Manabi Province – Ecuador (May 2013)
(This post follows New Friends, New Memories – Part 01 posted yesterday)
After the Ecuador Crash Course group left Canoa Beach Hotel, Susana stepped into her job as Spanish teacher and prompted us to count heads in Spanish as the bus took us the half-hour ride to San Vicente! Learning a new language is often difficult for many, but Susana’s infectious spirit reminded us to embrace the new words and cherish the adventure!
In San Vicente, most of us bailed out of the bus and took a boat taxi across the mouth of the Chone River. (Bay of Caraquez)
The rest of our group traveled over the bridge by bus and waited on the Bahia de Caraquez side of the river. But wait! We were so caught up in Kodak moments that we left two of our children behind! (We should have counted heads again before the boat departed!) Happy to make Bahia de Caraquez, some of the group danced their way toward the thump-thump-thump of nearby music!
After a drive around Bahia, we traveled up up up to the lookout point where the giant white cross watches over Bahia and the coastline. While my new friends explored the hilltop, I took a few candid photos.
The bus took us down down down until we were again at sea level and ready for our next feeding.
Puerto de Armistad didn’t let us down as we feasted on various entrees. Owner Tripp Martin greeted everyone and helped take the orders. He later shared his own story and gave pointers about life in Ecuador. Dave and Miriam , another seasoned couple who have made Bahia their home, shared their stories, which included some amazing ‘What Can Go Wrong’ tales that turned out well!
They asked, “Lisa, how will you get home?“
I smiled and said that the magic carpet would come get me!