The Big Race

At 10:30 this morning I called a taxi for a trip to El Centro. The taxi company told me that they couldn’t get me to El Centro because of the big race.  My guess is that it’s similar to a big city Marathon in North America.  I thought I could catch a bus – No luck.  I walked the 3 miles.  There were large crowds cheering the runners on in two locations. I finally made it to my appointment.  The video below is a 30 second clip of the race.

Doce de Abril

Doce de Abril is Founding Day in Cuenca. The city was named in 1557 thus making it 455 years old.  There are lots of celebrations, parades, fireworks and craft shows. The holiday lasts 4 days and today I walked from home to the Coopera food market (about 3 miles).  I always enjoy the buzz of the city but especially today since there were so many people on the street.

I would like to invite some comments and conversation about the first 21 second of the video.  There is a local street vendor entertaining the traffic on Doce de Abril y Solano.  That is not uncommon but off camera when I gave her a coin I asked the young entertainer her age and she is 8 years old.

On The Streets Of Cuenca

I take my HD Camcorder on the streets of Cuenca and shoot some video for 30 minutes near Parque Calderon. I try to capture a combination of tourist and Cuencanos.  The biggest problem was dodging the people and taxis.

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Tale Of Two Cities

On Good Friday, Cuenca was a ghost town. All the busy streets had little traffic. You can see the sparse traffic in the first video.  There were few taxis on the road and the bus wait was not bad but triple the normal amount of time.  Fast forward one day and in the second video you can see the city’s back to normal with lots of traffic.