of course, I had my camera with me, and I was able to photograph new areas more locals of Cuenca. It was enjoyable capturing some of the scenic landmarks as well as photographing special Ecuadorian people we met along the way. One never knows what or whom they will encounter in a day, and for me, it's about the people we meet and the stories they graciously share. I love engaging the local people with my Spanish questions which they so willingly answer, letting me behind their curtain and into their humble lives. They also love to know about us, estranjeros (foreigners) - why we've come to Cuenca and what we think about their homeland - especially, where we're from and why we've left the United States for Cuenca, Ecuador.
A Photojournal Story of Our Day with SOZ Steve and Mary
|Mary and Steve from South of Zero - Ready to torture us on a LONG walk outside the city. It was an exceptionally warm and "blue sky" day - and we loved having them as our tour guides.|
|The weather was perfect today for the locals who do their laundry in the river and then lay them on the grassy slopes to dry (this is the Yunancay River).|
|We also saw locals bathing their pets this warm and sunny afternoon. Do you think this dog is going to give in so easily? I think NOT!|
|When we're out on our long Cuenca walks, I am always happy to see the beautiful foliage and colorful plants in January. Cuenca always presents this photographer with an incredible beauty! (photos above and below).|
|There are walking/running/bike paths along the beautiful rivers of Cuenca.|
|......and artistically painted walls along the city streets.|
|We visited Parque Paraiso (Huayna-Capac, Santa Ana de Los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca) , and strolled along their wooden walkways.|
|As hungry and thirsty as I was, while Bo, Steve and Mary feasted, I continued to chat with and photography Sra. Zoila and she was loving it!|
|The ICE COLD beers and crispy salty Platanos Chips were to die for!!|
|The Ceviche De Cameron was indescribably delicious ($4.50, really!!!)......|
|.....and the Encebollado was perfectly seasoned and chock full of the most heavenly seafood (Tuna) and other surprise ingredients ($2.25 - I kid you not!!!).|
I can't wait to take Sra. Zoila her photos and watch her make tamales!!