Walk around old town, markets and Panama Hat Factory
21.07.2015 - 21.07.2015 20 °C
We only had one day in Cuenca and wasn't very much to do activity wise, so Harrold took us on a city tour. There are a few inca ruins around the town, so we stopped by the while he explained all the buildings different purposes were. Then we went a museum of cultural history. The museum included how ancient civilization's dressed, ate, socialised, listened to music, their festivities, rituals, languages etc. Then we walked around the old town (lots of photos taken here) so many gorgeous brick buildings with delicate balcony designs. Also saw a few cool street arts on the walls we were passing. Getting hungry it was time for lunch. Harrold took us to a local food market. Its was massive 2 stories high. The first floor was all fresh produce, fruit and veges. There also a line of rice, cheeses and pastas. Upstairs was Meat produce on one half, with apparently women hacking at animals heads with an axe. (I didn't go down that end). The other was the food and drinks. One entire section had whole pigs on every counter. Callum got some pork and salad for lunch, I decided I wasn't hungry anymore and got a smoothie instead, even almost ordered the whole thing in perfect spanish.
Harold then took to the famous Panama Hat factory. So many hats!! Callum stayed and did the tour, I went with Steph/Princess (brit girl) to the local markets to find a new hoodie, as she left her favourite one in the Galapagos Islands.
Side Note: Princess got her nickname, as she can not eat any dairy, gluten or nuts, she'd really like to be vegetarian, however then she would have nothing to eat. It's also because she is a like a delicate flower, she gets very motion sick so has to sit at the front of the bus or by a window. Her window was very small one busride, she was like 'don't know if this window quite meets my princess standards' ;-P. She is also a lot like me except a little worse (maybe like me without Callum). She loses everything. As the saying goes 'oh princess!'.
After Callum had finished at the Panama Hat factory him and Clare (Little Britain, little 5 foot brit girl from Bath, England) came and meet us at the markets. We brought another keyring to add Ecuador to our collection.
After the markets we head back to the hotel, via the supermarket for some lunch for me and snacks for the bus ride tomorrow. When we got the hotel I lay down for a while, as I was feeling a bit sun struck. Jack decided it wasn't time for sleeping and that we were going to be sociable and play cards outside in the sun. He'd been in bed all morning as he had food poisoning or something. After cards I did a bit of blogging and uploaded more photos on facebook, very slow however internet was very rubbish. At 7pm we had a group meeting about the coming days then everyone went out for a group to nice restaurant. I stayed at home and went straight to bed as I felt pretty sun stroked, light headed, dehydrated and very pale. Worked out quite well as only had about $10 US left and our next stop was Peru so didnt want to get anymore out. Callum had a nice spicy chicken breast for dinner, then they came back and played cards and had a few drinks till about 11pm. I decided to get up and have a shower and pack as our departure time was 8am in the morning.