While chatting with folks I have become aquainted with quite a few folks who I have never met face to face. We all feel like we know each other, and to that end, when one of the group said they were coming to Cuenca, I invited them to spend the nite here.. well of course I did..(yes, once again, Randy was taken by surprise).
Graciella Wakefield and her friend Zenerida Gonzales came to visit. Gracie is from Guayaquill and Zenerida is from Piura, Peru. These two met on a tour that Gracie was hosting in her city, a few years ago, and have become fast friends. Since that time they have traveled to several cities together, Cuenca was one that both longed to visit.
Zenerida understands English perfectly, and Gracie is totally bilingual so the three of us chatted away with perfect harmony, and they were so sweet to encourage me to stumble through my Spanish when I felt I had a few words I could put together!
Unfortunately they had a late start and were not able to arrive until late Sat. evening. We
"wowed" them with our left overs and veggie tortilla rolls. Talked their ears off till about 9pm and then we released them to sleep. The next morning we were off to see the city..
We rode the bus in and walked up Calle Larga.. we stopped at the Panama Hat Museum..
Then we headed over to the Itur office so we could get the lowdown on the double decker bus times as well as trips to the Cajas. We ended up only going on the local tour as the bus to the Cajas was not going today.
While we waited to board the bus, we enjoyed the harpist playing out front of the Old Cathedral, now a museum.
The music definately spoke to Gracie.. as you will see in this video!
After the tour, I left the two ladies to meander on their own, with written directions for the return taxi. They arrived back at the house, safe and sound, tired; but with big smiles and talking of when they would return to visit again!