We wake up on Easter Sunday morning in Banos as we prepare for our bus trip to Guayaquil.
Easter eggs are not readily sold in stores in Ecuador so ‘Easter Bunny’ has had a challenging time. Also, the fact that this single Mum has a child always present as a parent this makes it hard for me to buy anything at all in the past few weeks. Sometimes multi-tasking as a single Mama on the road has challenges. As a prepared parent, I have had to pack all the things that we might want or need, including Easter Eggs – just in case we are not sure of finding them at our destination.
Am I now a Mama?
I have noticed my title has changed from “Mummy”, and “Mum” to “Mama”. He tells me he wants to sound Spanish. I think it is nice anyway – and he was getting a bit old for “Mummy”.
So Explorason is pretty thrilled to find eggs hidden around our hotel room. Especially as it seems the local families staying didn’t find any. So we pack up to leave Banos. We have to travel all day, so it is an early start.
Recently I have been reading a book about angels, so we pray angels can help us along the way today as I feel we are going to need some assistance as we have to change buses etc.
We head out to the street with our bags to get the bus trip to Guayaquil. Suddenly, along comes an old man with a makeshift wooden cart or wagon – it is made from an old go-kart.
So we go in and ask the owner of the hotel about him and says he will take our bags. She says we will need to tip him 50 cents.
I buy the tickets for what I think is the connecting bus trip to Guayaquil. Next thing men are racing across the road with our bags. Before we know it we are on a bus and heading to Riobamba.
We pass many towns and it seems like markets are everywhere.
Kids On The Bus
Random Acts Of Kindness
The past few days we have continued handing out toiletries to the poor on the street. My son gave some of his pocket money to a blind beggar. I love his caring heart!
Is He An Angel?
We load the taxi and join him to the next area a few km away. He pays and then waits with us. We buy local food from a vendor as I can’t leave the bags and it is so delicious and healthy. I can’t believe it is so inexpensive. We wait for about 2 hours and he tells us there is a problem with our bus trip to Guayaquil.
We must get a taxi to the big bus depot as the bus will not pass here.
Then we look but he has disappeared! We wait and wait and he never comes back. He seems to have vanished. We are convinced he is an angel! So we get our own taxi to the bus depot. Thank goodness for him or we would have had no idea where to go.
We get three ‘bum steers’ about where to get a bus from people we ask. We are finally told to go to the parking lot. There is a mass of people. The first bus arrives and they flock in. I miss out as I have no idea what we are to do.
Getting On A Bus
I then send my son in to ‘sit tight’ with the bags.
With me safely back in, we drive on and wind through the hills. The driver is a maniac and he is hell-bent on passing a silver bus. So for 5 hours, we drive like crazed idiots through the hills playing cat and mouse with the silver bus.
During our bus trip to Guayaquil, I have one foot on a backpack on the ground. I clutch the open window with one hand – which is also around my sleeping son. The other hand clutches a plastic bag in case I throw up as I feel so very ill.
Bus Trip to Guayaquil Viewing A Cloud Forest
Gum trees line the hills but it is way different from Australia. We are in the cloud forests and it is glorious.
We have no air in our private room and it is so very hot here. I need a good night’s sleep.
Comments and Questions
- Have you ever had to catch a bus or public transport with a child?
- How did you handle it?
- What are your tips?