Sad, but not tragic. A forced opportunity. Maybe even a fortunate adaptation…fuck it. Let's make taco salad.

Ecuador

Cuenca to Montequillas

Cuenca to Montequillas

Cuenca (~7500 ft, ~400,000 ppl) is reported to be the arts and cultural capital of Ecuador, renown for its local crafts and markets.  We wouldn’t really know because we spent 3 days and 2 nights there in self-enforced rehab from our outburst in Baños.  We actually sat in the hostel and watched a movie.  In […]


Baños

Baños

We got in into the little tourist town of Baños (~5000 people, ~6000 feet) wasted from the bus ride down and physically drained from the altitude in Quilatoa.  We wandered around a bit looking for the right hostel and were twice offered the Matrimonial Suite. (Um…if that means a heart-shaped bed or the Magic Fingers […]


Quilatoa

Quilatoa

We jumped a bus south and pulled out of Quito for the last time.  The Sister was quite jubilant.  We were heading for Quilatoa, a tiny town on the edge of a volcano crater at about 12,000 feet.  The first bus was on the main highway, but when we transferred in Latacunga, the scene took […]


Quito

Quito

In many ways, Quito is like any other big city: an orgy of new faces, sounds, sights, and smells, fascinating and entrancing…for about 8 hours.  Then it’s just crowded, loud, and intolerable.  When the hell are we heading South?     But by the second day, I was able to get past some of that […]