2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage

2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage


My mission in publishing this blog is first to provide a living history of my settlement and life in Cuenca, and to provide myself and the reader with a journal account delineating my reasons for why I have chosen to settle in Cuenca. Second, the posts are my way of staying in contact with family and friends back in the states, and to provide them with an understanding of a country and culture that most North Americans have little knowledge and awareness. Third, the blog is open to one and all who wish to compare and contrast the experiences of expat bloggers living in Cuenca, so that you can determine whether or not from your perspective Cuenca is an appropriate move for you. Fourth, my blog provides another example of how expats view and interpret life in Cuenca. Ecuadorians and Cuencanos who may read this blog are especially invited to post comments that may enhance all expats understanding and appreciation of Cuneca and its people, or to correct any misinterpretations in my assumptions and perceptions of Cuencano culture. Finally, I hope I can convey the feeling of love and appreciation that grows within me each passing day for this heavenly city nestled in the Andes and its very special people.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Thursday evening, April 11th, the concert at the Teatro Sucre in Cuenca took place, which introduced Walter Abril's new album entitled "Sarah, with the Music of Emotion".  The fact that the CD is dedicated to Sarah, his fiancee, made his songs most poignant.  Walter wrote all the songs on his new CD, and they were all performed live by him.  The concert that evening began with a brief video biography of photos of Walter's singing career, including newspaper headlines as Cuenca's favorite son as a young singer.  Walter has performed in many night clubs throughout the Caribbean and South America.  His recent recording has been playing on radio stations in Cuenca, as well as various restaurant venues.  Just last week Walter and his niece, Johanna Quinde Abril, recorded in Quito, which was presented on television throughout Ecuador the next day.

Johanna Quinde Abril is a university student studying music and considered her performance Thursday evening to be the launch of her music career under her performance name of Abryl.  She sings with a great deal of depth and emotion, and sang two songs from her evening's repertoire in English, one of which included the heart-wrenching song from "Titanic", "My Heart Will Go On".

The Fame group of Jose Antonio Romero and Veronica Padron, who won the South American Dance-Sports competition provided exciting performances in beautiful costumes.  Also performing in the evening's concert were Amy Riveros Abril and Emilia Luna Montalvan, whose ballet-stylized dance movements were synchronized with Walter's songs as he sang.  Also in synchronization with Walter's vocals were the dance movements of Danny Jimenesez, Joshua Riveros Abril, and David Ortega.

Some of Walter's most enthusiastic