So, we are now in Cuenca! After a three hour drive from Guayaquil that reminded me a lot of driving to Lake Tahoe, we made it! I was very glad that I hadn't eaten lunch, because it was curvy enough that I might have been ill.
So far, I'm not extremely skilled at bargaining. Taxis range from $1.50(the minimum) to $3 to just about anywhere in town we want to go. Or the bus is 25c and isn't bad to ride on (other than, I've heard, right when school is getting out).
We are awakened every morning at 6:45am by the music coming from the elementary school across the street calling all the children to be there by 7am. They all look so nice and clean in their uniforms and their hair neatly combed and (for the girls) neatly braided.
The apartment we are is is gorgeous, albeit a little noisy due to having a main street right outside the bedroom window. But, it is a two bedroom, two bath apartment with security, furnished, for $440. And that's with only staying the one month. In talking to several people, I'm sure that we could find an adequate unfurnished apartment with a signed lease for $300 or less!
I went to do laundry, but the lady who worked at the laundromat said they would do two large bags for $10, so I just left it. They did a good job, but I have a feeling that I should have talked them down a little.😏
We found the Plaza de San Francisco, where there are quite a few artisanal shops selling locally made goods: Panama hats (which have never been made in Panama!), ponchos, leather goods and more surrounded us! We each got a hat. That is a necessity because, even though there is a lot of cloud cover, we are on the equator and at about 8000 feet, so the sun is quite powerful here!
I said in the title that my head is spinning. That is mostly because if you ask ten different people a question, you may get ten answers. "Is the water good to drink?" The answers I got were: "It's perfect!", "Foreigners need to be careful.", "It won't harm you, but it tastes horribly of chlorine.", and "An American engineer toured all the water treatment plants in South America and said that Cuenca's is the best of any of them and rivals anything in the U.S." So, we got bottled, but use the tap as well. But, a lot of things are that way. It just depends on the personal experience of each person. So, you'll get my experiences this month! Take them as you will!😉
I'm a Certified Massage Therapist, a book lover, a happy wife, a teacher, and a fiber arts specialist. Oh, and I may be moving to Ecuador!