Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Return from the coast
Saturday We were up at 5:30 am to wait for a taxi to take us to the airport. Ron went out before I was ready, and when he stepped out on the porch, there was a guy in Ninja gear sitting there with a rifle across his knees. A bit unsettling, to say the least. The Ninja did call us a cab, and we arrived at the airport before even the coffee shop was open. Needless to say we were anxious to get a cup of caffeine and something to eat. Finally the door was unlocked and we got coffee - if you can call it that. Most horrible stuff I ever tried to drink! And we thought they had croissants, but when we asked the barista said they were filled with beef or chicken. I am so sorry, but I just can't eat chicken for breakfast. So, we dug around in our emergency food bag and found some Chips Ahoy. That was breakfast - two cookies and undrinkable coffee. So off we went to Quito. When we landed at Quito, we saw a sign for Dunkin Donuts. We got two coffees and two sugary donuts each. I would never do that at home! Then we got a taxi to the bus terminal. The ride from Quito to Otavalo was routine by now. It was Saturday, so it was market day in Otavalo. We shopped a bit and I bought a gift for Nan. We also had lunch. A great lunch. I found a place that had burritos! Real burritos with beans, rice, beef, cheese, and salsa. So good. Then we caught the bus back to Cotacachi. Bill and Verda were a couple of hours behind us, but they arrived and we had soup and tomatoes and avocado for dinner. Verda makes great chicken and rice soup!