In our last post, we covered the many delectable delights one can find while wandering the streets of Cartagena’s Historic Center. Throughout the area, many vendors use carts to sell fruits, vegetables and other food items. Because of the variety of offerings, we decided to focus now solely on those carts. Continue reading
Food options in Cartagena are either familiar or awaiting discovery. Ceviches are typically made from fresh fish like sea bass or snapper and marinated in lime juice, onions and cilantro. Continue reading
Two Who Trek searches for 100% Colombian coffee
For Two Who Trek, fresh brewed coffee fills our morning senses with contentment and fortifies our ability to handle the day’s challenges. Location is everything and a Juan Valdez Cafe is just down the street. When our coffee supply gets low, help is just around the corner.
The image of Juan Valdez is synonymous with authentic Colombian coffee. Since 1958, the fictional character of a Colombian coffee farmer, representing the National Federation of Coffee Growers in Colombia, is Juan Valdez. He is sometimes accompanied by his burro Conchita, carrying sacks filled with harvested Colombian coffee beans.
What do you get when you add salmon to a salted water pot of boiling potatoes and onions? If it’s South Haven, Michigan at National Blueberry Festival time, an amazing Fish Boil, Lake Michigan style! With over 40 years of fish boil experience, the South Haven Steelheaders (SHS) chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders and Salmon Fisherman’s Association, created a tasty treat for multitudes of hungry guests, including Two Who Trek, on August 8, 2015.
Two Who Trek take an overall look at the city
As we prepare to wrap up our posts about Cuenca, we realized that we haven’t shown much about the day-to-day life in the city. Today we will look at some common city scenes.
Cuenca is actually the short name. Its true name is Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca, named for the four rivers that run through the city. The word Cuenca means “river basin” in Spanish. Continue reading
We’ve talked about the wonderful fruit and vegetable markets in Cuenca. However, many of the items are different from what we would find in the United States. Today Two Who Trek looks at some of the unusual fruits we discovered in the markets.
First, TWT has a general observation about the quality of the produce available at market. Most of the fruits are grown in Ecuador and the crops are picked closer to full ripeness than those shipped overseas. At the time we were in Ecuador, only black cherries were being imported and those came from nearby Chile. Flavors overall were more intense than the imported produce we might get at the super market back home. Continue reading
After a full morning of Spanish lesson classes, Two Who Trek either enjoy an almuerzo with friends or lunch on their own. Almuerzos are a restaurant’s lunch special of the day. They include fresh juice, soup, meat, potato, rice and dessert. Portions often look small when compared to typical US servings but are perfect to fill a hungry student! Continue reading
Two Who Trek Visit Markets as Part of the Lessons
For three mornings, Two Who Trek were in Spanish class at the Simon Bolivar Spanish School. No big deal, right? It was for Joe! Never having studied any language other than French in high school, the first day was a bit disconcerting. No worries. Angel is a good instructor and Joe advances at his own pace. Joe now knows about a hundred Spanish words and is enjoying the challenge.
Sherri’s instructor, Viviana, encourages her to remember previous college classes and build on those lessons. Even with prior Spanish classes, Sherri really finds it challenging to put thoughts into words in another language. Continue reading
To celebrate New Year’s Day (and because everything was closed in Cuenca for the holiday), Two Who Trek hopped on a bus with fellow travelers and headed for Cajas National Park, located about 30 km to the west of Cuenca. The road to the park was very good, primarily because the park is located on the main route between Cuenca and Guayakill. Continue reading