[a cup of hot chocolate]

this is what i love about ecuador: when you go out for a cup of hot chocolate, its never just for a cup of hot chocolate.

 no, first we have to stop and say hi to our friends who teach the dance class in plaza veinticuatro de mayo (yes, the one that we got pulled up in front of to lead last week).

then we poke our heads into an alleyway and end up listening to a small concert by this incredible piano player named huberto santa cruz and his students in a tiny room full of very old pianos. 

nuevos amigos

and then finally, the best hot chocolate in the world.