“It’s such a clean city. Everywhere I turn, I see someone sweeping, cleaning or mopping up.”
“I didn’t expect it to be so cold here. It reminds me of October in Pennsylvania during Halloween!”
“Why do I have to throw my toilet paper in a receptacle instead of down the toilet?”
TRUE: It’s one of those things that is such a common occurrence; I fail to mention it to folks who are coming for a visit. I think it all depends on where you live in Cuenca. In our building it isn’t necessary, but in some of the older buildings where the plumbing isn’t so great, they request that toilet paper not go in the toilet. My friend, Trisha, is staying at a nearby hostel and there was a sign on the bathroom door and she thought it was very odd until I explained the reasoning.
“The Ecuadorian people seem to be so happy with their lives; they do everything as a family.”
“You’re always celebrating something in Cuenca—right?”
TRUE & FALSE: Not every single day, but enough to make you think that every day is a holiday! Cuenca is rich in history and culture, so there’s always an historical anniversary, religious holiday or an important occasion that warrants a few fireworks, street vendors and dancing! Yesterday while my friend and I were at “al centro” we heard music and sure enough in the “Barranco” section of town there was a “Luces y Dulces” (Lights and Sweets) festival going on. There was music, entertainment, dancing and—of course—lots of food! Yes, there were fireworks as well, but we left before they started.
Dollar Tree in Cuenca, I took her to SuperMaxi to find some mascara. The sticker shock scared her a “little”: $14.50 for Maybelline (as compared to $3.50 in the States). I tried to explain that everything that’s imported (perfume, makeup, electrical appliances and computers) carries a hefty price tag.
First impressions do count and Cuenca has made quite a “splash” in the minds of many!
Until next time…hasta luego!
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