We’ve moved to a “Nu” house…quite literally. Our hostel was great & we met a lot of really cool fellow backpackers. And the price was definitely right at only $24/day for a private room with shared bath. But over the weekend a huge group of teenagers on a school break trip checked in…and it got super loud and ridiculous earlier this week. Since I’m guessing those kids were not old enough to go out to a bar or club (we don’t think they were even 18), that meant they stayed in and bought cheap beer at our hostel and partied all night long.
After a night so loud that Kyle and I were up at 2 am downloading white noise apps for our iPods in the hope that we could block out the noise and get some sleep, and another night where there ended up being an impromptu concert at 2 am, featuring amplified electric guitar, we decided we were finished. When it is so loud that even industrial strength earplugs and 2 iPods playing white noise cannot mask the bedlam, then it is time to go.
So yesterday we got up bright and early, packed up all our stuff, paid our bill, told the owner to shove it, and decamped to the Nu House Hotel in the Mariscal, for a few days of high living with our own bathroom and Egyptian cotton sheets. For the next few days our home is this posh room with fantastic views of the plaza, right in the middle of all the action, but with double paned windows so you can’t hear a thing. We slept like babies last night!.
Tomorrow we head up to Otavalo (a mere 2 hour bus ride away – cost: $2/person) for their famous artisan & animal markets on Saturday. And then on Monday, we move into our new digs at Casa Helbling, a much quieter hostel with a slightly older demographic, and much nicer rooms. Turns out Kyle’s profesora, Martha, works the front desk there on weekends and she gave us a tour yesterday. Que bonita! We can’t wait to show you pics of the new place!
On June 24th, our time here in Ecuador is finished and we head off to Peru. Can you believe how fast the time is passing?
Hope you’re having a great week and have fabulous plans for el fin de semana. Ciao!