Rain or climb?

Did we already say that Cuenca is at 8,350’? After a few weeks here, we felt nearly acclimatized, but we knew we weren’t quite there yet. How could we tell?

Every day the online weather forecast showed rain clouds for that day and for all the days that followed. We’re now used to having some rain every day for a brief time, but it’s wildly unpredictable as to when. So, as we set off on our usual stroll along the Tomebamba River, we looked up occasionally monitoring the darkening clouds. Soon? Maybe in a half hour…

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We’d get easily distracted by any number of things – and one of them is art.

We walked for some time with more frequent glances up to the sky. Finally, we knew it was time to head back to our AirBnB.

We crossed the bridge and looked ahead. 75 steps up (but who’s counting?).

We crossed the bridge and looked ahead. 75 steps up (but who’s counting?).

THIS was the moment when we could tell that we were at 8,350’ elevation. We were out of breath and need to stop after a dozen steps to rest.

How thoughtful to have artwork on the walls for us to admire (as we made our slow ascent). We took the opportunity to pause often and admire the work.

How thoughtful to have artwork on the walls for us to admire (as we made our slow ascent). We took the opportunity to pause often and admire the work.

The art was complex, and, since it was on both sides, we know we missed a lot.   We’ll have to go back again to see the rest. Maybe we’ll go down the stairs next.

The art was complex, and, since it was on both sides, we know we missed a lot.   We’ll have to go back again to see the rest. Maybe we’ll go down the stairs next.

A little boy had been watching us from the top. We imagine that he knew we were foreigners as we had ascended so slowly.

A little boy had been watching us from the top. We imagine that he knew we were foreigners as we had ascended so slowly.

We didn’t have far to go once we reached the street and the rain had held off.

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That left just enough time to duck into the corner ice cream shop. $1 for a vanilla cone with sprinkles.

We sat in our AirBnB and watched the rain as Beth finished her ice cream cone.

 

May 2016

 

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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10 Responses to Rain or climb?

  1. majche says:

    Love the rabbit!

  2. plaidcamper says:

    I’d have to stop and admire the artwork too – frequently!

  3. Just looked at the airBNB photos – no wonder you wanted more time there. Charming place.

  4. That’s a full day of stair master, I believe.

  5. Cliff Mail says:

    Nice airbnb & that art look amazing. Another week and you will be running up and down those step;-|

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