Just wanted to fill everyone in on what we have been up to. A week or so back we went with many in the congregation to visit a family in our hall, the Abad family. Their son is our only baptized deaf publisher, and we really enjoy his company. “Casa Abad” is in Vilcabamba.
Vilcabamba is a small town about an hour south of the city of Loja. Vilcabamba is historically a very popular tourist destination. It is a very small town, with a population around 3000. It is a beautiful little spot here in the Andes. The drive there was gorgeous. Most of the drive is in a valley tightly compressed between beautiful green moutains. About 20 or so miles south of Loja, the valley opens up, and you come upon Malacatos, another small town cradled in-between the mountains, in the Malacatos area, and the following 5-10 miles to Vilcabamba the hills are full of beautiful homes. Many foreigners, and wealthy Ecuadorians have picked the Vilcabamba area as their home because of the perfect weather,beautiful surroundings, and rich soil that allows you to grow a variety of food year round. Vilcabamba is also known as the “valley of longevity” Many locals claim to be well over 100 years of age, some have even claimed to be over 120, or 130 years of age. Allow the international community has viewed this with skepticism, and many of these claims have even been debunked, it has still been proven to be a very healthy place to live. “The valley of longevity” is still a fitting name.
Here is some more info about Vilcabamba for those who may be interested:
We arrived at “Casa Abad”, helped prepare food for the group, we wanted to go down and enjoy the river, but being that it was a little overcast and rainy, we were skeptical. The famous phrase in here is “Chiri” Kichwa for “cold”. Everyone said that it was “Chiri”. Cold here is not cold. It was probably 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. We went anyway. We jumped in the back of Jose’s truck, and headed down there. We ended up having a great time, and although Elena stayed clear of the water, in my attempt to get some pictures in the river, “los niños” eventually attacked me, and I left the river soaked. It stopped raining, and the rest of the crew that had stayed at the house showed up at the river, and we enjoyed empanadas and coffee, along with a cinnamon milk drink made from “Choclo” or large corn. It is good. Here are some pics of the trip.
Here’s a little video. Sorry for the lousy camera work. Just wanted to give everyone an idea of what it was like.