Cafè San Sebas was calling us so since we were out of breakfast food that was our first stop. We saw some scouts at the Park San Sebastián that were practicing some ritual but could never figure out what they were doing. The leaders were older kids and some members were perhaps as young as five. Boys and girls were participating together.
Cafè San Sebas is popular and an expat and local hangout. The food is a bit more expensive than an average place but not bad. Bill opted for bagel, cream cheese, fruit, and a side of bacon while I went somewhat more healthy with a large bowl of yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola with a side of bacon.
We wanted to explore the area as a place to live so set out with our full bellies. We didn’t see any for rent signs but the area is also on the list.
As we weren’t far from the Río Tomebamba where we were yesterday but a bit further up river we continued on. We came to a set of long stairs decorated with glass mosaics.
At the bottom was a store that looked interesting. The woman who owns it creates all the items using pre-Columbian designs, crop circles, etc. with a modern twist. For sale were embroidered capes and iPad covers, wall hangings, jewelry, food stuffs, etc. She even repurposes everyday items in some of her work. There is a small bar for a glass of wine or beer with samples of Italian cheeses, some with thin layers of chocolate! Black Friday all her artwork is 25% off so we plan to return then.
We both thought that area would be good to live in but later found out there are concerts there. Some people who live there leave during the heavy metal racket. Other areas have jazz so we need to ask about that when we look for rentals along the river.
From there we crossed the river to explore that neighborhood. We came upon a junk yard with…….an old Mini Cooper!!!
The next intriguing find was a store of old car parts. Business hasn’t been good since these are classic parts now so the owner makes plant holders and sculptures.
This place is full of parts which are organized and neat. I bet he knows where everything is.
Then it was back to the river to connect where we had started yesterday. I’m realized that one aspect I love so much about this area is the green luscious lawn grass!!! I have really missed that without being fully aware. Señora Daisy has a small patch by the road which I have been eying without knowing why. Everyone else just cuts whatever grass grows in their yard. Sigh.
We passed more interesting buildings and befriended a young feline. It was there with what I hope is family but did come say hello to us. It LOVED having me rub the top of its head and cheeks and didn’t want me to stop…..and I didn’t want to. I actually felt sad eventually leaving it behind. I hope it has a long and fulfilling life.
When we connected where we started yesterday we headed back to the park to figure out what we wanted to do. We ended up taking a tour on the open air double decker bus for five dollars each. It lasts one and three-quarter hours. The first fifteen minutes were spent going around the block in traffic! The guide shared the history in Spanish, but we were there more to get a different visual perspective. The route was similar to what we had been doing along with a stop well up the south side for a panoramic view of the city. Being an old city there are numerous telephone and electric cables overhead so the guide constantly warned people to sit down, which we were all doing. Yet during one of his long discourses those of us in the back suddenly whipped around at each other in disbelief. Any of us could have just been decapitated without warning. Scary! Good thing no one suddenly stood up or none of us were over six feet….
By the time we returned, all heads intact, it was time to use them to find a place to sup. Don Colón is ok, something different, right on the park, and easy to find a taxi to get home safely.