Friday............Cuenca to Ambato
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Had to get packed before going to school and didnâ€™t get there until just before 8:30, but had warned Rafael that I might be late. Some of the other students had been up until 3 am and were looking rather worse than me. I felt a little sorry for the teachers as obviously this would happen quite often, particularly with the â€śpartyâ€ť students. My Spanish was a little the worse for wear.
I got a taxi at 11:15, rushed back and got my suitcase from the house and then went to the bus terminal. I had to pay 10c to walk through to the bus, Loja again. I guess itâ€™s some sort of tax as I had to pay in Cuenca too.
There is a movie on the bus but itâ€™s in Spanish and doesnâ€™t look very interesting. Later there is music, fortunately not as loud as the other day, so I donâ€™t need the earplugs. I buy some potato chips and dried banana chips for USD1 in total.
I tell the conductor that I donâ€™t know Ambato and he says that he will tell me where to get off. I finally get off the bus but, as I had been warned, it is not at a terminal and I have to catch a taxi. Iâ€™m a little nervous as Iâ€™m standing on the side of a busy road with my suitcase and the taxis that I hail donâ€™t stop, even if there are no passengers in them. Eventually a taxi stops and we go to the hotel, only USD1.5. Itâ€™s cheaper than Cuenca for the same length journey. I had problems booking the hotel as I got no reply from the online reservation form and it was only this morning that I got confirmation, via another booking agency. Iâ€™m staying at the Hotel Ambato for two nights, so that I can visit Banos, a popular destination for tourists, tomorrow. Have a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Todayâ€™s trivia. I forgot to mention that when I went from Lima to Trujillo with Cruz del Sur, they videotaped everybodyâ€™s faces while we were sitting on the bus before we left. When I went from Trujillo to Chiclayo, Linea bus company did the same. From Chiclayo to Piura, Loja bus not only videotaped the passengers but I also had to give an index finger fingerprint before getting on the bus. Not sure why; perhaps it has to do with people smuggling precious relics out of the country.