Ecuador travel

Walking Cuenca

We enjoyed our first full day in Cuenca today. The breakfast at our hotel , Casa Ordonez, was excellent and served beautifully. The staff are polite and professional and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Karen and I then headed out to find the tourist information office. A helpful fellow from New York was working there and provided all the info we needed. We then jumped on the City tour bus, one of those ones with the roof cut off.

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The tour was put on by Vanservice, it covered a good portion of the City and the tour guide gave a lot of interesting information. The only criticism was that the tour guides accent was so heavy that it was hard to understand at times. We had some good views of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,

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We also got to see some interesting citizens of the city of Cuenca.

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After the tour we hunted around for a place for lunch. We ended up finding a little hole in the wall in 7-40 block of Hermano Miguel. It was a glass of lemonade, a bowl of soup,with meat and vegetables, then a plate of rice and beef. Not gourmet but tasty and filling, the best part was the $3.50 bill for both of us. We then went for a long, long walk to the river Rio Yanuncay.
After that we took a taxi over to have a drink with a great Canadian couple who are now living in Cuenca. There were a total of eight of us at their place and we had a wonderful time. They and another expat Canadian couple provided us with an absolute data dump of information and advice on Cuenca and Ecuador in general. It was a very pleasant evening.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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