last week, we had some days off of school, so chris, mary, fernando, and i went on an awesome trip… soo much fun. i’m not going to try to sum everything, but here are some nice moments:
- train on the way to cuenca: it went through the mountains, and the scenery the whole way was so gorgeous. it was really relaxing to ride the train through all the pretty paisajes, and sing, and listen to fernando play the guitar.
- ingapirca: incan ruins. we walked around the ruins and explored, super interesting to see & think about.
- el parque nacional cajas: this was my favorite part, for sure, even though everything was really great. the four of us and geovy, adam, & andrew went from cuenca. this park is amazingly gorgeous and feels so peaceful- mountains, rivers, wide open, clear sky, forests, a lake, open fields, pretty wildflowers. we hiked around a lot, played in/relaxed by a river, explored, and found a field of llamas and horses (& were able to get super close). loved it, loved it.
- cuenca: this city is just gorgeous- rivers and old architecture, flowers and trees, easy to walk around it. there was lots going on, because we were there during the festivales of cuenca. there was tons of people, lots of energy, lots of different events/markets/music/food. really fun to explore.
- guayaquil: this city was great, and had a really different feel from cuenca or quito (it was more like chicago, in a way). my favorite part of being in guayaquil was when we climbed to the top of this hill where you could overlook the whole city and the river. we got there a little before sunset, and so we all sat on a bench together, played guitar and sang, watched the sunset over the city, and saw all the lights start to turn on throughout the city. fue lo máximo.
- concert: our last night, we went to a concert in this really cool outdoor area- it was kind of up in the mountains/forest and there were tonsss of people there.
- & overall, we just had lots of things fall into place really well, i feel like… for example, there were a couple times we really didn’t know how we were going to get certain places, and we were always able to hitch-hike, and the people were always really sweet and interesting. when we were coming back from cajas, it was raining and we didn’t know how we were going to get back to cuenca. then, two people ended up taking us a lot of the way back; there was a woman from chile and a man from spain, and they were traveling for a year in their van. anyway.. things just always work out.
so there’s some of my fave feriado moments… pics on my facebook, si quieres ver!