03/04/2008 - 03/04/2008
Okay - I will admit that Spanish is much easier than I thought it would be. But you must... speak.......very.........slowly. The blank stare I display when a local has spoken to me is slowly being replaced with basic understanding. More of the bits and pieces understanding, but it is slowly sinking in.
After 4 hours of having my brain filled with Espanol, we headed into Old Town to check out the more historic buildings and local scenery. A quick side trip into the Museo del Banco Central, which houses the country´s largest collection of Ecuadorian art from pre-Hispanic to contemporary art. Then we headed into the heart of Old Town.
Old Town has some of the narrowest streets! I don´t think that many of them are two-way, there´s barely room for a bus to get down these them. The old buildings are lovely but it is funny to see a KFC or ¨Texas Chicken¨housed in these old colonial buildings.