Estoy enfermo. Quiero television.

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Sep 14, 2008

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Hostal Colonial

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Friday, July 4, 2008

I arrived in Cuenca around 1am and managed to find a dismal little room at the Hotel Pichincha. By the next morning, it was clear that I wasn't feeling well and it was more than just fatigue from late-night traveling. I decided to ride out whatever illness I'd come down with in style, so I checked into a posh room ($16!) at the Hostal Colonial, complete with private bath, balcony, and cable TV. Spent most of the ensuing 48 hours in bed, soothed and slowly numbed by hour after hour of American television (mostly in English with Spanish subtitles). I think I watched more TV in those two days than I had in the two months preceeding my travels. Shameful though it may be, I sort of enjoyed the experience. My fever (as high as 101 F) broke after the first night, but I felt weak and achey enough to stick around for a second night (or was it really just that I couldn't wait to see what would happen on the next episode of Two and a Half Men?).

I did manage to do a bit of walking around the city, taking in the riverfront and main plazas. But honestly, in years to come I'll probably mostly associate Cuenca with the channel that aired both He-Man and DW Griffith's silent classic Intolerance.

Unfortunately, no video clips of the Simpsons in Spanish or anything, but there are a couple of photos from Cuenca on flickr.
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