Goodbyes are ugly, aren’t they? Sorry for being gone for so long, these past few weeks have been CRAZY. Finishing up the research project, saying goodbye, traveling . . . Whew! I come home in two days, and over the course of my last week in Ecuador I will have been on a bus for about 24 hours. I haven’t counted because I don’t want to know, but I actually think it will be more . . .
Since I last posted (nearly 10 days ago, yikess!) where/what have I done?
I went to Cuenca for the weekend . . . I LOVE that city! Such a good time with friends. Maybe too good a time 😉 Cuenca is beautiful with a very European vibe. It’s in the Sierra so it is pretty chilly–bring a good chompa!
My last week I went to Macas a few times to hang out with good friends and say goodbye. If I come back next summer to Ecuador for more than a visit (ie, to do my senior thesis research), I think I’ll either live in Macas or in Cuenca.
We made pizza my last night in Macas 🙂
They told me that I could open a restaurant in Macas because my pizzas were better than any they’d eaten there . . . so if I end up marrying an Ecuadorian like 2093847 people have told me I will, at least I have a viable business 😉
The bus ride from Cuenca to the coast again convinced me that I will NEVER find a country so small yet so beautiful. A 4 hour bus ride presented me with SO many different views and topographies, each one absolutely stunning.
Now I’m in a calm, eco-hostel in the decidedly un-calm party town of Montañita, Ecuador. It is a strange experience to be in such a touristy place sola, without friends or family. I’m taking advantage of the time to rest adequately after not having slept much the past few weeks, eat good food, and be the one person here that is not drinking, dancing, or going out. Tomorrow afternoon I leave to start my next bus-hopping trip, and will be arriving in Quito early Tuesday morning to fly out that night. Then I’m HOME!
- Bienvenido Cuenca! (thesomniforum.wordpress.com)
- Cuenca-Ecuador (panamanlife.wordpress.com)
- Cuenca, Ecuador – A Gem of a City (howardkarp.wordpress.com)
- My Weekend in Montañita (brittanyschatz.wordpress.com)