answer. Again I pushed the button and still no answer. After a few whistles I had the feeling no one was home. A cute little woman let me in, "Muchas Gracias Señora". I rode the elevator up and knocked on the door multiple times. No response. I returned down stairs to see if Malu car was in her spot, no car. Great. I didn’t panic more than didn’t know what to do. Should I sit and wait for the boys to return or walk to Malu's work that is about a mile and half away? I will give it thirty minutes. Watching the school activities from across the street was pretty entertaining with a girls soccer game being played and pre-militiary exercises being facilitated. No Andersito and Fercho. Might as well go to Imbauto, which is what Chevrolet is called in spanish. With no money for a taxi, no telephone or keys I decided running was my best, most safest option.
After many stares later, I arrived to the dealership to see Malu face shocked I was there. “Que Paso Alisita?” To which I replied, “No keys for the apartment and no boys there either!” She was surprised and immediately called her boyfriend to come pick me up. I had to laugh through the whole thing because it was something that taught me a good lesson early on…always always always bring your keys, phone and money.
The rest of the day was spent eating and enjoying Ibarra. We ate Tortilla which might be one of my favorite meals in Ecuador. We went to another little town to get ice cream on a stick. And then of course went and ate lunch at Tia Elena casa with family. The day was spent without expectations and thus there was no disappointment. I know if this would have happened in Charlotte I think my day would have be ruined. Here I allow myself to let things go, no worries. My hope is that I can learn to do this no matter what place I am because it’s so much easier to live life this way. O and by the way, they signed me up to run a 5k tomorrow morning. I haven’t run in over four months, ill let ya know how that goes!