Wednesday, April 6 Dan, Theresa & Lane leave

This morning was an organizational time. Dan, Lane and Andy went out for a run in the park about 8:00 am. After showers and breakfast, they went off to the market to pick up some last minute handicraft items.
Packed and ready to go
When they got back they finished packing and I made everyone scrambled eggs for an early lunch. Here they are all packed, organized and ready to go.
Saying goodby to Esperanza

They took a few moments to say goodby to our landlady, Esperanza.
Piling into the taxi

After all the goodbyes were said, they flagged down a taxi and hopped in for the ride to the airport and the long set of flights home…
Cuenca to Quito, Quito to Guayaquil, Guayaquil to Miami and Miami to Minneapolis. They left here at about noon. They won’t get to minneapolis until 3:00 tomorrow afternoon – and then it’s a nine hour drive home!

Once they left we walked down the steps and took a look at the river. The two photos below show how much the recent rains have swollen the river.

Rio Tomebamba March 25, 2010
Rio Tomebamba March 25, 2010
Rio Tomebamba April 6, 2010
Rio Tomebamba April 6, 2010

We walked across the bridge and set out to explore more of new Cuenca. In the process, we got lost. Unfortunately, I hadn’t brought our map along and so it took a fair bit of wandering to arrive back in familiar territory.
During our wanderings we passed a kitchen and bath shop that was just getting set up. We poked our head in to see what modern Cuenca kitchens look like.

Trim European styling
Trim European styling
Multi-level counters
Multi-level counters
Unusual lavatory sinks
Unusual lavatory sinks

Once we got back in familiar territory Nancy headed back to the hostel while I went to SuperMaxi to get some fixings for the rest of our time in Cuenca.
potato/beet cross?
This evening I fixed a chicken stir-fry and we had some of these small potato-like tubers.
They appear to be a starchy tuber like a potato but have a slight beet-like taste. By the way, to give you an idea of their size, that’s a quarter in the center.