Back Home and Reflecting
We are back home now, and reflecting on our trip to Cuenca Ecuador. First off I want to say a big Thank You to all the wonderful new friends we made while we were there. You were all so helpful, and kind and generous with your time and experiences, thank you again.
Cuenca was a beautiful city, steeped in old world charm and beautiful architecture. The people were equally as beautiful and charming. Our Spanish language skills are not quite up to par (yet), but we managed very well with what we had. The key is to at least try.
We spent most of our days on foot, wandering, sometimes aimlessly, around the downtown core (El Centro), just exploring, stopping for coffee, going to the markets, the parks and squares, having lunch or dinner, and just trying to get a feel for the place. It became a daily routine for us to walk up the 90 (yes, I counted them) steps from our rented apartment on the Tomebamba River to get up to El Centro. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. Whew! It never got easier, but I loved it all the same. Luckily neither one of us seemed to suffer from altitude sickness (although those stairs could take a lot out of us at that altitude).
Even though this was an exploratory trip, it was also our holiday, and we did some holiday things, like taking the City Tour Bus up to Turi, and a day trip to Inca Ruins in Ingapirca. Both were well worth the experience.
So, now that we are back home and reflecting, what do we think about moving to Cuenca? That is still un-answerable right now. It is a lot to take in, and a big decision to make, one that we are not taking lightly. There are two of us who have to decide, and it needs to be unanimous. We need a little more time, we got home late Sunday night and right back to work (UGH!) on Monday morning, and have been going none stop since. I will post more later, when we have more time to let it soak in.
Whatever we decide, it was well worth the trip.