05.05.2010 30 °C
So now we're just outside of Canoa, which is one of the less touristy beach towns in Ecuador. That means there are many beach front restaurants to choose from, but we'll likely be the only tourists in them when eating. And that you can get internet access, but you better hope there's a computer open in the internet cafe on the corner of Muddy St. and Muddier Ave. Not to mention, heading to the closest city for groceries is a must! We hadn't really made set plans about how to spend the rest of our trip, but we are certainly set now. We're renting a room on the beach (with a balcony and hammock) for $12 a night – Not going to give that up! The place we're staying at also offers Spanish lessons, so we signed up for 4 hours a day – which wont interfere to much with laying on hammocks, surfing and getting sun. Our Spanish teacher is an old man named Jaime and he is awesome! Sometimes he plays hearts with us at night and he insists we call him 007 (Sounds even better when he says zero zero siete!). Which makes sense, because he usually wins, occasionally shooting the moon. We keep trying to get him to have a beer or glass of wine with us, but he always responds with, “Cuando tomo vino, halbo palabras malas.” But Jaime, we want to learn those words, too! We study with him in the morning from 9-11 and in the afternoon from 3-5. In between, we go grocery shopping in town, lay on the hammocks on the beach, surf, swim, walk on the beach or play cards with some of the other people staying here. There are two couples that will be here most of the time we are here. One couple, Jess and Chris, are from Canada and Australia respectively, and met on this trip. The fell in love and decided to extend their trip and travel together. Next they are heading to Canada for a couple weeks, before flying to Florida to try and get jobs on a private yaught sailing the world! The other couple, Niall and Anna are from Great Brittan and are spending the year traveling the world. They're getting towards the end of the trip, wrapping it up with three months in South America.
Days are starting to run into one another, which neither of us can complain about at all. This truly feels like a vacation and we're very much enjoying it!