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  • Day16

    Zweiter Tag Cuenca

    November 29, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nachdem ich gestern Abend schon einen sehr netten Abend mit Susanne verbracht hatte, haben wir uns heute zum Lunch mit den beiden Kanadierinnen aus unserer Sani Gruppe getroffen. Ich fand das richtig toll, dass es tatsächlich geklappt hat. Wir hatten nochmal eine gute Zeit bevor sich unsere Wege endgültig getrennt haben.
    Davor und danach war ich wieder in der Stadt unterwegs. Im 'museo de arte moderno' war eine Sonderausstellung mit den World press photos. Ein Teil der Fotos hatte ich schon im Internet gesehen, aber wenn man davor steht, haben sie doch nochmal eine andere Wirkung. Und einige der Fotos tun richtig weh.

    Dann war ich auch noch im Panamahut Museum. Schließlich kommt besagter Hut aus Ecuador und nicht aus Panama.
    Es gibt auch coole Street Art zu bewundern. Überhaupt scheint Cuenca eine aktive Kunstszene zu haben. Ich habe relativ viele Galerien gesehen.
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  • Day65

    Adios Ecuador, hola Peru

    December 6, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    It is time to say goodbye to Ecuador: Even though we had some issues at the beginning of our relationship (phone stolen, bad weather), we fixed them and could finally fell into love 😘.

    At the end, I could finally taste also Cuy (roasted guinea pig), the special local dish around here: Really sth different tastewise and an interesting experience, though my love for beef won't be questioned by the Cuy (pics lie sometimes 😉).

    Off to Peru now!
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    Daniela J.

    Ich glaube ich werde Vegetarierin ;)

    Ralf D.

    All natural 😉


    need a like not button!!!

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  • Day2

    Exploring Cuenca

    February 24 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Another great day wandering around Cuenca. When you are in a city that is 8500 feet high, what to do . . . hike 6 miles and climb to the top of a local mountain for a better view. 🙂 Plus, if you have seen the news, there was a gang war in the prison system yesterday with 50 prisoners killed, 38 of them here in Cuenca . . . so we walked up there to see it. Living the Thug Life here in SA. 🤣
    Fly the hike if you like . . .
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    Cuenca from one of the local hilltops.


    An obligatory dead guy statue photo.


    This is the prison where 38 gang members killed each other yesterday.

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  • Day19


    November 13, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Bus, Zug, Bus, leckeres Bananenbrot gefuttert und danach die Teufelsnase gekratzt - nach insgesamt 9 Stunden in diversen Transportmitteln freuen wir uns nun auf ein paar Tage in Cuenca und morgen auf einen busfreien Tag :-)Read more

    Georg Graf

    Schatz, habt ihr da Karneval oder streikt die Fluggesellschaft 🤔

    Andrea Graf

    Liest du wieder Karten? Weltbeste Kartenleserin🤩🤩

  • Day72

    Cuenca Week 2

    March 15, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Wow. So much has changed in our 2nd week in Cuenca due to Covid 19, the Coronavirus outbreak. We've been watching and reading the news from other countries, especially Italy and have had a "wait and see" attitude. After finishing our 2nd and final week of Spanish school, we are looking to rent an apartment and hunker down with stocked food and supplies in a safe space. More on that later though.

    While it seems lame to describe our adventures here during a world-wide pandemic, I want to do so just for the record. At the beginning of this week, the Ecuadorian government announced that there were a couple cases in Ecuador. They were brought in by an Ecuadorian National visiting from her home in Spain. The other seems to have been a Dutch National on vacation and was in the Oriente, or Amazon basin when he showed symptoms. Each day, the government took more and more precautions and we kept at our classes. By the other day, all schools were cancelled and groups of more than 500 were banned. By today, groups of over 100 are banned nationwide and the borders are closed to incoming people. That includes land borders. Everyone is ecouraged to stay at home. There are 31 testing centers available nation wide and 2 deaths to date, including the woman visiting from Spain. These tallies change daily, but it seems that the rate is about the same as in Wisconsin as of today, with the notable exception that there are 2 deaths here and none in Wisconsin as of today (March 15, 2020).

