To follow the short summary of our scouting trip, here begins some general observations of our trip to Ecuador.
The kindness of the Ecuadorian people is documented in nearly every blog and travel book you find. Even though you find very different cultures in different parts (south coast, north coast, mountains, jungle), we found the generality to be true wherever we went.
They referred us to a friend of theirs in Cuenca, the first place we investigated, who also took a day and a half in her car showing us Cuenca, the surrounding countryside, and her country home. Even after I apparently asked her how much her house cost (the ol’ college Spanish is a little rusty), she was gracious and forgiving of my apparent pretentiousness and slaughtering of the language and answered the question.
Even in markets where you haggle over price, they are always warm and friendly. Of course we probably walked away thinking we were savvy hagglers while they were already waving money and pointing us out to their friends a few stalls down. But hey, then money can buy love and we’ll always have friends down here.
Why, then, in a country of such wonderful people, so much fear of each other? Next post...