01.17.2015 - 01.17.2015 60 °F
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Decided to head out towards Zuleta, a region mostly inhabited by indigenous. Ibarra is at about 7,200 feet and Zuleta about 8,500. It’s about a one hour bus ride from Ibarra and has beautiful scenery.
This is quinoa, a grain that was considered food for the peasants until recently and now is sought out for its high nutritional value. Found along the Andes from Ecuador to Bolivia. We’ve had some excellent soups made with this along with ginger and lemon grass at the hosteria!!!!!
A roadside 'market' in the rurals.
We had made arrangements to meet up with a family we knew years ago. The brother is now an elder and his little girl is 16. Also has a 14 year old boy. Sadly, the daughter has bone cancer but the family is optimistic about current treatment. Talked for a while, ate a a Chifa (Chinese restaurant), then back to the house and watched “Cloudy with a change of meatballs 2” in Spanish. They invited us to stay and prepare the Watchtower so left about 10 p.m. A wonderful day!