After 7 1/2 hrs finally in Guayaquil, let's enjoy it!
Guayaquil Travel Blog› entry 51 of 56 › view all entries
July 19th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
It wasn't easy for the taxi driver to find the hostel, pfff. But finally he did. We checked in, took a quick shower and were ready to... get lunch! hahaha. When we were driving to the hostel, I saw something so interesting: a Peruvian Restaurant! Let's go there. I was so excited about getting the real cebiche again, yay! We were ready to order our food, but the waitress warned us that this might take long, since they were busy with a large table. Nevermind. Oh no! They run out of fish and Peruvian beer!!! At least we got anticuchos - beef heart - and yuquitas. And they were delicious. What should we do now?
I have heard Guayaquil is a city you better skip, so my goal was to prove that wasn't true. We took a cab to downtown and I had a list of places I'd like to see.
Following the busy 9 de Octubre avenue, which was crowded with people and lots of stores, we arrived to another square: San Francisco. It was small, but had a nice church. Ok, things were changing... While we were walking to this square Shawn saw 2 nice towers, they might belong to a church, so that was our next stop.
This was the Cathedral! And was beautiful and the square in front of it was the Bolivar park aka Iguana's park. There were huge iguanas just walking around and people can touch them. How cool!!! Also there were musicians and dancers at the square. It was Sunday, so most of the families were enjoying the day just hanging out at the squares. While we were there I saw the first wild pig statue. Why a wild pig? I saw several of them in different places here in Guayaquil. Anyway I was thinking about looking for one of the places recommended in the area, but couldn't find it! Many restaurants were closed on Sundays, silly since most of the people eat out on Sundays...
One of the highlights things to see in Guayaquil is the Malecon. Usually a Malecon is along the sea, but here it's along the Guayas river.
We stopped at a bar to have our first drink in Guayaquil. The place looked a bit like a TGI Friday's haha, similar table cloths, hehe. We ordered a cherry and lime daiquiri and the waiter also brought some pop corn, but no aji. So Shawn asked for it. I guess, this wasn't popular here, since the waiter looked at him as if he was crazy. I guess people don't do it in the coast. Anyway, I tried to do it and almost died! That was too spicy and I was crying, hahaha. We were still at the bar for the sunset.
Mmm, we were lazy to find out our way back to the hostel by bus, so we took a cab. This time I was able to gave the driver some directions: "Kennedy clinic". By the time we were there, it was around 8:30pm and we were hungry - again, hahaha. I just grabbed a shirt with sleeves and we were ready to leave. I saw many restaurants in our neighborhood, so we'd try any of them. Actually the one I was thinking about was a Shawarma place, hehe.
In our way we saw something that got our attention: crab cebiche. Mmm, that might be tasty. The main dish at this place was the whole crab, but we wanted to try the cebiche. During the whole trip I haven't ever said I didn't like a dish and didn't want to do it this time, but that brown soup was too much.
After this not so good experience, we kept on walking and arrived to the Shawarma place I'd seen earlier, hehe. This was located in a corner and was a small one. Ali's Shawarma was run by Ali and his wife, hehe. We ordered our shawarmas, very tasty and wanted a kippe, but they were run out of them. Oh no! I wasn't having much luck with my food today... we were about leaving when I saw at the menu: "Arabic dessert" That should be a baklava. So I asked for one of them to the lady. She told Ali that I wanted dessert, next he came with it. I said: "the baklava is for me.
We were full and started walking back to the hostel, but then Shawn stopped. What was going on? We saw a long line in front of a small place, which didn't even have seats. They were selling tacos. And the place was really popular. We went closer to take a look and the taco looked good. I was too full, but Shawn got one, hahaha. It was very tasty, I had a bite, hehe. Just for gastronomic purposes.
Ok, now we were in our way back to the hostel, full and happy. Don't need to say we slept like babies, zzz
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