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I’m gluten intolerant and so are my daughters. And honestly, traveling can be a bit of a pain with this difficulty. Fortunately, a lot of packages will list what common allergens they contain. But still… it would be easier if I could eat anything! 

It felt like heaven when we went to a place called, Muu Yogurt (a total hole in the wall, but apparently very popular as all the tables were filled), and bought yuca bread and yogurt. The yuca bread is so delicious. My friend, Brooke, made it for us in Texas right before we came to Ecuador. It’s $0.20 for one piece. And, it’s something I can make when I get home. I found a recipe! Yuca bread is made from tapioca flour, cheese, eggs and milk.

We live close to the Museo Pumapungo. We only had a short amount of time to walk through some parts of the museum. It has art as well as exhibits displaying the lives of indigenous people. The museum also has Incan Ruins. We need to go back to enjoy the whole museum, but in the meantime here are some photos!

Our apartment overlooks the Rio Tomebamba. It’s beautiful to walk along the river. What is it about bodies of water that is so peaceful? 

Like just about every child in the world, my daughters love to throw rocks into water. We happily did that one afternoon. One thing I love about being here for an extended period of time instead of a 2 week vacation, is that we have time to sit on the side of the river and throw rocks. We aren’t stressed to pack everything into a small amount of time. It’s really great!

Our last Saturday in Quito…

Funny how I was so overwhelmed and crying when we arrived, but leaving was SO hard. We loved the people we met. We hope to make similar connections here in Cuenca.

Our last Saturday, we went to a park with our friends. It was wonderful and chill. Then we went and ate comida rapido (fast food), which may have made Conor sick… It was that or tap water. 

Our last Saturday in Quito, we went to our friend’s for lunch and it was AMAZING! The lunch was soup with fish, yuca and fresh tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Just like the ceviche at the church, the soup was topped with popcorn and plantain chips. It was so good. I did not want to stop eating! We were also served naranjilla juice and a fruit that only grows in Ecuador and is only available for one month of the year. It’s called Sapote and it’s very different from any other fruit I’ve ever eaten.

Holly and Greta got to have a soap fight and a water fight with their friend, followed by a warm shower.

We were so incredibly blessed by the hospitality of this family! They had actually invited us for lunch the Saturday previous and we feel so bad that we didn’t fully understand!

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