On December 6th, which is the actual Fiesta de Quito day, the schools are closed and everyone is out to celebrate the foundation of the city of Quito. There are events everywhere and I got to see a couple in my neighborhood as well as going down to La Ronda to celebrate on Friday afternoon. There is a song called 'El Chulla Quiteño' which I heard many times as well as 'Viva Quito' shouted everywhere. El chula Quiteno also refers to the elegance of colonial Quito with the men in tuxes and the women in formal attire. Children at the schools dress the part and perform a elegant dance to the song for school events.
My Quito family includes a nephew which I see quite often. His name is Isaac and I think he is wonderful. He got all dressed up in a little tux for the school so I took a picture of him. I'm going to miss him when I return home.
On Friday, met Narcissa, my Spanish teacher from Yanapuma, to check out some sites for Fiesta Day. We walked around Old Town first to see the events of the day, followed by going on down to La Ronda. There was a band and music around almost every corner. Quiteans love to dance and so folks would be out dancing in the sidewalks to the music at hand. We checked out one location with many candies and other sweets. I tried a green round thing that was actually pretty good, however, I forgot what it was called. So for now, it is the green round thing.
Then we headed on to La Ronda. La Ronda is a historic street, narrow and now lain with bricks. It is almost as it was a couple of centuries ago, except it previously had small stones instead of bricks as it's base. There are many restaurants and shop along this street. We first just walked the entire length of it to check out the shops and restaurants and to see what music was playing.
Finally, my legs were sore and I was getting hungry, so we headed on into one of the restaurants. I wanted to try the canelozo which is a hot drink made from vanilla, a persimmon type fruit and a rum type of alcohol. It is very good.
This desert did not come any smaller. Note the canelozo drink.