Springform cheesecake pan?

Hello. I’m looking for a springform cheesecake pan. Today I checked at Coral del Batan but they didn’t have any. Does anyone know where I could find one?



I have just arrived in Cuenca for a 3-month stay. Interested in meeting with other amateur photographers to go shooting or just discuss photography in general.


City: Cuenca

Quito airport international arrivals and CV-19 testing

I’ll be flying from the US to Quito. Since the PCR tests are inaccurate, I don’t want to chance a false positive test in the US before I leave and therefore miss my flight.

For those arriving without a PCR test, it’s my understanding that they’ll do a PCR test at the Quito airport upon arrival, or they’ll send you to a hotel to quarantine until you get a negative test at the hotel.

Question please: Can a non-nasal swab test be requested…for example, an oral swab test or some other type of test?

Thank you,


200th anniversary of founding of Cuenca – events now thru Dec. 5th

 The municipality of Cuenca has planned, beginning Friday Oct. 23rd and going until December 5th, over 100 events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Cuenca.

The city has published a 31-page guide with an agenda of all the events and activities (in Spanish) online in pdf format; the link is below.  

Among the activities are art and museum special events, lectures and discussions, tours of the Museo de los Conceptos, winners of photography contests relating to Cuenca, and many other cultural events (some online and on Facebook).

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the city has greatly reduced the number of planned activities, but there are still 128 events planned. All but $150,000 of the bicentennial funds budgeted for the celebration have been instead diverted to assist vulnerable groups in Cuenca. The federal government has canceled all of its financial support for the bicentennial celebration.


Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Northern Roots live, Sat. Oct. 24 from 4-6

Northern Roots is a new group who plays a fun mix of classic rock, americana and folk music. We focus on vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation and we’re really excited for our first live performance. We’ll be sharing music by John Prine, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers, The Grateful Dead and more.

We are playing at Santorino Restaurant and Pizzeria’s new location.

See you soon.

October 24 from 4-6 PM, $5, Manuel Maria Palacios 1-13 and Remigio Crespo. (This is right behind Banco Pichincha on Remigio Crespo, and right across the street from Sakura sushi), Cuenca.

Sarah HB

Poker tournament

Poker tournament Sat. Oct.31st. at Santa Canela starting at 10:30 AM.

Contact Freddy to reserve your seat and more information.

Oct. 31st. Sat. from 10:30 AM, free, Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca, Cuenca.

Freddy: santacanela2016@outlook.com 099 726 9237. Call after: 8 AM.

J.T. Neira needs heart surgery, help contribute

Our beloved native Cuencano J.T. Neira, founder of the Gringo Book Club and community organizer of the graffiti removal project in the historic center, needs heart surgery. J.T. has multiple stents and had a heart attack in the past. He is trying to raise $10,000 to help pay for the cost of the surgery and care. His wife Betty is a valued medical facilitator to gringos here in Cuenca. Both are very special people.

Here is the message from J.T.:

After several months under costly medical treatment, the doctors team decided that the only solution to the problems is a surgical procedure which must be performed before November 20th. Given the complexity and the possibility of unexpected situations, my wife and myself do not have enough resources to face the bills and are appealing to your solidarity in this time of urgency.

Thank you and may God Bless you.

The link to the GoFundMe site is:


Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Volleyball – regulation 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

The parks are open with some restrictions on group activities and we are continuing Sunday international volleyball. The changes continue to work out well and we will continue with them.  
All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. Players represent countries from around the world.

We will continue at the same location as last week. Last Sunday we had 10 good players who had fun and played at a high level.

We play Sunday from noon to 2 PM (weather permitting) at a new location, Parque Paraiso.
We set up near the soccer field at the far west end of the park, north of the football/soccer fields and near the banos.

We will set up this Sunday at the new location: Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel.

We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
We hope to see you there.
Join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)

Sunday, October 25, Noon to 2 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel., Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Compassion for myself – meditation from home Sunday at 10

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

This week, let’s remember: “If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it’s incomplete’

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions.

Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Practice:

Note that times and practices noted are commonly used, but shorter or longer times are beneficial too. Do what feels right to you.

– Opening prayer or recitation.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Walking meditation, 15 minutes.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Closing prayer or recitation.

Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.

For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).

Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:

“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”

“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”

Links for instructions:

Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at

Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —

Sunday 25 October, 10 am, free, Donations to relief organizations encouraged and welcome, Your gracious home, Cuenca.

Paul: cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com +593 98 284 8203 with text and WhatsApp. Call after: 9 AM.

St. Christopher Episcopal YouTube – Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.



Anytime. Latest worship, Sunday’s after 5 PM, Free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid,Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

Bernzomatic propane cylinder

 Does anyone know where I could find the 14 oz. propane cylinders for hand held torches?

Mark: moconner13@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Miguel handyman

All plumbing, all electric, all carpentry. No job is too big or too small — we do it all.
10% discount to seniors and vets. We can install/repair/replace:

Laminate Floors
Hardwood Floors
Light Fixtures
Ceiling Fans
Garbage Disposals
Tile installation.
tree care landscaping
Backsplash, kitchen
Windows installation
Doors installation.
Plasma installation
And many other handyman jobs. Please call me for any questions.
You name it I do it.
Save money free estimates

Miguel Angel: mj.juela@yahoo.com 099 553 5099. Call after: 6 AM.

MIKE: mj.juela@yahoo.com 099 553 5099. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Someone who can help you

Hi my name is Daniela Lema. I used work at EAT restaurant.

Let me make your life easier. I offer my services as a housekeeper, shopping assistant, or pet-sitter. I can accompany you to doctor’s appointments, ministry visits, IESS locations, bank appointments, any place where it might be helpful to have a native Spanish speaker with you. If you want, I will help you with your own Spanish while I am working. If you have special needs or tasks in mind, just let me know.

$20 the day.

I can also do translations or transcripts (I can speak Spanish, English and a little of French).

I can work all day, half-days, occasionally as you prefer.

And the person I have worked with will be happy to talk to you if you would like her recommendation.

Thank you.

Daniela Lema: dannyfernanda20@gmail.com 099 519 2765. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Look for dentists who take multiple protective measures

I need to treat my teeth, but I suffer from many underlying diseases: heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, obesity. So, I dare not take risks.

Are there dentists in Cuenca who take multiple protective measures? Not just masks.



City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Joshua Pena, general contractor

My husband and I had a list of various projects around our condo which included squaring a door, repairing cracks in the wall, painting, and even a creative redesign of a cabinet door. Joshua handled everything in a timely and economical manner. We are extremely pleased with Joshua’s expertise, professionalism, and communication skills. Being bilingual he was able to easily discuss the projects with my Ecuadorian husband in Spanish and with me in English. We plan to use Joshua again for some remodeling when we move to a new home in a few months. We highly recommend Joshua Pena.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:  099 574 4585

Recommended by Lisa Machado:  summervermonter@gmail.com

Recommendation for Martha, house cleaning

Martha had been helping me for a year now. She is amazing! Honest, on time, meticulous and incredibly helpful. She helped pack my things when I moved recently. She cleans with efficiency while being very careful around my breakables. Even my dog, Max, is in love with her. She is a single mom of a lovely young daughter. Please, if you are looking for someone to clean your home, she is available every Tuesday. nicky200518@hotmail.com

Recommended by Lorraine Marshall:  q8Lorraine@gmail.com

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