Mercado en Otavalo

30 Jan

 

Went to Otavalo this weekend!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otavalo, http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otavalo
There are many more photos from the others in the group… will post the good ones when they are loaded on the facebook.
Día Uno:
– garbage trucks play fun tunes
-ate lunch at a beauuuuuuuutiful vegetarian restaurant that was totes spanish inspired- cafe con leche, tortilla española, live band, beautiful flowers, fun conversations (vampires, birds, vacations, music, etc.)
– crazy big market!!!! so many beautiful things and fruits and veggies for sale! lots of bartering. I got an alpaca shawl and sweater with llamas on it. Will return with my padres de los EE.UU. and exploit their financial resources 🙂
– hiked to a tree/plant called Lechero that sits by itself on top of a big hill. Apparently it has healing/magic powers. We hugged it. Bought popsicles (aka fresh fruit juice frozen in a plastic cup with a stick stuck in it) on the way down and got “Hola”ed several times by a truck full of niños.
– we (the eight of us) bought a bunch of fresh veggies and made a stir fry with quinoa (plus piña y radishes on the side)… también cervesas. Total cost per person= $2 (including booze). Score!
– went out: sat at a restaurant and drank a bit, went to a club where we thought there would be salsa dancing, but it was too fast for salsaing… then a terrible live band took stage… we left.
– back to the hostel and chatted on the roof for a while before we went to bed. The beds were free of bugs, we think/hope.
Día Dos:
– found a fair trade/tourist shop where we had “Real Coffee,” which I was definitely in need of. Usually they use instant coffee here, which isn’t too bad actually, but not close to coffee made from freshly ground beans with a little creamer and brown sugar. Mmmm
– meet a guy via couchsurfing.com who showed us around the waterfall Peguche. I rode in the bed of the truck on the way back to the hostel- first time I’ve gone through a city like that. He was super cool and is coming salsa dancing in Quito on Wednesday. I say yes to a middle of the week dance break.
– ate lunch, boarded a bus back to Quito… slept most of the way
– navigated public transit (well, mi amigo did… the other two of us mostly followed) and made it back to my casa
– Mis padres adoptivos y mi hermano made me sing karaoke… yay Queen!

 

I need to take a shower real bad, and buy something to rub the gross skin off of my feet.

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