Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
The streets of Cuenca
Markets stocked with fresh produce
Cajas National Park
With friends in Canar
I am continuing to reflect on the visit from my family and I am so grateful that there were able to visit! I’m glad they were able to experience a bit of life in
When the Cross Mark team welcomed visitors in
My dad was surprised that
Mom mentioned how strange it was to assign tour guiding and itinerary planning to me.
I think Christa was surprised at how easily accessible Kinder Eggs (her favorite foreign chocolate with surprise inside) are here!
My family was, and I continue to be, surprised at how economic travel is within the country. Hostals, meals, and transportation are all reasonably priced for most travelers visiting from the
Again- a great visit and opportunity to share many aspects of my Ecuadorian life with my family.
This was my last trip before traveling to
We were able to visit many local markets which boasted fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and even live rabbits and guinea pigs. There were many great opportunities for taking photographs and people watching. Other markets sold piggy banks, other ceramics, wooden kitchen utensils and woven rugs and baskets. It was a beautiful day and way to see the mix of local cultures.
Friday we hiked at
Malory loves dancing more than she loves life itself so we spent two nights at local bars dancing. We had a great time talking and dancing with the Cuencanos and listening to an incredible live salsa band.
I ate roasted cuy- or guinea pig in
Sunday Malory and two of her friends and I traveled to Ingapirca- the largest Incan ruins in
Yet another great trip! I am still surprised at how diverse this country is!
I have been involved with getting a group of Luther students to invest in entrepreneurs seeking micro-credit loans and was reenergized by Yunus’ speech and call to eliminate poverty. If you are interested in learning more about Yunus’ work the book is a great start. You can also log onto Kiva.org and learn more about lending to an entrepreneur yourself.
This week those in
Tuesday I went to the toros- or bullfight with my friend Aaron and his host sisters. I was excited for the experience though I wasn’t prepared. After the first of six bulls was killed I had tears welled up in my eyes and found myself questioning why I was there. I have a few friends who were conscientious objectors- stating the fights were too brutal to support with their time or money. After the first fight the bullfighter I came to see entered the ring- Sebastian Castella from
Yesterday I attended a soccer game between Liga and Nacional- two of the 6 teams in
The tradition is for the team and their thousands of fans to travel to the University (where the team was founded) to bathe in the fountain to celebrate the championship. My family and I made our way there, though I was under strict instructions to wear a jacket over my Nacional jersey. This did not stop fans from pouring beer and wine over my head though… so in the end we all left wet- Liga and Nacional fans alike.