|Drew and our teacher Angelica in our private classroom. We worked on verbs this day.|
|All the students at Aiola Spanish School this week during our daily break. Drew and I are probably the second and third oldest students.
|Our big activity of the day was to go tour the Basilica. It's late and I am typing this with Drew snoozing beside me, so I can't give all the facts now, but this church is not as old as some. It is, however, the largest in South America.|
|By largest, I mean huge! The stone is not nearly as elaborate as the other churches we have seen, but the height and architecture are awesome, as in awe inspiring.|
|Look at the size of these doors!|
|$2 got us inside, which was impressive to say the least, but another $2 got us up in the towers. We first went to the south turret tower. To get there you had to walk across this sketchy plank walkway that traversed OVER the stone ceiling of the church.
|But the views of the city and the 150 m twin clock towers were spectacular!|
|We also went over to the twin tower side and I climbed up one of the towers. This is looking back at the turret where I had just been. If you look closely, you can see people in ,the turret.|
|We also went over to the twin tower side and I climbed up one of the towers. We were actually inside looking out from behind the clock face.|
|This is looking back at the turret where I had just been. If you look closely, you can see people in ,the turret. The view from the clock tower was even more spectacular than from the turret, I think. I was something like 350 feet up in the air in a stone building in an area prone to earthquakes.|
|A very cool feature of this church is that the "gargoyles" are in the form of Ecuadorean animals. This one is the frigate bird.
Enough pictures of the basilica. I will say, it was the most impressive structure I have ever been in.
We headed back to our hostel it try to open the bottle of wine we bought without a cork screw. We have up and went to a great restaurant just steps from our hostel.
|Microbrews on tap!|
|The restaurant is run by an expat from New Orleans. He has his two sons working the 5 tables, one of which couldn't have been more than 7. The PoBoy sandwiches were great and we sat next to a man from Portland who had worked with Drew's uncle!|