On a rainy Thursday evening we don raincoats and grab an umbrella and set off. The sidewalks of Cuenca are often uneven, but this evening we realize that those stretches of reasonably level, tiled sidewalks which we like turn into a risk is the rain - they can be very slippery! We take our time, watching our step and enjoying the shimmer the light rain puts on the city.
When we arrive at Louisiana Pub the first set has just started.. The band sounds pretty good, and as advertised they are playing Blues songs (at least most of the time). After eight or nine songs the band asks if there's anyone that would like to join them. A woman from the next table is encouraged by her friends and soon she us up singing, and she's doing very well. Singing is not one of my skills, and I'm always envious of people with the talent. I'm glad that they don't have the same rule as the Blues Club in the movie "Adventures in Babysitting" where no one can leave without singing the Blues. It would be awful if I had to sing.
Between songs we talk with one of the owners, learning about his 20+ years in Colorado and his "retirement" to Cuenca. He asks for input and suggestions on the Pub. I look around. This is one of the first nights the Pub is open and see a lot of expats, but also a smattering of Ecuadorian couples. If the owners can build a clientele of both and serve Cajun food they will do very well.