I'm here. This is my second day and so far I feel I've made the right choice for me. Of course two days isn't much of a sampling but so far, so good.
The woman whose apartment I'm subletting, Sheila, is fabulous. She's been showing me the most important places to know about and that's been a huge help. She's taken me to the two restaurants where the gringos tend to gather and tomorrow we may try one of the less costly, more local-oriented. I'm looking forward to that. Today I had a burger, fries, a side of guacamole, and a Coke for $5.75. While that's not a huge price, it's pretty American and more than other places.
My legs are pretty wobbly and that's apparently from getting used to the altitude. Today we walked about a mile and I'm absolutely beat to a frazzle. It's better than yesterday, though, so I'm hoping it will get better each day. Yesterday I came here from Quito--I think I got here about 12:30 or so. Sheila and I went out almost immediately and we got back to my hotel around 3:30. I laid down for a little rest and woke up 3 hours later. I ate the meatloaf sandwich I had ordered to go from the place we had lunch and was back in bed around 9:30. The next thing I heard was a rooster at 3:00--I rolled over and slept until 8:00--I didn't even hear the church bells.
My daughter was right--Sheila's seen a place that carries juicers. We'll go there tomorrow or Monday. Sunday we'll go to the market and I'll have fresh fruit to eat for breakfast and maybe a bedtime snack.
Siesta is from 1-3 and at least half the small stores close down during that time. Today we didn't head back here until just a bit past 1:00 and fully half the shops were closed.
Right now I think I'm going to have a bit of a siesta.