Chapter 8: Getting Ready

“Oh my!  I can’t believe my big ears!  What’s this – we’re going to Ecuador!  Haven’t seen Nilla so I’m not sure she even knows this – but she probably does.”

The printer has been busy – color copies of passports, copies of medical history, updating vaccination histories (MMR, Tdap, influenza, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B), copes of emergency instructions and contacts.

From overheard conversations between my, oops, I mean our people, we’ll be staying at a rental property in the small fishing village, Crucita.  The property is in a gated community with 24/7 security.  Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, top deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean what more could we ask for?  Lots of questions – Drinking water, beach umbrella, reliable internet, nearby shopping, local gym, trash collection, housekeeping services, nearby ATM, grill – to name a few.  Russel, our host will hopefully provide the answers soon via email.

Saying good bye to the buddies.



Travel time! I’ll tell you all about it when we return!




“It must be getting close to travel time.  I can’t wait to get going.  I’ve seen reminder notes, ‘must pack lists’ and ‘to-do’ lists.  This Ecuador trip is more complicated than any other I remember”, Nilla remarks. “You do know that we’re going to Aruba too, don’t you?”

“Back to Aruba and the iguanas?  Aruba is nice but the iguanas looked as us as though we were lunch when we were sitting out by the pool.”

“For a creature with big ears you don’t seem to hear much!  We’ll be just fine, our people will keep us safe!  And Jackson, can’t we call our people, our caregiver owners, our guardians, our trustees by some other name?”

“I know let’s call them ‘The Ts’, short for trustees.  What do you think Nilla, sounds pretty good to me!”

“Okay, it’s ‘The Ts’ from now on, good thinking Jackson.”

“You should know that Russel called a couple of days ago and spoke with The Ts.  I overheard some of the conversation – he sounds nice.  Apparently the property manager only speaks Spanish, shouldn’t be a major problem – I’m sure we will figure out some way to communicate.”

Good thing Nilla and I travel light – the guardians have a suitcase limit of 50 pounds and the carry-on size is limited to 22 x 19 x 9 inches, including handle and wheels.  I’m sure Nilla and I will be in the ‘personal item’ pockets and definitely won’t be a problem.


“What’s a ‘Nook’?” Nilla asks

“That’s the literature device loaded with reading material, it’s been available for years” I answer.

“What happened to real books, you know, the ones with pages, earmarks and all?”

“Nooks are more convenient and weight less and actually have several functions beyond storage of electronic books.” I explain.

“I know, ‘Nook’ means ‘n’ot a book, ha, ha, ha!” Nilla sarcastically responds.

“So you think you’re really funny, well let me tell you, your name in Spanish is pronounced Në-ya.”

“And how is your name pronounced then?”

“The same way, of course!”

“Sure you really don’t know, do you?”

“We’ll just have to wait and see, then!”

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