Sometimes we "ride the bus" to the end of its route, just to sight-see and to figure out the bus system. We're yet to find an accurate bus guide because a couple months ago, the city officials completely changed the entire city bus route. Until they are finished changing things (hummmm? Whatever that means...) we've had to figure it out for ourselves. We have a friend here who should be the bus go-to guy for Cuenca. He's got it down!
One warm sunny day (though it's been cooler and rainy these days, we always see blue skies and sunshine) Bo and I decided to ride BUS 20 to the end of its route. We ended up in Sinincay, a small province-village in Cuenca, with an altitude of around 8,600. The people are kind and hard-working and their main work is brick-making. They are also farmers and true to their customs and traditions. For 25 cents, we had a full day of exploring this quaint area, meeting friendly people who embraced our presence, and walking for miles along the back roads of this beautiful town overlooking the city of Cuenca.
Whenever Bo and I appear in these areas, we are always asked, "Are you lost?" This is because the locals in these smaller villages are not used to seeing extranjeros walking around. Speaking the language of the locals always opens up the door for wonderful conversation, sharing our lives, and making new friends who always say, "Come back and visit us anytime." It was a fabulous day and another special memory of our simple and peaceful life in beautiful Cuenca.
PICTURES TELL THE STORY!!
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
I know dogs love my Bo - but now I've added cows to that adoration fan club! I think about how ordinary and predictable our life had become back in the states. Now, we have some pretty funny and sweet encounters every day in Cuenca!
We walked along the streets of Sinincay, for miles and miles........
......and it became more and more rural as we walked farther away from the parada de bus.
We passed by several brick-making sites....
......where stacks and stacks of brick lined the roadway.
Wood piles were carefully stacked for the brick-making ovens.
The scenery along the way was breathtaking!
Different ovens and brick-making operations continued to appeared along the way.
We questioned what an ice cream vendor was doing out in such an isolated and rural area......and then children suddenly appeared to make their purchases!
After we bought our "helados," we visited with these three ADORABLES for over an hour. They enjoyed sharing all about themselves and asking us a million questions. We laughed and laughed together, and they melted our hearts.
We said goodbye to the three adorables and continued down the road - where we came upon a busy little tiendita called "Tienda De La Hora."
Across the road, a local was moving her cows to a new feeding area.
There were abundant producing gardens.....
....and colorful flowers along the way.
As the evening began to approach, we decided to head to the small town square and hop a bus the rest of the way home (can you believe we originally thought about walking home???).
The bus came quickly, and we were back in El Centro in less than 15 minutes. The lighting over the mountains was brilliant, and our day of walking and meeting the locals in Sinincay was a perfect way to spend our day!