    But we continued with business as usual and went to a hat museum the other day that showed how the unfortunately named "Panama" hat is made. They are made here in Ecuador and were misnamed when Teddy Roosevelt was seen sporting one in Panama, where they were popular. Anyway, it was quite intersting to see how they're made. The "super fino" hats can cost over $1,000!

    By midweek, we were both getting tired of classes but stayed with it. I actually missed a day of class from stomach problems that came and went within a day. The water is safe to drink here but something got me. We had been buying water or using iodine treated water mostly and the day after I switched to tap, I got sick. But 3 days after that I switched back to tap and have been fine for a week, so go figure.

    We continued to eat out at some good restaurants, alternating between cheap and good ones to expensive and good ones. And Deanne found out that a band from the Congo was giving a free concert at a mid-size concert hall. We went to that and had a great time but wondered if they would close this venue soon. Yep, 2 days later this and all venus holding 100 or more were closed. Also, as of yesterday, all museums were closed nation wide. It's getting real.

    We see the fear and hoarding going on in the states, but it's not happening here, yet. I am actually happy I'm here. The Ecuadorian government health department is top-notch and seems to be much more organized than the states and seems to be in front of this. Oh, and speaking of health, there are all of these labs all over town where you can get your blood tested for just about anything for relatively cheap. Deanne and I went and just started checking boxes for tests we wanted, no doctors script needed! I asked my physician friend Mike for what tests I should get. Within a half hour we had our blood drawn and paid about $125 for 8 tests between us: lipid panel, PSA, cholesterol, thyroid, and many more. We could see the results online by 4:00 that day. And yes, this was a new, modern lab. Try getting that done in the states, and for anywhere near that price with no insurance. And the best part? The data is ours and not a health insurance company's. They could use these tests to deny us coverage in the future. Without getting into details, we're both healthy and there were no issues. Deanne was absolutely amazed at some of the tests we could take, including ones that tested for various types of cancer. You can't normally get those if you wanted in the US unless your physician had good reason to suspect. Good job, Ecuador!

    The only problem we've seen is that handi-wipes are impossible to find. I set out one morning to get a haircut and maybe find some rubbing alcohol or handi-wipes. I found a grocery store that just opened up and they had a big selection of rubbing alcohol. I was considering buying a liter when a woman came up in front of me and grabbed 4. I decided I'd get 2 and some alcohol free baby wipes and just add the alcohol to it. The psychology of that purchase is so interesting. I was going to skip it until I saw her grab four. Should I grab 4? Or more? I settled on 2 since we're traveling and they're heavy.

    I also found a couple gel dispensers, which are rare also. We''ve been trying to wash our hands or sanitize them hourly now and clean our phone several times a day. That's quite a change. Deanne has had over 30 years experiance as an eye doctor and never touches here eyes, nose, or mouth. Conjuntivitus is so easily spread in an eye doctor's office, and she is very disciplined. I need to learn to stop that bad habit, quick like!

    But the main problem we seem to face in the future is food, and where to isolate. We booked 4 nights in a town called Vilcabamba south of here that is at lower altitude but considered a paradise. We're in an inexpensive boutique yoga hostel (yeah, I know....) that is highly recommended. But we are dailly changing our minds on what to do: find an apartment there and stock up on food? Our main concern is that if they close all restaurants (like in Italy) we'd be screwed pretty quick. The alternative for us is to head to a beach town and get a monthly rental and stock up there. Sea, sand, and sun are the enemy of a virus, right?

    To hell with our return plans and scheduled flight on May 7 and planned visit to Colombia before that. We are in full survival mode now and are looking for the best place to wait this out. We have lots of ebooks and 2 eReaders and we can go anywhere. A plus for Vilcabamba is that they grow lots of veggies there and it's not too populated. We're torn, so tomorrow we will go to Vilcabamba and take the fear temperature and look at some apartments. And I'm concerned about runs on ATMS. We haven't seen any of that, but once panic sets in, all hell will break loose. We've started withdrawing the max amounts for 3 days now. Normally, we'd NEVER carry so much money, but Ecuador is very safe outside of main tourist areas and bus stations. We hired a van from the hostel, so there will only be 6 people max in it and we can avoid the bus station. Actually, I just heard from the hostel. Last week, we barely got a reservation and now they have lots of empty units! Maybe our shuttle will be just us and the driver? Not bad for $30 for two and a 5 hour drive that would take about 8 via taxi to the bus station, a wait, and then the bus that stops a few times on the way.

