02.06.2013 - 02.06.2013
After the rain, the sunshine feels strange. You walk about in a daze, uncertain of what you're seeing and squinting from the brightness. Everywhere the signs of rain remain, but already you see the ground beginning to dry.
Today we saw a bit of Latacunga, what little there was of it for tourists like us. Pulling ourselves up to the sad, empty mirador, we were surprised to find ourselves out of breath since we had just returned from hiking uphill for 10 km a day at much higher altitude. At the top a large statue of the Virgin Mary presided over an empty lot. The view was not spectacular. We took a picture anyway. Later we went to visit a free museum, which was just two adjoining rooms in an unassuming building, filled with religious paintings of doubtful artistic value and antiques from the mid twentieth century. We mused over some painted leather chairs. An old man followed us around and tried to explain what we were seeing. In my embarrassing Spanish I asked him questions I didn't much care to know the answer to. Somehow we made out.
We've stayed a long time in Latacunga--much longer than we expected--but tomorrow we leave for Cuenca.