25 April 09
"Lest we forget"
The border crossing into Ecuador was smooth and without drama.
Ecuador trades in US dollars which is so strange to me. It makes everything seem a lot cheaper than it is!! haha
We are in Cuenca which is BEAUTIFUL!!! Definitely my favourite city so far! It is dotted with old colonial style houses and greenery with a river running through it (we are about to go for a stroll along the river and perhaps an icecream!! My new favourite is this coconut one..mmm...tastes like summer holidays).
Our hotel is stunning too! A nice change from stuffy tents! (and yes, we have hot water!)
So...we've been on the truck all day and all we want is to go out for a drink somewhere, maybe a dance (it seems every time the weekend arrives we are in some remote area without bars or any nightlife) BUT as our luck would have it, this weekend there is NO SERVICE of alcohol because of the election! Argghh!! One weekend in 4 years and we end up in party-town Quenca on just that weekend. So, it'll be milkshakes with dinner tonight...
This morning we went to the Panama hat factory and boy, were some of the hats amazing! Tim and I almost bought one, but then we thought about how much we'd actually wear it... Im a bit bummed we didnt get one, but Im sure Ill forget about it soon! haha Apparently the markets sell copies...??
Some of the hats were priced well over $500 USD - nuts, hey!! But these can take from 3 to 6 months to make. Tim fancied a nice black number...if only we could spend $120 USD on a hat!! The different styles and colours were fabulous!
Tomorrow we head to Rio Verde (camping) which is a bit of an adventure place where we can go canyoning, rafting, etc. After that is the AMAZON!!!!!!!!!
So, looks like we'll be out of touch for the next week or so, so, just in case I cant skype or get to a phone...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!! LOVE U LOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WISH WE COULD CELEBRATE WITH YOU!!!!!
Question: why would an icecreamery (Tutto Freddo) need an armed security guard out front? I mean, the icecream is amazing but the gun is a little much don't you think..?