This hand carved wood piece he would sell for 2000 USD and the gold color is real gold laminate, which cost 500 USD for this piece. This piece had actually been commissioned by the priest at the local church, but it was still at the shop because the parishioners could not come to an agreement on where to hang it.
One of the many hand carved pieces at the town-sponsored exhibition.
Next stop, the famous Otavalo market.
While I was out cruising the market place, RobC, while dutifully standing guard over the bikes and our gringo possessions met these two adventurous Swedes. They have been traveling for a year by hitchhiking and camping (farmers fields or beside the highway) and living off of 5 USD per day between them. No, not a typo, that's 5 USD per day! They started in Alaska and are heading for Argentina. To cross the Darien Gap (which we flew across), they bought a dugout canoe for 50 USD from a local fisherman in Panama and paddled through the San Blas Islands to Colombia and sold it to a local fisherman there for 40 USD. They just recently bought a couple of 125 cc bikes for 1000 USD each and plan on doing some motorcycling for a change ... still on 5USD per day. David and Mathilda are true Vikings and we admire their lifestyle and quickly admit that we would not be able or willing to live on 5 USD a day.
Final stop for the day: Quito, Ecuador. We had a choice of two roads for the final 50 km to Quito, and we arbitrarily chose the one to the right. No sooner were we a bit down the road it started to pour. We both looked to the other side of the valley where we presumed the other road was ... it was sunny over there. We arrived in Quito after an hour and again we went through the ritual of finding a place to stay. We found a place, settled down and realized that we blew past the equator, which is just north of Quito. Guess where we are going first thing tomorrow .... north to the equator. :-)
Oh, we had traditional Ecuadorian food, I had guinea pig and RobC had some sort of chewy pork meat, just one grade above shoe leather. The guinea pig was tough and gamy. The skin was surprisingly thick for such a small rodent and he seems to need a lot bones to move his body.