I am now in Cuenca, Ecuador staying at the Villa Nova Inn. It is reasonably priced and right next to the Tomebamba River.
Earlier this morning a procession of angels, a few shephards and others passed under my window. The Christmas songs they sang had a definite tropical beat. See Examiner photos.
Two doors down from the Villa Nova is Sakura, a wonderful japanese sushi restaurant–with many other great treats on their extensive menu, including the best miso soup I’ve had in a long time and a decadent homemade brownie with vanilla ice cream (yum!) both that I just finished eating–all for slightly over $5 US (Ecuador uses the U.S. Dollar).
More to come–stay tuned.