Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Rachel and I have discussed wedding bands. We are at an age and state of mind and spirit that permits and prefers practical and simple solutions in life. Wedding bands are a symbol of a committed and loving relationship. They tell the world that you are a couple and that no one else is invited into your intimate world. In Ecuador there are very practical considerations about wedding bands. The number one rule is that you don't flaunt wealth in this country without the risk of calling attention to yourself as a vulnerable target for theft. We don't need to worry about being wealthy anyway, so we fit right in. A set of simple bands without precious stones is a no brainer.
So, you ask yourself, what does this have to do with your lonely moment where you have this urgent need to move about? Chordeleg. This little village kept coming up in conversations with locals and expats alike. It is known as the jewelry village for all of Azuay, and some people come from much greater distances because of the extensive offerings of simple but good value silver and gold adornments. Jewelry in local parlance is joyas. What a great name is that! Of course a jewelry store is a joyeria. It occured to me that I should fill my time this day with real purpose! I must see the joyerias of Chordeleg and see if Rachel's and my bands might be waiting there for us.
So here's some pictures from Chordeleg. There were all types of rings there but my size 12 chubby gringo fingers didn't find what they were looking for there. I think fate wanted Rachel and I to do our ring shopping together. I know all my women readers would say, Dah!