Left Cuenca early with the intention of catching the Alausi Sunday market and the Nariz del Diablo train going through the town. Arrived in Alausi around just after noon, parked the van right beside the market and kicked off the photo tour. It got pretty hot despite the altitude, I think we hit almost 30 C today. The locals were pretty amused about Blaze as we walked around, nobody really cared about me taking photos. We stopped by a food stand and asked for almuerzo, of course everybody was amused about me not understanding what’s for food, but I just waved ‘surprise me!’. It was deep fried chicken wing with rice, potato patties and red beets. It was good but I’m getting a bit fed up with rice though. Blaze was not complaining getting 3/4 of the chicken wing. The hats are changed, the ‘Panama’ straw hats are left behind, felt hats took over. The colours are super bright, the brightest I have seen so far as traditional clothing and seems like is not gender specific at all. At about 2 pm I thought it would be good time for a brake and drove to park the van at the hostel called Killa (funny name) used by other overlanders too, but oops it was closed. There were some kids and three dogs, one of them a pitbull style fighting dog (what’s with all these fighting dogs anyways?), and they told me that the owner is going to be back tomorrow. Sure, but today is today, so I just kept on driving to Riobamba, with ‘another time’ shrug for the train photo.

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