Travel Blogs from Cuenca
... estimate 15 blocked shots. Mercifully, MERCIFULLY, eventually the guys got bored playing basketball and asked me if they could shut it down to play volleyball. That was the best invitation I had in weeks. Can my old ass stop playing and go sit down somewhere? Absolutely.
So here is to my favorite shot blocker, Mr. Dikembe Mtumbo, and all of the defensive players out there. We can't score many points, but when all else fails, we can block a shot.
... The number and diversity of marine life was unparalleled to any other diving we had seen. There were huge moray eels scattered throughout the rocky walls, schools of 500 barracudas, massive parrot fish feeding on the coral, 80lb jack fish, venomous scorpion fish that camouflage themselves on the rocks, pacific sea horse, starfish, and green sea turtles. We also dove with huge manta rays and eagle rays that hypnotically glided through the water. The curious and playful sea ...
... around town enjoying the historical churches, cobblestone streets, and of course headed to restaurant Tres Estrellas so Mike could try the Ecuadorian delicacy, cuy -- a/k/a guinea pig.
One day we met a couple we had previously met in the Galapagos, who are from Minnesota. They decided to escape the winter and spend three months here.
We also visited the cultural museum, which ...
... road closures, crowds and vendors 10 deep – it seemed to be a fancy dress
costume contest with many of the youngsters in the crowd taking part. Many of
the big fancy entries with elaborate floats were from students but the most
interesting were the political/social statement ones - about Hugo Chavez, money laundering, greed,
etc. I liked the 2 comedians with the papier mache milk bearing goats – the judges,
dressed as monks, did too!
... Parque Calderon, where we caught a double-decker tourist bus that took us around to see most of the sights for only $5! The highlight of the bus tour was going to the Mirador de Turi which is a lookout point that overlooks the entire city sprawled out below. The end of the bus ride was pretty amusing because the tree branches were so low at some points that we had to stay alert or else we would get hit by ...