There’s no place like home. I decided to start my series of mini-blog posts about favorite spots in Cuenca in the place where I spend the most time – especially now that I’m preparing lectures and lab assignments.
A number of people have asked what my living conditions are like. Well, as you can see, I’m pretty comfortable. From my room, I have a great view of fruit trees and chickens in people’s backyards, and in the distance, I can watch the sun rise over the mountains dotted with cell-phone towers (that is, on the rare occasion that it’s not too cloudy in the morning).
I’m a 25 minute walk from the center of town, 25 minutes in the other direction to a big, modern shopping mall, and a 5 minute walk from a heavily-used river trail.
In the evenings, when I’m tired, and still trying to get some work done, Charito brings me tea and crackers, or a pastry. Life is good! And, I should mention, because many have asked, the tap water in Cuenca is fine to drink. I’ve been here 5 weeks and no problems. Apparently the water comes directly from the mountains. It’s agua puro. This means that I have no qualms about eating fruit, ordering salads, or any of the 100 different flavors of freshly pressed juices available everywhere. However, I have been told to drink only bottled water if I leave the city.