Montenita By Anthony Edward Maguire.
I felt bad for making Olam recall every event that has happenned since we got here without my help so i thought i would try and remember what we did whilst we were in Montenita last week: On Saturday 7th of March, we arrived in Montenita on the coast of Ecuador. After looking around several hostals we settled on one that was right on the coast overlooking the sea called Hostal Galapagos.
After having a rest and going for a quick swim we bumped into a guy staying next door to us called Mark. He had been there for a few nights already and knew some people so we went out with him to a bar called the Bier House. The first night was really good fun and led to us meeting quite a few more people who were staying in Montenita which was good. We didnt do much the next day though as we ended up getting in at 7 in the morning. Olam stayed in bed for the majority of the next day but I manned up and went to a pizzeria with mark and his girlfriend along with a few other people that we had met the night before. On Monday Olam managed to muster up the energy to leave the room and we went for a surfing lesson at about 13.00. It was nice to do some surfing but the instructor wasnt great and we didnt get the full 2 hours that we paid for. On Tuesday we got up for the Liverpool Vs Real Madrid game in which me and Olam both witnessed one of the finest displays of football of our lifetime. We watched the man utd inter game on wednesday as well although we had to keep jogging each other to ensure that we stayed awake such was the boring, substandard quality of football. After that we went to a strip of cocktail stands where they prepared cocktails with fresh fruit which were really good. The Dacquiri Maracuya (dacquiri with passion fruit) was our personal favourite. Thursday to Sunday followed a similar sort of pattern of waking up late, going for a swim and then going to one of the many bars with our new found friends before heading back to our hostal and therefore its hard to actually distinguish one day from the next. On Saturday however we went out with everyone in celebration of Olams birthday the following day which meant that Sunday itself was quite quiet and mainly consisted of lazing around, reading and eating cake. We did go out for a meal in the evening though and the Chicken we had on Marks reccomendation was really good. Other highlights included: Finding a place which served soup, rice and meat and juice for $2 and sitting in the hammocks outside our hostal reading.
We met lots of really nice people in Montenita but by Monday 16th we were ready to go somewhere a bit quieter so we headed for Cuenca; a city full of really nice old churches and museums.