We got up about 7:00 in spite of our long day the day before. We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant and had an omelet. We went to Sucre’s Mansion which was on our street just a block or two away. We took an hour tour. Sucre was an associate of Simon Bolivar, and Martin who worked to free Grand Columbia form the Spanish. Grand Columbia included Ecuador, Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, Peru. Sucre married a girl from Quito and was slated to become Ecuador’s first President. He was President of Columbia and was killed in the Colombian jungle. He had this mansion for his family, wife and 2 children. The house it a good representation of the houses of the colonial period. In the center was the open courtyard. Surrounding it you could see rooms going off the courtyard, doors opening to the covered walkway that lined the perimeter of the courtyard. It was two stories. It was designed much like our hotel. I used to watch South American movies with houses like this and always loved that style. We had an adorable young man as our tour guide. He was so cute, he asked us things like, “Did you ever wonder why Sucre wanted to be President of Ecuador?” (Well not really.) But we answered, “Yes,why?” At one point we went onto a balcony that overlooked the street. Later that day we were back on that street when he was on that balcony with another tourist and he waved enthusiastically, obviously remembering us and asked us how we were enjoying our day.
After the museum, we walked around Old Town some more until lunch time when we went in search of an almerzo. We found one and stopped in. I ate chicken foot soup and fish, rice, and salad $2.25.
After lunch, we went to see the volleyball game, Venezuela vs Columbia. Venezuela won in 3 games. After the game Leo and Vicente talked for about 1/2 hour and he walked with us to his residence on the campus and then we walked back to the gate to get our passports and flag a bus to the Ofelia Station where we get another bus for Old Town and Chile Street.
This time, I had to climb Chili Street, which is I mentioned before was straight up. At my age, this is really a feat. We had to stop numerous times to rest along the climb. I found that I had to go fast for as long as I could and then stop, like the hare. Leo’s strategy was to climb slowly for as far as he could, like the turtle. That gave me more time to rest while he caught up. He stopped in a hardware store to buy a saw to cut our curtain rods when we got back home.
After fresheing up, we decided to take the advice of an Ecuadorian friend from Quito, Chino, who told us to eat at Lo Nuestro. It was well after dark, so we went to the front desk to have them call us a cab. A few minutes later our cab arrived. There was a lady cab driver and in her car was another lady in the front seat. Don’t know why she was there. We got to the restaurant and the cab driver said she would be back for us at 8:30. We were very pleased with the restaurant. It looked like a New York restaurant with the walls lined with black and white signed pictures of stars from the 30’s, 40’s etc. I ordered pork chops and Leo ordered Llapinganchos con carne y chorizo, which is meat with a potato pancake stuffed with cheese and two fried eggs on top.
We finished at 8:30 and went outside to find the lady cab driver waiting for us. She took us right to our door of the hotel, unlike the two previous cab drivers. We had another terrific day. Our room is below: