I was relieved when I woke up and realized that it was only May 25th and not June 1st
. Which gives me a whole nother week in Ecuador... I don't know what I was thinking, maybe it was the cold meds. After packing up and checking out, I headed out for breakfast and the Las Lajas Church. It is an amazing Gothic Cathedral built high on the walls of a ravine. Legend says that an image of The Virgen was seen up on the rocks of the ravine... so they built a church, with the rocks as the alter. It was beautiful. The valley was so relaxing and nice. I was able to climb up a big hill to a vantage point to just relax. I wasn't sure if it was the altitude or the cold, but it was a really hard walk. Once up there I sat on a bench and just enjoyed the days sun. Until a lady, who was just walking by, stopped to sit and talk we me. She was so nice and we chatted about all sorts of stuff, including the high cost of university education in the States... at least that is what I got from the conversation. She was really nice and was really excited that I enjoyed my time in Colombia. It left me with a smile the rest of the day. Back in town I got a cab to the border and was on my way to Otavalo, Ecuador. COUNTRY #8!!
When I rolled into town I headed straight to what the Lonely Plant called the "most popular backpackers hotel"... only to find not another person there. But that is okay, with this cold, I am not really in the mood to meet new people. I was however in the mood to eat... so I headed into the town square in order to find some food. I really didn't have much of an appetite so I settled for a small sandwich and a hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was nice and warming since this little mountain town was so cold. I then just hunkered down in my hotel room and figured out a game plan for Ecuador. As I looked at a map and a calendar, I thought I only had a 10 days to get through Ecuador, before meeting my sister and bother-in-law in Peru. I was a bit sad, cause there is a lot of fun stuff to do in Ecuador, but eventually I settled on a plan.