Thursday..........Panama hats and cannelloni in Cuenca
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School 8 until 12. During my lesson Rafael takes me to the Panama hat factory, which is very interesting. Did you know that Panama hats are made in Cuenca? They became known as Panama hats because they were exported to Panama, where men working on the construction of the Panama Canal used to wear them. I buy a tshirt for USD15.
At 12 I rush home to put the cannelloni in the oven and make the salad. I find that Elsa has invited Estella and another friend, Cecilia, for lunch, so there are 7 of us. I think I should be flattered. The cannelloni and salad are a great success and there is note taking of ingredients.
There are free salsa lessons at the school from 6 until 7, but my knee isn’t up to it. Around 6:30 I go to watch the lesson and then at 7 o’clock four of us go to a restaurant, Guajibamba, said to have the most typical Ecuadorian food in Cuenca, about 3 blocks from the school.
After that, Georgina from Canada, Ellen from the USA and I go to a salsa bar where we meet up with other students. It’s fascinating to watch the dancers. I get up at one stage with the others, but it’s a dumb idea as my knee isn’t happy. Anyway we had a great time. Around 1 am we went to another bar, but they wanted a cover charge again and I was happy when Georgina and Ellen lost interest, so the three of us went to our respective homes. I had to wake Elsa up as I had no key, but she wasn’t at all fussed. You have to push a button next to the front door and then when someone answers, obviously you say who you are and the gate is opened. Straight inside the front gate is a garage for the car, with the house above and behind the garage. My room is on the third floor.