It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Ecuador for almost a month now! So what have we been doing in Cuenca? Whatever we feel like! The best part of fun-employment is only doing things that you want to, which honestly, has been a lot of relaxing so far.
We’ve been taking Spanish classes in the mornings for the last 3 weeks. Here’s a shot of Brandon with his teacher Rafael and one of me with my teacher Belen.
I’m really glad that we decided to take Spanish classes, although it’s a little weird having homework again! Both Brandon and I improved a lot over the last few weeks and it’s been great learning more about the history and culture of Ecuador. And it’s also been great for restaurant recommendations!
Most days I either workout before or after class. I’ve either been doing body weight excercises or yoga in the apartment or running/walking in Parque de la Madre. The park is so nice! There are always a few people working out there running on the track or using some of the stationary equipment.
Besides Parque de la Madre, Cuenca has a ton of other parks that museums that we’ve checked out. There is also a great bike path next to one of the rivers that runs through town that we walk on most days.
We (and by we, I mean mostly Brandon 🙂 ) have also spent a lot of time over the last month watching the World Cup. This is really the first time I’ve ever watched much soccer and while I am enjoying it, I like it a lot more now that there is only 1 game every few days instead of 3 games everyday! There have been a few rainy afternoons here that have been perfect for watching soccer or Netflix. I *might* have already blazed through season 1 of Nashville and be well underway with the first season of Homeland…
All of our free time has been great for catching up on reading and wish lists. Brandon is working on project that he’s wanted to do for a while and I decided to learn some basic coding and am working my way through some Codecademy tutorials. I also volunteered at a local nursing home a few afternoons. We’ve also been spending a bit of time doing research for our next adventure since we leave Cuenca in a week! We still have a few more things we want to do while we are in Cuenca and are planning on getting them crossed off the bucket list next week when my sister Jennifer visits us. Towards the top of the list is heading back to a little Belgium brewery that we found. Have a great weekend everyone!