    Speaking of which, we decided to take public buses to 3 villages today. It's Sunday, which is market day and this is when all the people come from surrounding small villages to the closest markets. We went to Gualaceao, Chordeleg, and Sigsig. It was fun and interesting and the views from the bus was amazing. Only a few people were wearing masks and we did find hand sanitizers at 2 markets that the health department put up. Deanne has this cool small hand pump for alcohol she got as swag at a conference years ago. On a whim, she packed it months ago and now we were using it every half hour on our buses and after walking through the markets. I'll be refilling it daily, I think. It was a great day and we feel like that might be the last time we're in crowds for some time.

    As we hopped in a cab from the bus station to go home, I saw a sign on a hotel across from the bus station : Closed due to the Cornon Virus. I think we really need to find an apartment with a kitchen sooner rather than later. If people start dying here, they'll close all the restaurants.

    In a couple hours, we leave our fun homestay. The Polos are a fun and loving family and seem to always have a good time. We feel so lucky to have been placed with them and to be in such a nice, new neighborhood with lots of restaurants and shops. Our first 2 nights in the old town got pretty bad because the bus and car exhaust went right into our room, even with doors and windows closed. We are also so lucky because this weekend our Spanish school closed its doors indefinitely. That happened 2 days after our last class.

    I hope everyone reading this stays safe and practices good health habits. As my mom and dad used to always say, "This too shall pass."

    All photos and vids are here.

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    Deb Furlong

    Glad you guys are being careful. Stay safe. Happy travels!


    What is this a picture of?? (from Anne H)

    Dave Hippler

    Ecuadorian pigs in a blanket. Chancho is roasted pig and at markets they have them lined up to eat.

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  • Day41


    December 1, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Zunächst sind wir nach San Lorenzo, ein Küstenort mit.. ehm.. ja was denn nun.. nich.. Stille! Mit Stille. Und einem "Laden". Und einer Bushaltestelle. Das war traumhaft. Die Babyschildkröten nicht zu vergessen, die per Flurfunk von unserer Anwesenheit hörten und nicht länger im Ei bleiben wollten!

    Danach sind wir nach Montañita und es wurde laut, hektisch, bunt, wellig, touristisch, partyig, surfig! Auch das war gut - wie ein kleiner Malle Ausflug. Tagsüber von Wellen durchstrudeln lassen, nachts von Bier.
    So gut wie die wendigen Ecuadorianer surfen wir nicht, aber wir sehen mindestens so gut aus.

    Aus dem Meer, auf den Berg, ins Wasser. In Cuenca besuchten wir eine Vulkanhöhlentherme, die uns mit (surprise) warmem Wasser, unterirdischen Pools und einem Hautpeeling mit braunem Dreck, Salz, Kaffee und grauem, gröberen Dreck begeisterte.

    Und da wir nun schon so weiche Haut wie eine frisch geschlüpfte Legion Mangowelpen haben, gönnen wir uns nun eine Auszeit im Yoga Hostel, um uns für Peru nochmal ordentlich zu dehnen.
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    Erika Lier

    Das könnte schon mal ein Weihnachtsessen sein. Es sieht total lecker aus. Bon appétit !

  • Day15


    November 28, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Mit dem Bus ging es gestern dann weiter auf der Panamericana. Gute 4,5 Stunden von Alausi nach Cuenca. So interessant es auch ist durch die Anden zu fahren, bin ich doch sehr froh froh dass am Sonntag die letzte Busfahrt ansteht.

    Hier habe ich meine einzige Airbnb Unterkunft dieser Reise. Das Haus nennt sich sich La Guarida Colonial House. Es ist mehr als nur ein Privatzimmer aber auch noch kein richtiges Hotel. Auf jeden Fall ist es total schön. Es finden hier auch regelmäßig Filmvorführungen und kleinere Konzerte statt. Für Exil-Amerikaner die hier leben scheint es auch ein Treffpunkt zu sein.
    Gestern Abend gab es zumindest etwas leckeres zu Essen und 'Harold and Maude' zum anschauen.
    Heute Morgen ist zuerst Waschen angesagt. Die ganzen Klamotten aus dem Regenwald riechen etwas muffig.
    Ab dem späten Vormittag war ich dann in der Stadt unterwegs. Cuenca ist toll und wesentlich entspannter als Quito. Lunch hatte ich in einem schönen Innenhof neben der Kathedrale.
    Außerdem war ich im Indigenen Museum. Das war sehr interessant.
    Heute Abend treffe ich mich mit Susanne, die ich in der Sani Lodge kennengelernt habe.
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    Walter Fiedler

    Schön, dass Du denselben Eindruck von Cuenca gewonnen hast wie ich 👍

  • Day17


    November 30, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Gestern hatte ich überraschend einen sehr schönen Abend. Andrés, der Eigentümer meines Airbnb hatte mich eingeladen beim großen Familienabendessen teilzunehmen. Es waren dann auch einige Leute da. Ich schätze dass es ca. 20 Personen waren und ich mittendrin. Ich habe zwar bei weitem nicht alles verstanden was gesprochen wurde, aber ich hatte trotzdem viel Spaß und konnte mich einigermaßen verständigen. Es war dann auch ein recht langer Abend.
    Wegen solchen Überraschungen liebe ich das Alleine Reisen.
    Eigentlich wollte ich heute eine geführte Wanderung in den Cajas Nationalpark machen. Zum Glück habe ich mir die Beschreibung nochmal durchgelesen. Da stand etwas von mittelschwerer Wanderung in 3.900m Höhe. Dann habe ich darüber nachgedacht, wie anstrengend ich das Treppensteigen hier in 2.500m finde und mich gegen die Wanderung entschieden. Man muss ja nicht übertreiben 😀
    Bin ich halt wieder durch die Stadt gelaufen. Da sind in den letzten Tagen auch einige Kilometer zusammen gekommen. Zunächst ging ich eine ganze Weile am Fluss entlang. Das war sehr schön.
    Unter anderem war ich in einem Ethnologie Museum über die verschiedenen indigenen Gruppen in Ecuador. Das war sehr interessant. Leider durfte man keine Fotos machen.
    Und weil es gerade gepasst hat, war ich auch noch in einer Galerie.
    Somit darf ich jetzt auch den Bereich Kultur für diesen Urlaub abhaken.
    Morgen früh geht es dann mit dem Bus ca. 5 Stunden nach Guayaquil, die letzte Station vor Galapagos. Yeah 😎
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  • Day20

    Cuenca Citytour

    November 14, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Irgendwie fühlt sich Cuenca anders an, als der Rest Ecuadors. Europäischer, mit spanisch-französischem Flair. Viele gemütliche Cafés, nette Restaurants, noch mehr Kirchen, Häuser in französischem Stil und Kolonialbauten - und dazwischen doch wieder die typischen ecuadorianischen Märkte, Apotheken und kleine Shops mit dem Besten der Natur für das menschliche Wohlbefinden, indigene Volksgruppen in traditionellen Kleidern... Es ist doch Ecuador, nur irgendwie anders, aber wir fühlen uns wohl :-)Read more

  • Day5

    Cuenca Alpaca's H3 #18

    February 27 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Well, I finally hashed in South America. This has rounded out my hash travels to 6 continents (7 if you count Zealandia), and this being the 94th country. We had a pack of about 25 turn up, mostly walkers but a few runners. Trail had its issues, but for virgin hares, it was wonderful. The trail was so nice (4 Kms) . . . I did it TWICE (8 Kms). On On.
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    At the start, getting ready to send off the hares.


    Hash cash is flush with doe.


    The hares, and a couple hounds. Theme for the day was Mardi Gras.

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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cuenca, Горад Куэнка, کوانکا, קואנקה, Կուենկա, CUE, クエンカ, კუენკა, 쿠엥카, Куэнка шаары, Kuenka, Куэнкæ, کوئنکا, Tumipampa, Куэнка, เกวงกา, Куенка, کوئنکا، ایکواڈور, 昆卡