It's been a while since I've done a photo roundup so I went through my photos for the last month or so and came up with quite a few that I don't think made it into regular posts that I want to share.
There are a few things of interest here. The first one that caught my attention when I first got here was the amount of stuff women and men carried on their backs. They carry their babies (as you've seen) but they also carry huge loads of any number of things. Just based on the fact that one of the women is carrying a bowl and I think I might see a blanket poking out of the top of the carrying sling, they may be vendors who plan to set up shop along the street and scoop whatever they are carrying on their backs into bags from the bowl the one woman is carrying. I could be all wet but it's a possibility.
People here always wear hats or have something to put on their heads if they're walking out in the sun or it starts to rain. Some of the groups have the folded shawl-type things I see here in Cotacachi but others have the fun hats. I think I like these--they aren't as versatile as the folded fabric from here but they have character.
Did you notice the shoes? I can't even imagine how they can wear those shoes. They are not well-made and they are tied with something like twine in most instances. They always look so uncomfortable but I suspect they look at many women and wonder how in the world they can wear shoes with heels that high and platforms that far off the ground. I have to admit, I wonder the same thing.
People here don't change out a sign just because there's a newer, more modern version. They put up a new sign when the current one falls apart or when they start selling a new product or something. I like the attitude that there's no need to keep changing things all the time. It works for me.
When I first got here I was concerned about insulting the locals if I were to offer them food I didn't want rather than throw it away or something but I've discovered that people are thrilled to share with me. If they don't want to eat it themselves, they'll either share it with a neighbor or a street person or even just feed it to the pigs if it's not suitable for eating anymore. I love that! I never have to worry about offering food that might otherwise go bad because I bought too much or didn't get around to eating it or whatever.
The other thing is the brown spots on the skin. That doesn't indicate they're too soft on the inside or that they're bruised. That's just how the skins on bananas are here. It took me a little while to get used to it but now I just go ahead and buy the bananas that look like they're only good for banana bread. They're nowhere near ready for that.
That's it for today. I think I have more to share soon.