El Cafecito Restaurant in Quito gave us blank-paper placemats and a shotglass of colored chalk the minute we sat down. These were the first words of our conversation!
Restaurante El Cafecito front entrance – Quito
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Instead of focusing on art this week, I’m sharing photos that record a tiny slice of Michelle’s 8-day visit to Ecuador. My multi-talented young friend managed to find timeout for art between various outings. Enjoy the photos and marvel at the use she made of her time!
Michelle sketched the window design while we waited on dinner.
Learning about the shrimp industry…
Arca de Amor – landmark near Tasaste
Seeing it wasn’t enough… she had to climb it!
The water rose quickly, and her trip back was much deeper…
Luchy at Palo Santo Cafe makes a great pizza! (Michelle’s pictured with Fernando and Xavier Cevallos.. Luchy was in the kitchen!)
Michelle’s an accountant, but she has potential for the tight-wire circus act!
Greg of Canoa Beach Hotel gave Michelle her first surfing lesson.
First time to attempt surfing!
She did well! (And she wore that smile the entire 8 days!)
Experiencing fanesca, a traditional Holy Week soup of the Andes.
The gal’s a natural climber!
UP up up she goes to the top at Punta Prieta’s light house.
Fernando and Michelle admire the view from Punta Prieta.
Michelle at the Guayasamin Museum in Quito…
Canoa Beach Hotel – Quite a hot-tub!
Trek to the waterfall upriver from Jama. (Manabi)
Admiring a strangler tree.
Inspiration from Iguana Park (Guayaquil)
While waiting on dinner, Michelle quickly focuses on art…
The gal can draw and paint, and she plays the harp as well!
Michelle is now back in New York City, though she left us with memories of her grand smile. Hurry back, Michelle! The place mats are waiting!
(I dripped a bit of pasta on the placemat!)