This weekend was pretty much exactly what I needed. I ate great food with friends, read in a hammock for hours, slept in, drank wine, and shopped. I am 90% sure that is the modern Hierarchy of Needs for sure. I took a fair amount of pictures, but I´ll put those up later.
We got there about 6ish Friday, and hung out while dinner was being prepared. We then had a delicious dinner, and all bummed around until we passed out. Saturday morning was a little slack, but once we all ate and got caffeinated, we headed off to the market. Our unofficial group leader told us the walk wasn´t very far, "maybe 30 minutes". The Guapulo crew decided that, since we already hike up a hill daily, a mere 30 minutes was nothing. Jokes on us though.. it was pretty intense. It ended up being closer to an hour, and about half of it was at a pretty steep incline. Honestly, it wasn´t the worst walk ever, but it was a little more intense than usual. The view was absolutely breathtaking though. We were winding through little roads that butted up to farms, gardens, and a gorgeous church. And, once we made it into town, we were passed by some kind of religious procession. It was pretty cool to watch. After we got into town we had coffee, like a good American group, and then set out to shop. When you see all my awesome goods, you will be so jealous. I got a massive alpaca blanket with a majestic alpaca on it. I also bought a hat, a cool mask, a necklace, and a gorgeous camera strap made out of Ecuadorean textiles. (Dad shoutout-- let me know if you would use one, and I will send one your way.) After we survived dirt roads and sun, we headed back. I then spent the rest of the day napping in the hammock while I held a book. The intention was there, but the napping took over.
The next day we headed back home. We took a detour to go to a crater lake that was GORGEOUS. Man. It looked just like a scene from Jurassic Park. And, since I am an official Dinosaur Supervisor, I kept everyone from being eaten by raptors. And by "keeping people safe" I really mean I just took surprise pictures of everyone taking pictures of other people. All in all, it was a success.
Until we got back on the bus.
Originally, the ride was supposed to be 2 hours. However, thanks to traffic, it was closer to 6 hours. Nothing says "let´s get to know each other" like being trapped in a small space with 24 people and their dead cell phones. It was nice though. I enjoyed just kinda chatting about basic crap with people. I also learned, through a game of 20 questions, that no one knows what a damn embroidery hoop is. I told them all they were uncultured, but the irony of me being from Mississippi was not lost on them.
Another weekend, another success. Go team!