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Sara: Guayaquil

November 14, 2011

This past weekend me and a friend (Shelby) went to the largest city in Ecuador, Guayaquil.  It’s on the coast and it was HOT and super humid! We had a ton of fun and did a ton of different things; we happened to miss our flights, but got new ones so everything worked out pretty great in the end!

On Saturday we went to this giant market that was probably 4 football fields by 5 football fields, and yes we got lost quite a few times. We also spent some of the day walking along the boardwalk, called the Malecon and went to a random garden which was beautiful. We ate in a restaurant on the boardwalk where I had Churrasco which is beef covered in a red/yellow pepper and onion sauce topped off by a fried egg; definitely one of my favorite meals here! Then we found a free museum, which also happened to be air-conditioned, it was really cool to see all the old pirate relics!

Later that night we went out in some dresses we bought (which we tried on over our clothes in the middle of the market) and had dinner and decided to take a ride on a pirate ship that circled the harbor.  It was a lot of fun and after we headed back to our hotel because we walked almost a total of 20 miles this weekend!

On Sunday we went back to the market and walked around some more and took tons of pictures with statues and of buildings, Guayaquil really is an amazing city.  We stumbled upon this park in the center of the city which was crawling with iguanas (hence the name iguana park).  The iguanas were roaming free and there were a ton up in the trees too, we also saw quite a few snapping turtles at the park and a ton of pigeons too. We then flew back into Quito and then took the bus back to Otavalo, to our internships, which will start back up tomorrow. Only 4 more weeks left in Ecuador though, time is really flying by!

The Malecon The Garden Shelby and I, before the Pirate Ship Another Garden Me at Iguana Park Iguana Park

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