Yesterday afternoon we met our neighbor Virginia. She'd been waiting to introduce herself until we'd settled in and acclimated to the altitude. Virginia is an artist; she's Italian born but has lived for years in the United States, in Hawaii and New York, and is now renting one of the five casas on the property for a year. One of her first kindnesses to us was to fix us a cup of coca tea, which she said is a required daily drink on a high-altitude trek or horseback ride. Art and I have had headaches since we got here, and Virginia said the tea would get rid of the headache.
It did! We woke up this morning at our regular home time and without a headache.
Her second kindness was to invite us to taxi with her to Otavalo again. We walked all over town as she did her errands. I stopped in a little shop and bought souvenirs for my twin granddaughters, my neighbor and my neighbor's daughter - plus something for me. Hand-made things, beautiful and locally made. We spent time in the fruit and vegetable market and picked up a container of some kind of fruit I can't identify. They grow inside a paper-thin cap.
I was conscientious about not taking photos of people, but Art was surreptitious and used his telephoto lens to capture some images: