¿Adonde esta el Baño en Baños?
Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
111Trip End Jun 23, 2009
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In the morning I headed off with James and his friends, Aaron, Lexi, Jenny, Elaine, and Paul to go Canyoning... which basically is repelling off waterfalls. Sounds safe right? No way would this happen in the States... way to many liabilities, that is why I had to do it in Ecuador. There really wasn't any instruction either... just a quick lesson on how to repel, and off we went. The first one was pretty hard, only because it wasn't very steep and you couldn't really get good footing, cause you couldn't lean back enough. The second one was really hard, cause I went on the more difficult side and kept getting pummeled by the waterfall. The third one was more fun, but also the scariest. As I went down, I lost my footing and ended up swinging underneath the waterfall and didn't really know what to do
The next morning I wasn't feeling too bad, since I hadn't really drank that much. However, when I looked in the mirror I was surprised to find that I had a bit of a black eye. Then it all came back to me... I was such a dancing fool, I accidentally punched myself in the eye. It hurt a bit, but I didn't expect it too leave a mark. Too funny! I had planned to head down to Riobama to catch the Sunday Devil's Nose train, however, I was with such a great group of people, I decided to stay a few more days and get the Wednsday train. Since I had such an active day the day before, and since everyone else was super hung over, we just took it easy and hung out in Casa Hood eating and watching movies all day. It was nice and relaxing, however, not relaxing enough... cause I was still way to tired to go out again and party. So I called it an early night and was so happy when I got woken up by Victor, because he was too drunk (and tired) to climb up into his bunk bed
After a nice breakfast, I just read my book and waited for everyone else to wake up from their alcohal-induced-comas. When they finally did, we all headed down to Casa Hood for another day of hanging out, eating and watching movies. This place is running a pretty cool travelers business. I am sure we are not the first group of travelers to spend days just hanging out there. I then worked on the Internet for a while, before meeting up with the rest of the group. They had all had dinner and were getting ready for a night viewing of the near by volcano. So I jumped on board and we were off. We road in this weird converted van/truck/bus thing. While we were in town we had to sit inside, however, once we got out on a dirt road, everyone climbed on the top while we made it the rest of the way to the look out. We could see all the lights of Baños! It was really pretty, but the coolest part was watching the lava explode from the volcano. Red hot rocks were shooting up really high in the air and then flowing down the side of the volcano. It was amazing... however, there were long pauses in between, so after a while we all lost interest and loaded back in the van. Our guides got the hint and we were headed back into town and off to the Lepricone. Since it was Sunday night I was pretty surprised to find that it was still open..
Monday I hung out at the Hostel and read my book... I just haven't had the motivation to do anything. Everyone else when rafting, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Plus I think my cold is coming back, so I wanted to rest up for the evenings events! Since everyone was leaving on Tuesday we had a big night planned. We started the evening by playing some pool, which I lost badly... all the travel is taking away from my pool skills. The whole gang then met up for our last supper together at Casa Hood. We had a total of 16 of us at the table. It was so much fun! After which we all headed down to, where else, The Lepricone. The other group of Gingos actually cheered when we walked in... because we tripled the amount of people in the bar. It was a crazy night and everyone left happy... some more than others! The pictures tell a pretty good story of the nights events. I again was woken up by some crazy Irish guy (Victor) who was so hyper and just wanted someone to talk to.
The final day in Baños was spent watching everyone recover from their hangovers. The only cure was a chocolate shake from Casa Hood... however, we all about cried when we found out it was closed on Tuesdays!!! NOOO! After we found another acceptable place to eat, we all packed up our bags and headed different directions. Victor, Kevin, James, Lexi, Karen, Paul, and Elaine were headed north to Quito. While Rob, Elly, Oli, Ben and I headed south to catch to train in Riobamba. Since everyone told us it was really bad, the trip can only exceed any expectations we may have. Should be fun!