The Nun and The Porn
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It seems as though we write about our bus rides often, but we spend so much time in transit and we're in such close quarters with people that we see ourselves forced to write about it. And as anyone who has spent some time in South America knows, South Americans love to travel on buses so buses are always pretty full. On this particular ride from Quito to Baños, there was a nun who sat diagonally from us. Nuns, for whatever reason, make Em really uncomfortable so she was aware and paranoid of her presence the entire time. About a half an hour into the ride, we were entertained by a man who played his CD on the speakers and rapped in the front bus. It was kind of humerous at first and we tried not to laugh, but he had a good social message so after a little while we were jiving with him. A mindless Hollywood movie called "Accepted" followed, and then they put in another movie. It seemed strange right away as we didn't recognize any of the companies in the opening credits. Then the title "Who´s Your Daddy?" appeared with a rather strange yet familiar "music". D starting saying to Em, "Is this a p-?", when he was interrupted on the screen by a naked woman riding a guy. The movie shut off within 3 seconds. We erupted in uproarious laughter as they apparently put on the wrong movie. Oh man, what does the nun think of all this?
Baños is a beautiful little town. It has a hippie feel but there are no hippies in the town. Imagine bohemian meets Catholicism and that is the aesthetic of the town. We walked around the town a little but were very tired so we didn't do anything at night but make dinner and enjoy our cable TV and go to sleep early.
The next morning we woke up early so that we could do a day hike. Baños has a lot of nice day hikes to offer and we chose one of them that led us to the top of a large hill that looked over all of Baños. It was a really cool hike but we got lost on the way down and had to eventually backtrack and take down the same way we went up. Well worth it though.
We were also impressed by the education in Baños. There were more schools here than we've seen in any town of its size and there were so many kids in the schools. They seemed to have a laid back approach to school as we mostly saw the kids playing soccer outside but at least they're at school and not trying to sell us gum or shine our shoes. Hooray for school (and soocer)! We had a very short visit in Baños and didn´t get a chance to go to the baths but we would definitely come back.