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I learned that there was a town that produced fine gold filigree jewelry and I put that on my list of "must see's" because I've always loved jewelry. More importantly, I found that there was is a very large Indian market in the town of Otavalo. It sounded like that could well be a good source of crafts. My game plan was to check out Otavalo first and see if I really would find some good things to buy in quantity. I also planned to check out the gold filigree though I knew it would be out of my scope to import in quantity.

I set off for Otavalo the day after arriving in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The trip was fantastic, winding through mountains and valleys for a few hours, before arriving in a lovely small town. I found a hotel and scouted the local stores. All were loaded with knitted sweaters, gloves and hats. The surprise was finding very attractive wool felt hats in a variety of luscious colors. I waited another day and went to the market to see if I could find better prices and I certainly did. Even with no bargaining, I was able to buy fantastic sweaters for under $10.00 and hats for a few dollars. I spent every spare dime I had, stuffed everything in burlap bags, and hired a driver with a small truck to take me back to Quito. I moved everything into storage at the hotel where I would be staying the night before returning to the States. With one night's rest, I went off to see the country, certain that I would recoup my traveling expenses.

I spent a glorious week in the Galapagos Islands and returned to Quito for one night before setting off on a jungle tour. It was the first and only organized tour I'd ever taken, but the idea of "touring" a jungle area alone seemed really daunting. The tour company was a disaster. We were on a river boat deep in a jungle area and essentially captive to the company which seemed on the verge of going out of business. Everything included in the price was awful -- the food, the accommodations, the guides. The jungle, though, was fantastic. I'd never been in a place where life was happening so loudly all around me. You could hear plants growing and dying and there were animal calls and shrieks close by, but nothing could be seen through the dense foliage. It was a dramatic place and I hope to go back one day.

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