Hola from Ecuador! I would definitely classify our Day 1 as a true success. To be sure, there has been a good deal of travel exhaustion that required a late morning start and mid-day nap for mommy, a quick jump into foods with familiar names and very unfamiliar tastes, and there is a real learning curve in our future on how to live in a hotel – out of suitcases-in one room- and not go crazy with the mess and space and organization issues. (Although, Bo really did an amazing job of fitting a TON of stuff into a decidedly NOT TON of space.) All of that for another post however, this is about today as our official Day 1, and as far as Day 1′s go, today was….
Luke, having slept the most on all the plane rides, was up first and eager to check out the new view…
Missing the church completely and single-mindedly riveted on the trees below that make up Iguana Park, we knew where to begin. Iguana Park is right across from our hotel and was an instant favorite with the boys. It was an amazing amount of iguanas in a beautiful green park, and while we walked along the rain-puddled cobblestones with the boys racing and laughing and chasing I serenely thought, “This is such a good start!” Then I heard a loud splash, like that of taking a several gallon bucket and tossing it on to a car for washing, and, turning to locate the sound, I saw a huge stream of water falling from the back end of an iguana high in the trees above our heads. That’s about when I realized that we weren’t walking along “rain-puddled cobblestones” and laughing hysterically thought, “No, this is a great start!” It was such a hit with the boys, we actually stopped back by there a couple different times throughout the day. Here are some favorite shots those visits:
After having more fun than makes sense at Iguana Park, we headed down to the Malecon 2000, a gorgeous and expansive boardwalk just 3 blocks from our hotel. We’ll be taking another trip down there tomorrow as there was just more to see than could be done in an afternoon. Being very attuned to our Rocky Mountain temperatures, we quickly melted in the humidity of Guayaquil and so the first stop on the Malecon was for helado:
then found several playgrounds…
And my personal favorite… zipping our children up inside large plastic balls and rolling them out onto the water!
We then had a serious talk about how to cross the street. Crested Butte children are brilliant at a lot of things. This is not one of them.
But probably the best lesson from our Day 1 is this: the world is an unbelievably friendly place when you are traveling with two darling boys wearing capes…
So there you have it! And now I have to include a picture of me as that is how my mother knows I’m okay.
Our DAY 1 is under our belts and already our Day 2 beckons with promises of more iguanas, surprise play stops, and even a possible pirate ship. See you all soon!