Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tour Company Grand Opening

Way back in July a new tour company here in town, Yuratours, had their grand opening and it was quite a bash.  They had it at Land of the Sun hotel, in their central court, complete with champagne, wine, other adult beverages, h'ors d'oeuvres, and entertainment.  The most important part was that I won a lovely flower arrangement.  Photos follow, of course:

Of course there was a bit of speechifying that had to go on for a little while.  In the midst of that, though, there was also some drawings for trips to several cities here in Ecuador.  There was also a "test."  Whoever could tell them in which cities there was a Yuratour would win a floral arrangement. (More about that later.)

Of course our esteemed mayor was there.  He turns up for everything. He doesn't look like he's there for the fun of it but, then, he almost always looks like that (he's the one in the white trousers).

There was also entertainment by a group from the coast. These women danced up a storm.  They were very good at what they did and lots of fun to watch.

When they were done with their formal performance they found willing (and a few a little less willing) partners to dance with.  Most of them appeared to be having a very good time...

...especially this fellow.  He could boogie with the best of them.

Here's the floral arrangement that went to the person with the right answer to the question about where Yuratours has offices--um, that would be me.  The flowers were total spheres absolutely solid with flowers.  The top and bottom ones were all roses and the one in the middle had roses, mums, and babies breath.  The things hanging down are little squares of mirror on something like fishing line and the tree is, well, a tree.  It's in a block of concrete that wasn't quite dry--almost but not quite, thus it was wrapped in the white fabric.  I've kept the tree and mirror things.  I figure it will make a good Christmas tree and you never know what I might find to hang from it.

All in all we all had a great evening, even though we had a little rain and it was in an open courtyard.  Fortunately it only lasted for about 15 minutes or so and was never really a hard rain.  This is what passes for nightlife in Cotacachi.  It's not much but we enjoy it.

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