hello dear ones! i am finally back in Quito after a week long trek around this incredible country. whirlwind feels like the only word appropriate to describe it...from stops in the little towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi, to the beach community of Bahia, to Hacienda San Augustine de Callo at the foot of the Cotapaxi volcano...all kinds of craziness in the best ways possible.
the first two nights we spent at this lovely little bed & breakfast owned by friends of our director at Casa Victoria...they were BEYOND hospitable and let us the ride horses, milk the cows, explore the chicken coops...amongst other things. their little family ran the whole place and i think it suffices to say that their love was contagious. truly wonderful people.
during one of our days there, we day-tripped to the teensy little village of 235...named because it is at the 235th km of train track from Quito. there were probably no more than 100 people in the whole place, and we spent the day playing with the kids, chatting with the people, and soaking up the joys of this wonderful little corner of the earth. more on this soon over at the 58 Post.
THEN we headed to the coast - Bahia! it was equal parts wonderful and terrible. wonderful because it was the beach, terrible because we didn't have water where we were staying. so hilarious on so many levels. but i loved swimming in the Pacific again...missed it.
finally we headed to Hacienda San Augustine de Callo. guys, this place was amazing. everything was OLD and BEAUTIFUL. and it was at the foot of a volcano...casual. parts of it were left from the Incas, there were walls that were 500 years old! i go crazy over this kind of stuff. not to mention the amazing food that was so fresh and gosh, i don't even know - you just have to visit there yourself someday.
back home in Quito now, video coming soon!
|cows at san isidro|
|also, i stopped drinking coffee and have converted to hot chocolate because its SO GOOD here.|