Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Well even though we are now in Peru and currently hanging out for the night in a bustling little beach surf town full of Peruvian vacationers, I am beating the heat by taking an opportunity to post some pics from the past few weeks. Well this is a church in the beautiful little town of Cuenca that was somehow perfectly blessed with this godlight on our afternoon walk to work off some food we ate. I guess god must shine his light more often in Towns with a church every three blocks.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Este es el salero muy tipica de los comedors en Ecuador. Nosotros comimos en Quito comida tipica de los almuerzos del Gente de Quito. Mas rara fue el plato Chaulafan que es de China pero muy popular con los Ecuatorianos. Tiene salsa Soy y mariscos mexclado con carne y verduras.
It´s a low blow to make fun of crazy crap you see on the street in foreign countries, but this one really made me think about the dying art of studio photography and the function of photography in general in different places. Additionally, my blows are often low. There has to be a little room for this in my blog.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I know this comes a little late but Feliz Nuevo Año por 2010 to all my family and homies in Canada and USA y mis amigos de Mexico tambien! Aint no turkey like a NYE Quiteño turkey!
This is a picture I would like to entitle, ¨Why I don´t get Callbacks¨ Hayley took it of me fooling around at a park which looks down over Quito, but I think the look on my face especially if you look closely says it all.
This is the waterfall on the far side of Baños that comes right off the side of the mountain, through a few pools and then straight through a clothes washing area that looks like it´s a few hundred years old where people (read women) are busy scraping clothes clean on the stones. We went to a hot springs here which was interesting. Very interesting. ¨Rustic¨ is the word I´d use. Maybe there are more rustic natural pools around the world but this pool we went to had many people crammed in together as it was the only really hot one so it was kinda like taking a bath with a whole gang of Strangers. Hot water percolated up through the cement on the floor and the perforations where the water was coming through were boiling hot so you had to watch your step. The co-ed pre and post dip shower was pretty interesting if not altogether sanitary feeling. I´m not sure if Hayley would call bug-eyed stares interesting though. It was refreshing though and the water was so cloudy with minerals that I´m sure we got some rejuvination from them.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We are on the road to Baños which is near to Quito nestled deep in the shadow of a valley of a gigantic smoking volano. See photo for proof I was there. This is the volcan Tungruahua which was spouting vigorously enough to scare everyone off the mountain a few years back, but slowly people have trickled back as it hasn´t erupted yet. Now it´s a tourist attraction despite the fact it hasn´t been settled weather or not it might blow someday soon. Besides the beauty and awesomeness of a smoking volcano, Baños is really amazingly beautiful and has hot springs to boot. We stayed at a very comfy hostel and ate giant breakfasts and admired the small towns quaint streets. There is a challanging set of stairs that climb the steep jungly slopes up the side of the mountain to a statue of GOD that overlooks the whole place. We went up there, saw him but had to run down to catch a bus but we wished we´d had a few more days to go on a longer hike further up the ridge onto a plateau where there is a little hamlet with farms and cows and other stuff like that. Next time tunguahua unless you haven´t destroyed everything by then - hope not.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Hi this is just a test to see if photos can work. Incidentally, this is Quito in the Old Town just as thesun was rising on our first morning. The Hostel we were staying at had a great patio with a sprawling view. Nice to sip your morning cup to this.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
|The amazing city of Quito
|residences near the sea with shrimp ponds behind