Last Friday, I and a couple of friends visited Cuenca, one of the most small but beautiful cities of Ecuador. For this trip I chose the handsol hat model of the 2014 collection, Levi´s jeans, Tennis shoes and a pullover from Otavalo. During the weekend the city held two special events, Quitofest and the Orchid Film Festival. With more than 100 local and 50 internacional bands, 80.000 spectators, and 11 years of history, Quitofest is the biggest independent music event of Ecuador.  On the other hand, the Orchid Film Festival is a launching pad of intercultural exchange for worldwide producers, directors, writers, graphic designers, actors and aspiring students. The arrival of characters of international stature makes the Orchid Film Festival, for filmmakers and Ecuadorians abroad, a great attraction.
JAWe stayed in the Casa Del Río Hostal, near one an emblematic river of Cuenca, Tomebamba River. The view was pretty; the room was quiet and relaxing.  We were near Calle Larga (Long Street), where you can find many restaurants, bars and museums.
At our arrival a friend picked up and invited us to eat tacos. At night, we did tour of the old and modern parts of the city and we ate ice-creams in front of the cathedral.
On Saturday we took a tour bus, some photos were taken by my boyfriend José and my friend Leira. When we arrived to the viewpoint “El Turi”, the guide offered us a typical beverage “canelazo” (hot cocktail with cinnamon schnapps), due to the cold weather of Cuenca. We ended up in the stadium Alejandro Serrano Aguilar for the Quitofest.
A funny fact is that one of the photographers of Quitofest asked me to take a picture of my outfit, since my hat was drawing everyone´s attention. That reminded me of the difference between using this lovely hat and not. It was also a good decision, because the sunlight is strong on Ecuadorian highlands.
yopiOn Sunday morning we bought native handicrafts on Calle Larga and also some sweets on Concepta´s Church. Later we went to the Orchid Film Festival in “Casa de la Cultura” and after watching the movie “Belle Époque”, we were fortunate enough to meet the Spanish director Fernando Trueba. The travel was very entertaining and I did a lot of things, but without doubt the best part was sharing this experience with you guys, because it made me enjoy the trip twice!
Andrea Lecaro.
* I give a special thanks to José Manuel Ramírez and Eloïse Cornu, my work partners , for the english edition.

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