For us, making a big decision (for us) requires information, thought, and discussion. We’d been talking about buying a Panama hat for Joe for the last year (yes, the whole year) as we planned our trip to Ecuador. Now the time had come. We’d done our research online and visited several stores in Cuenca, looking at hats. We’d discussed logistics and how much we could (or should) spend.
So, here’s what we did. We walked back to Homero Ortega on a Saturday morning to find the perfect hats for Joe.
We decided that Joe would also buy a second hat of much better quality (and, of course, higher price). This hat is the one he had always wanted. It was beautiful and light – a true pleasure to wear. We had this one shipped back to the U.S. where our son, Joshua, will find a good place to store it. That hat will not go on long trips with us (where the danger of damage or loss is too great) but will be saved for future use walking about town back in the US.
So, you may wonder, what do Ecuadorians from Cuenca wear on their heads?
What a pleasure it is to know the art and craftsmanship that went into our handmade hats. We wear them every day. These will be the souvenirs of Ecuador that we’ll be enjoying and using for years to come.