Day 3 started out very early for Ken. At 5 AM he went to pray the rosary in the Quito's historic district with Andres's father. On the 20th of every month, the people of Quito pray a "Rosary at Dawn" in honor of La Dolorosa (aka Our Lady of Sorrows...aka Our Lady of Quito). On April 20th, 1906 Our Lady opened and closed her eyes for more than twenty minutes before the amazed gaze of forty students of the College of San Gabriel.
|Ken brought home 3 roses for his "girls".|
Meghan examined the guide map before we started on the day's adventures.
We saw many women working while wearing their babies on their backs as we drove out of Quito.
We spent the rest of the day travelling to and from a city called Otavalo.
(Click the picture to make the map larger. I circled Quito and Otavalo in red.)
Meghan snoozed on the way.
I tried to take as many pictures as I could from the car window. The roads are very narrow and wind through the mountains of Ecuador. When I saw something to take a picture of, we were past it by the time I got the camera ready. As a result, I have a lot of pictures of the guard rails in Ecuador.
The valleys were lined with flower farms. We never actually saw flowers, just fields.
Note that the word "Cui" means guinea pig. Apparently many guinea pigs live on the islands in the lake. Guinea pigs are eaten in Ecuador, and we saw them roasted on spits along the road and featured on menus in restaurants. Honestly, we are open to trying new foods, but we did not try the guinea pig.
Note the bubbles in the lake. What a beautiful site!
Senor Nelson wanted to take us to the Peguche waterfall a short distance away, but we declined his offer. Travelling with small children has taught us to rejoice in what we were able to see, but also acknowledge that not everything can be done. We were exhausted and so were the kids after a very full day. Thankfully the trip back to Quito went by quickly and the girls enjoyed their naps in the car!
That evening we walked to a restaurant near our hotel.
Note: Carne means meat. The restaurant was very nice, but anyone who really knows me knows that meat isn't at the top of my preferred palate.
The girls and I, still smiling after a looong day.
Ken and Camille
The food: shrimp ceviche on the left, chicken kabobs and roasted veggies on the right. Note: not a chance of getting sick from undercooked meat in Ecuador.
Ken and I look very well-rested in these photos. The nice part about vacationing with 2 little ones in a hotel room is that when they go to sleep, we have no choice but to also go to sleep. We were in bed by 8:30 almost every night!
Stay tuned for more highlights of our Quito adventures. Next up: the Walk of the Seven Crosses and the sighting of Camille's guardian angel.