After a wonderful visit in the states to see family and friends, we have headed off to our second country, Cuenca, Ecuador. It’s been five days and already it feels like home. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city in the Andes.
The day of travel to get here was seamless, right down to meeting the property manager in the early evening. The taxi dropped us off in front of the building, we waited 5 minutes and the manager pulled up in the car to let us in. We quickly moved our suitcases into the apartment and headed off to a restaurant a half block away for a margarita and some good food.
We woke fully rested, headed out to explore and landed upon a delightful breakfast place in an 1800’s hotel. It was a wonderful pause before we began to wander.
While wandering, we came across a large market with crazy meat parts on display. (No, I did not buy any intestines, not yet anyway. Who am I kidding? I will never buy intestines.) The fruits and vegetables called me, so my first purchases in Ecuador were bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, and apples. It was a tiny bit scary, but Bob was at my side to help translate.
Lesson Number 1 – Many stalls don’t have change for bills larger than a one. Dollars and coins are the way to go.
As all veggies and fruits need to be washed in a solution to make them safe to eat, we headed to the SuperMaxi (a modern supermarket) to pick up the solution along with a few spices. Exhausted, we settled in for the night to a simple meal of tomatoes, beans, and potatoes.
Cuenca is at 8000 feet in the Andes mountains so we need to be careful of altitude sickness. We are drinking a lot of water and are taking any stairs much more slowly than normal.
BTW, Cuenca has many beautiful stairways that lead to a beautiful river and green space. I foresee much time spent walking along the river.
That’s it for now. It’s Easter weekend, so perhaps I’ll get some good shots of the celebrations.