We continue the process of becoming “legal” for an extended stay in Cuenca. On Wednesday Maria Elaina drives William to the Immigration office in Azogues for his appointment at the Immigration Office. While I waited 45 minutes to be called to a desk, William waits over two hours. Even Maria Elaina becomes impatient and begins questioning officials as they walk past the waiting room. Finally William is called to a desk, provides his signature on the paperwork and is told to watch his email for the visa approval and appointment to receive his visa. Alas, by the end of the week he still has not received an email.
On Friday I meet Evan, an assistant to our Attorney, at the Registro Civil Agencia in Cuenca at 8 am. This is the agency which processes cedula’s , the Ecuadorian identification cards (similar to US social security cards). The attorney warns that it may take two to three hours to complete the process. I meet up with Evan and another expat a few minutes before 8 am. I chat with the expat who is doing a renewal and by 8:30 she has her renewed cedula in hand. I am processed a little later, but by 8:50 am I also have my cedula in hand. Yay!! Evan declares that this is record time - last week he was at Registro Civil Agencia for over three hours with two other clients. Evan walks us next door and helps the two of us to obtain laminated copies of our cedula’s , which he advises us to carry and use for everyday transactions. Seems like a good investment - especially at a cost of $3 each. 😊
Sunday is another great weather day with warmer temperatures and blue skies. After watching some of the Green Bay Packers game on YouTube TV we go for a late lunch at Cafe del Museo, dining al fresco.