Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brunners in Cuenca

So Tuesday we took a little walk downtown and had a typical breakfast: mote pillo (a corn and egg mix). We saw the main cathedral and the central park. We went on to the main artisan market of Cuenca and basically went crazy seeing all the things.

I'm pretty sure we cleaned out a fourth of the vendors' products. We were quite the bargaining bunch with Johnny and myself as the guides.

We then left Cuenca to get to Ingapirca (or as Julie likes to call it, Inca Pinca) which is like an hour and a half drive. We jumped around the Incan ruins and saw the museum. Andy had his Ecuador guidebook and was reading it aloud to us(I'm not sure if anyone was listening though)

We went back to Cuenca and met up with an exchange friend, Lauren, from the US who is living in Cuenca. We all went out for dinner to celebrate Johnny's twenty-first birthday! We secretly asked the waiter to buy us a cake for Johnny, and at the end of the meal I told him that we were ready for it. He hadn't bought it yet, so he calmly went down the stairs, and then he started sprinting past the front window of the restaurant. What devotion.

From Galápagos to Cuenca

Our van driver picked us up at the airport in Guayaquil, and we got ready to go to Cuenca. The car ride to Cuenca was the scariest car ride that I have ever been in. And I'm even used to the roads! It was crazy for my family too. My mom almost had a heart attack. We were driving at night in the mountains and there was a super thick fog through which we could not see three feet in front of the car. Fortunately, we got to Cuenca safely after that nerve-wracking ride. Then we hit the town in the fresh air of Cuenca!

Galápagos Trip - Day 5

Got up early and packed up. We had breakfast of ceviche, bolones, and patacones, then we took a taxi across the island. Johnny and I rode in the back, singing Spanish songs the whole way.

We had a boat ride to the other island then took a bus to the airport. We passed through the artisan shops and then waited for our flight, playing cards. We had to wait in the airport for like two hours because of a huge delay.


Killing time:

Then we flew to Guayaquil to finish the trip.

Chao Galápagos