We do not typically enjoy being in cities and prefer to travel in more rural, less discovered, areas. However, after Caryn headed back to the land of fresh salads, hot water, and spicy mexican food (we were only a little envious) we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to see one of the most unique cities in the world and were glad we did!
For a closer look we toured an old colonial home that had belonged to the wealthy and influential Maria Augusta Urrutia. The house/museum is furnished with a collection of Ecuadorian art from the Colonial times to the 20th century. It was fun to see what a grand old home looked like a hundred years ago - I want a house with a courtyards and fountains in the middle!
The old cathedrals always draw our interest for their remarkable architecture although I usually leave with a bittersweet sentiment toward them. So much of what JESUS came to be about seems to be missed in these high and mighty constructions. I know they were designed to inspire reverence and awe, and they do for many - but for the building or GOD?
In making our plans we knew that we eventually had to make it down to Cuenca to finish our Visa issues. Cuenca is about 12 hours south by direct bus from Quito and we decided to visit some of the unique regions along the way, breaking the trip up over a few days instead of having one really long day on the bus. Why miss an opportunity to explore? Check out where we went next on tomorrow's blog. I'll give you a hint...it was really cold, hot, and wet!