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We arrived in Cuenca, safe and dry...

Well, we made our goal of arriving in Cuenca and being ensconced in our room by 4:00.  Since we added another day to our tour, we had to settle for a top floor room with a gorgeous view of the city, and a look down at the Tomebomba River...and boy is it swollen...lots of rain in the mountains is providing a very fast and brown, raging river...looks really interesting, however.

As we crossed flat lands on the way to Guayaquil, we did see some standing water from last week's rains, but we did not see crippling flood damage.  Our road was bone dry until we reached about 6000 ft.  Then things changed...we got to view the hardworking road crews at work clearing roads of rain induced landslides.  Never have I been so happy to have a high clearance SUV...we forded mud bogs, deep bus tire induced grooves, deep pot holes, and plain muddy slime that had moving mud crossing the road as we drove thru...

The worst problem we encountered was trying to find our hotel in Cuenca...we had a pretty good idea where we wanted to go, but were frustrated by excess traffic in narrow avenues, and numerous one way streets...finally we got here, and, all things, are watching CNN election coverage...got to tell you...we are fascinated...but we don't miss all the BS emanating from the talking heads' mouths...It is hard to believe that there is still a huge election season ahead...especially since we have been bombarded by election BS for over 18 months...

One nice thing happened, I just took out the laptop and turned it on, and it just logged on the the internet, just like at home, and off I went...a good thing...

Cuenca's old town does have charming cobblestones and narrow streets, but the new middle class has inundated the place with too many autos...sort of like driving in San Francisco...which it reminds us of...There is some agitation to make the area car free...might be a great idea...

The city has lots of tile roofs, and the area has more painted homes than any other place that we've visited.  Paint, by the way, is Glidden, and it costs about $20.00 per gallon...That is about what most Ecuadorians make in a day...

 

We are going to eat in the hotel dining room tonight, cause we are tired from driving, and it's now dark out...so we will explore lots of stuff tomorrow.  We are especially hoping that the English language book store has tons of books...we have lots of room...

We saw lots of indigenous people in their colorful dress today, but figured that we would seriously take pictures during the next several days...

 

Posted on Tue, March 4, 2008 at 05:32PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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