|La Quinta Floripes|
|Bar/Gym (very efficient)|
So we've discovered that finding our ideal place was more challenging than we'd thought. But after six weeks in hotel and "aparthotel", we finally landed it. We have rented a house in the family compound "Quinta Floripa". A quinta is a country house. I still don't know what a Floripa is. Extensive research suggests that it was either an illiterate welder that turned the d in the sign into a p, or it means "feast of florips". Either way, we like it.
|View from the office|
It is muy tranquilo. The only sounds at night are unidentified wildlife and the occasional fireworks (which are actually more common than wildlife in the whole of Ecuador). It is also fairly large (somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 sq. ft) and chilly. We're about 500 feet above the center of town, so it's cooler, and the interior is typical for more modern Cuencan design, meaning tile, cement, and glass. While that means fantastic views of the less developed and natural countryside, it also means it has the relative insulating value of tinfoil.
But we have space to cook, for the kids to play, and for the parents to work (yes, I'm calling this work). It has three bedrooms (four, if you count the servant's quarters), and five bathrooms (yes, bathrooms seem to be the measure of status here). It is fully furnished, even with dishes and kitchen appliances. The rent...brace yourself...$400 a month.
And I'll just let pictures tell the rest of the story on the place.
|Very modern bathrooms (this is Duncan's)|
|View from master bed (fireplace & balcony)|
|Grill patio off kitchen|
|One of the living rooms|