RELIGIOUS POP ART AND LLAMAS
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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Nearly every catholic, wealthy family in the 16th century had a child in the church. For the daughters the first daughter went in the church and the last was to be at home to look after the parents. The females came to the convent with their servants. Not sure how serious these girls were but their parents paid a great deal of money for them to be there (a sort of Swiss Finishing School). Their rooms were sparse but what I enjoyed was that each nun had a baby Jesus in a glass box and around it was little memories, dolls or any little religious article which were given to the collection by relatives
This interesting tour was followed by a visit to a Llama center, a community project which was working on the re-introduction of the Llama to the area and how important this beast with long eyelashes is to the community. It was quite comical as we were taken into a small room and a lovely and uber-enthusiastic member of the community told us every minutia about Llamas, from the medicinal qualities of drinking their blood, the luck in burying their fetus before building your house and the year long maintenance of a Llama. We were Llame'd out!
A short stop at Guamote an Indian town to see an Educational Center but then found out it was a Teachers’ holiday so no one was about so we ambled around the village and then took off to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca
We arrived at dusk at Cuenca and the roads were busy with traffic. The city was neat with Spanish architecture, red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and flowery plazas. You felt like you were entering a city in Europe. It was clean and well kept and you could not help feeling a sense of warmth about the place but as it was getting dark we would have to find out what Cuenca is really like tomorrow.