Shopping and ice cream in Ibarra & Dinner party in Cotacachi
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July 10th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
It was about 11:30am when we arrived to Ibarra. I didn't know anything about this town, besides the fact it was bigger and you can do some shopping there. While we were in our way, Shawn told me Ibarra is famous because of its wooden work, how nice! So when we were arriving to the city, we stopped to visit some workshops and I got some souvenirs, hehehe. These were the first things I was actually shopping, hahaha. I was missing my favorite sport :P
Then we went to the mall. I took my shopping list with me and we were ready to go. First stop: the blender! OMG! I have never seen a cashier taking so long to issue a ticket. Pfff. So much waste of paper and time. I was getting inpatient, but Shawn told me this is the way they use to do it, oh! Next stop was the supermarket.
We were ready and it was lunch time. Should we eat at the food court? No way! Let's go downtown and get local food, yay! Is Ibarra known because something in special? We parked at the main square and started to walk. There were many small restaurants, but they were closed. So good, since the most of them served fritada - fried pork with skin - ugh and I'm not a big meat lover, specially with fat... I guess, I'm gonna have some problems with food in highlands... Nevermind, then I noticed many shops offering bottles with some red liquid.
It was a local syrup, called arrope.
"Helados de Paila" If Ibarra was famous for something was due to the helados de paila. These are ice cream made in cupper pots. They don't use milk in it, just ice. We didn't know it but we arrived to the most traditional spot for these ice creams, yay! Then I found out that they were the best and most recommended, hahaha. We went inside and saw the guys preparing the ice cream. The staff was really friendly and we sat down. I ordered a fruit salad and Shawn got empanadas.
There was a group of people eating and since it was a bit late for lunch the cafeteria wasn't crowded, but I saw people coming just for ice cream, sweet! Empanadas were tasty and my healthy fruit salad came with ice cream, hahaha. This ice cream was really tasty and fresh, yummy!!! You could really taste the fruit.
I was full, but when Shawn mentioned the possibility of sharing ice cream as dessert I couldn't say no, hahaha. Now the hardest part to pick up the flavors. I asked the administrator for advice and we finally got the traditional flavors of the area: guanabana & blueberry. Yummy!!! Now we were really full, so we started to go back to the car. Before leaving we had 2 other stops to make:
a) Market, we were missing some veggies and fruits.
b) Supermarket: we were getting ice. Shawn told me they don't sell ice in Cotacachi, lol.
Now, back home
We drove back to Cotacachi and arrived around 4:30pm. Shawn asked me what I'd like to do and my answer was: "Laundry!" hahaha. Shawn helped me and while my clothes were in the washer I went downstairs and start to prepare some syrup. The one I brought from Lima wouldn't be enough.
Bzzz, time to put my clothes into the dryer. While it was getting dry, I logged in and the addicted took control of me, hehehe. I found some messages, emails, smiles, OMG! hahaha, Shawn took Dirk for a walk and he came back saying that he just got a txt from Lisa. The guys were in their way to Otavalo and were almost there. We should leave soon. "Ok, just 5 more minutes!" My clothes were ready, but the addiction could more and I told Shawn to go for the guys while I'd finish some stuff there. He didn't like the idea that much, but left with Dirk.
I was thinking it wouldn't take him much to come back with the guys, but it took a long time! My head was still funny so I decided to took a nap and I woke up just on time before they arrived.
The guys brought me a present: a bottle of Peruvian Pisco, yay! Now we had more than enough pisco for our pisco night, hehe. While William was cooking, I started to prepare the traditional pisco sours. As good cooks, we should have a drink in our hands ;) Shawn was squeizing grapefruits to make a pisco cocktail with them too. Mmm, that wasn't a very successful idea, mmm
Dinner was ready. It was a vegetarian dinner. So good! Everything was yummy!!!! Shawn is not a big fan of vegetarian cuisine, but loved the meal. Even Dirk liked the veggies, hahaha.
I was enjoying the evening, but still feeling a bit sick, pffff.
Ok, now time for dessert. We didn't think about that, but... we'd have a sweet pisco cocktail, hahaha. Pisco is always the answer, hahaha. I was trying hard to feel better, but my body wasn't cooperating, so better go to bed and try to rest, so tomorrow I'd be fine for our Otavalo adventure. I said "good bye" and went to bed, after put some drops in my puffy eye, actually Shawn did it ;)
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