Street vendors are a very common thing here in Cuenca, especially in the center. They sell everything from toffee and plantain chips to lottery tickets and cell phones and antennas, etc. etc. It is really neat to be in the midst of it all. You will hear the following in really loud voices:
Lotería, Loteríaaaa! JUEGA HOY, MIL DOLARES! Lotería Loteríaaaa!!!
Lottery, Lottery! Play today for 1000 dollars! Lottery Lotteryyyyy!!
They will say something different for everything they sell. I like this one:
HELADOS, HELADOS! UNOS RICOS HELADOS! LOS MEJORES HELADOS DE CUENCAAAA!!
Can you guess what that means?
Ice cream, ice cream, delicious ice cream, best in Cuencaaaaa!
I think you know why I like that one :^).
There are also vendors that have fruit and fudge. Sometimes, we like to stop and buy some fresh cherries, YUM!
I really like street vendors; it adds a nice touch to a boring day. Of course, no day here in Ecuador is ever truly boring but you know what I mean… I hope that you will be able to come to Ecuador someday and experience this for yourself. Oh, and try the cherries!
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