Trip Start Dec 10, 2009
6Trip End Dec 20, 2009
Shen flew in from his conference in the Amazon yesterday afternoon, and we were so excited to see each other that we both immediately fell asleep. We had planned to wander around Old Town, but...what can I say, we're lame
Needless to say, today was not productive. But our main goal was to get to Banos, which we accomplished. We celebrated our Pretendiversary at Casa Hood, a nice if gringo-centered restaurant, and Shen gave me a beautiful necklace made from Amazonian seeds and nuts (OK, it's much prettier than it sounds - it sounds like something you'd want to eat!). His conference was on sustainable education, and the necklace was made by local students as part of livelihood training. I couldn't love it more. This next part sounds too corny to be true, but - Banos is in the middle of a festival, so as we were on our way to bed, a fireworks show started in the main plaza. We went up on the roof of our building, which at 4 stories was one of the tallest, and ended our Pretendiversary with a spectacular laser and fireworks show. Ridiculous! We are constantly amazed by how fortunate we are.
We have tomorrow to wander around Banos, then we're heading into the jungle. I promise to write more about - well, Ecuador! - in the next entries.