Well, by now you are beginning to wonder if I forgot how to post or if my internet is down or my iPad broken – nope – just lazy. New Year celebrations were definately a high-lite and then it was the beach, pool, beer and reading in no particular order but each day covered all.
We did check out a small museum in Santa Elena called “Los Amentes de Sumpa” which means lovers of the Sumpa so called because one of the main exhibits is of two skeletons buried together and later excavated with their arms wrapped around each other. The museum was definitely worth going to and provided a good history of the area and the different eras and cultural traditions at the Santa Elena Peninsula up to 10,000 years ago.
After the museum we made a stop at the Libertad Cemetary which is the general cemetary for the region and it was interesting but not a lot of history as the oldest grave was in the early 1900’s.
Also a couple of trips to the Santa Rosa fish market which is amazing. Santa Rosa is only a short bus ride away from Salinas ( 5 – 6 km) and is a large working fish town. There used to be 1200 fishing boats in the town but it is down to around 400 as the fishing has apparently slowed down. Organized, disorganized chaos is the name of the game here with fishermen coming in with boats full of fish, trucks loading fish, people buying and selling fish and the noise coming from the fishermen, the birds, the vehicles is crazy. Shrimp, squid, minnows and 2 metre long fish is all for sale and being cleaned, sold, dried and salted. Of course, unless you are blessed with nasal congestion the smell takes some getting used to.
I did manage to pick up one kilo of shrimp and after some strong Spanish negotiating skills (OK so I had to use my fingers to ask how much) I was able to buy them for $7.
So tomorrow, I jump on a bus and head to Guayaquil to meet up with Sherry who will be here for my last month here in Ecuador. I am looking forward to her visit and over the next month will be doing quite a bit more travelling here in Ecuador.