Saturday, March 26: in Cuenca

Drumming lesson

Drumming lesson


This morning I put on my new backpack and we headed out to SuperMaxi. on our way through the park we passed two groups of young people learning how to drum. I didn’t take a lot of pictures at SuperMaxi but tried to record some more prices of various items.

Quinua (500g) $1.32 – $2.74 depending on brand
Yogert (Mora – 2 liters) $2.68
Butter (200g) $1.68 (250g) $2.09 (300g) $2.45
Cheese (300g sliced cheddar) $3.14
Ground beef:
- Extra lean (<1%) $8.27/kg
- Lean (3-4%) $6.60/kg
- Regular (14-15%) $3.01/kg
Top Round $8.61/kg
Pork Chops $8.81/kg
Aluminum foil (25sqft) $1.27 (200 sqft) $8.50
Ziploc Freezer bags (12 med) $3.12
Campbell Chicken Noodle Soup (10.25oz) $2.21
Campbell Chicken Vegetable Soup (10.25oz) $2.97
Spaghetti (400g) $0.72 - $0.82
Spaghetti (500g Barilla) $2.09
Prego Spaghetti Sauce (14 oz) $2.81
Apples:
- Gala $2.19/kg
- Granny Smith $3.73/kg
- Red Delicious $2.04/kg
Cabbage:
- Large green head $0.39/kg
- Large purple head $0.30/kg
- Small green in plastic $0.61/kg
Broccoli crowns $0.63/kg
Cauliflower $1.02/kg
Bok Choy $1.14/kg
Mushrooms (large portabello) about $0.01/gram
Onions (white cooking) $2.36/kg


House set back from street

House set back from street


In the afternoon we strolled around in the old part of Cuenca and saw this interesting house set well back from the street.


Three girls from JFK high school

Three girls from JFK high school


As we were walking we were approached by these three lovely ladies who were doing a survey as part of a school project. They were Nicole, Deborah and Giselle. Our answers to their questions were recorded for posterity by a video camera.

Native couple near the market

Native couple near the market




As we walked towards the market, we met a native couple coming from the market. When we got to the market we went into the food section of the market rather than the arts and crafts market. This market is not like SuperStore or even SuperMaxi. This is a traditional food market. There was a large meat market as well as a produce market. Note the many different varieties of potatoes for sale. This is the area where potatoes originated.
Part of the meat market

Part of the meat market


The produce market

The produce market


Many varieties of potatoes

Many varieties of potatoes




What is it?

What is it?


A lot of the produce looked familiar, but there were some items that we had never seen before.

The University of Cuenca

The University of Cuenca

When we left the market we walked towards the river. From here we could get a good view of the University of Cuenca aross the river in the new section of Cuenca.

Steps down to the river

Steps down to the river




In this part of the city there are still about 100 steps to go down to get down to the level of the rive. But this isn’r a straight set of steps like the ones near our hostel, these wind back and forth.
We walked back along the far-side edge of the river and passed several very interesting buildings including the INCA bar and grill where the Gringos congregate on Sunday afternoons.
Across from the University

Across from the University


One of many bridges over the river

One of many bridges over the river


INCA Bar and Grill

INCA Bar and Grill




Of course, when we reached out hostel we had to climb those 100 steps to get to street level and then another 54 steps to get up to our room on the fourth floor. This time climbing the steps was spiced up a bit when a motorcyclist decided to ride down the steps as we were climbing up.
Riding down the 100 steps

Riding down the 100 steps

When we reached our room, we were bushed. Enough walking already. I made spaghetti for supper. It tasted good. Right after supper Nan crashed while I worked on the blog. I couldn’t do it earlier because our Wi-Fi connection wasn’t working properly. I’ve learned that you sometimes have to reboot the computer to even be able to see the wireless router. Live and learn…