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... the Millennium Cross high on the hill. We drove through downtown Manta and stopped at Tarqui Beach to watch the bustling activity of the fish vendors selling fresh-caught tuna to shop-keepers and local citizenry. It was definitely a photo-op! Not far away, we viewed the tunafish ship building area.
From the beach, we drove into the Manta countryside, passing small villages that dotted the area. We stopped ...
... ears were assaulted by perfect, flat English. Turns out this girl, Ana Gabriela, was a 23, studying marine biology, new pretty much perfect English, and even had a cousin currently studying at Unv of O. Soon, Ana, her grandmother, her grandma, and her little sister (?) said they were on their way home. Ana asked what we had planned for the night, but scouffed at our idea of a movie on a Saturday night. She gave us her phone number and told us to call her later that evening.
... month, which means that most people live on the poverty line. I wouldn't say that the people of Manta are opressed by their lack of financial resources, but it definitely means the culture is different.
EDIT: I titled this post heatstroke, but I guess I forgot to really talk about the weather! Hot and humid......I guess that's it haha. It has probably averaged at least 80-85 degrees while I've been here, BUT that's with 80% humidity. That combo ...
In Manta, we took a tour to the Pacoche Rain Forest. The tour is marked with three walking men in the shore excursion brochure (they rate the tours from one to four walking men to show relative level of exertion required). David and our friend Lynda Flanger have knee problems that mean three walking men tours are too hard for them, but they really wanted to go on this tour, at least the easier part of it. Debby in Shore Excursions ...
... and moved on.
It was a short run up to the inland city of Porto Viejo. We looked for accommodation before the city itself but found the city to be ringed in establishments with names like The Eros Mothel and Hotel Aphrodite. Although they were advertising rooms for $5 (possibly by the hour though) we decided maybe the city centre would be better after all. We've since discovered that 'Love Motels' are big in Colombia as well and are ...
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- Free parking