We've also discovered that Guayaquilanos (I can't settle on a proper name, so I'll probably try several variations) are family oriented, tend to wander down streets as one wide group (not clusters, but like the money shot in the movie "A Chorus Line"). They love fast food: empanadas, KFC, and almost anything grab and go. There seems to be very little fine dining (at least where we're staying), not that there isn't good food, because there is. Almost every soup we've had in Ecuador has been over the top delicious. We've figured out that half the problem is that Guayaquil is HUGE. There isn't a lot of high rises, so most of the 2.4 million people live over an endlessly sprawling man made jungle. You can ride in a cab for 20 minutes and just get yourself to another part of the city. (Assuming traffic is good.) We're planning a field trip tomorrow to find a new culinary landscape.
They also love their football (European, not American). When Ecuador won a game over Uruguay, this is what ensued (the noise was ear shattering):
The restaurants that are here also have a very...interesting...taste in music. If you like muzak U2, mixed with ABBA, throw a couple of random 80's hits, by their original artists and you have restaurant music. Quite fascinating. Apparently, signaling when you're driving is completely optional and turning from the outside lane into the near lane is also perfectly okay. It's not unusual to have 10 people in one cab...a car, not a minivan. This means that seat belts are also just a suggestion. All this being said, we've yet to see a bloody smash ups or left over police tape from some grisly pedestrian accident. I think this calls for more photos...nothing icky:
|Midway up over 400 stairs...in 32 degree weather|
|First course of our $2.50 lunch|
|New condo going up on the river front|
|The Barrio of Santa Ana|