For those of you who don’t follow our SPOT GPS tracker (click here to view it), we’re no longer at the beach.
After 3 weeks of kickin’ it stationary, we decided to get back on the road. It was really nice to be in one place for a while, but as I said a couple posts ago, the road is calling. We had our last happy hour on the deck and said good-bye to Montanita.
Our plan was to head back into the Andes and check out some mountain towns. Before leaving Montanita, our friend Koa gave us some real coca leaves. The indigenous people of South America were chewing these leaves for a buzz long before the drug cartels started using them to make cocaine. They were yummy.
What better thing to have on a drive through the Andes!
Rolling out the coastal plains we drove through huge banana plantations. Scattered shacks surrounded the fields. After all the places we’ve been, it still shocks me to see the conditions some people live in. As my beautiful wife once said,
“I guess some countries grow bananas and some countries eat them.” (read that post here)
Our destination for the day was a world famous Ecuadorian town called Banos. I must admit, the place is gorgeous.
As with most Latin American towns, the center was a large beautiful church. This country seems to have an unusually high catholic population compared to the other countries we’ve been to. I’m guessing that instead of an average of 95% catholic, Ecuador is more like 98%. Just a guess.
For the life of me I can’t figure out why Stevie and I are always sick. I mean sure, we weren’t raised eating rodents, but they are well cooked. What’s the problem with our gringo stomachs.
As I keep telling Stevie, we just need to try harder.
We’ve been seeing a lot of 3 foot tall humans lately. I find it hard not to stare. I know it’s rude. I’ll own that.
Stevie, as always, is quick to mingle. I think she really likes feeling like the tall person in the crowd. BMOC baby.
Although, for the record, you’re kinda cheating babe. You’re wearing platform flip flops. She is not.
Our stay here will probably be short. We’re meeting my Mom in Northern Peru in 3 short weeks, so we’ll be heading south shortly.
Cada dia es mejor,