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February 4

Travel to Playas

So we caught the bus in Cuenca, which took us over the mountains to Guayaquil, which has to be on the flattest land in Ecuador, and speaking as someone from Saskatchewan - that is very flat!! In Guayaquil we managed to find the right bus company and buy our tickets for Playas. We did have a wait in line for the next bus and although very hot and humid, it was OK. We had been warned about bus travel, particularly to Guayaquil, but we had no problems at all. Made it to Playas and called our host, Roger, who came and picked us up. So now we are settled into our new accommodations at Playagringo. Roger gave us a map and talked to us about restaurants and shopping, etc. Here is the patio outside our room -
One of the features?? about bus travel in Ecuador, both in the city and country, is licensed?? beggars getting on the bus and making their spiel and collecting what they can and then getting off. There are also vendors getting on and trying to sell food as well, but they are easy to ignore. Today we had a deaf mute (I think) who got on and handed out a little leaflet with sign language on it and a message about his disability (in Spanish, of course). It reminded me of the other day in Cuenca when we were riding home from downtown and a beggar got on and went into his spiel (which we couldn't understand at all) until he lifted his shirt and displayed his colostomy bag! Well...as I said to Don, I've never had anyone but my mother show me their colostomy and I certainly didn't expect it on a public bus! There is very little time to be bored on the bus, people constantly getting on and off, countryside changing very dramatically, It could be very enjoyable it the bus seats were sized for North Americans, rather than South Americans. Face it, we're generally a lot larger than they are. I could show you some of the scenic country we traveled thru, but I know if you weren't there you probably wouldn't appreciate it. So here is a photo I took from the bus as we were entering Guayaquil - how to give your bananas a comfortable trip!

Posted by katdill 17:45 Archived in Ecuador

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