Sunday, October 23, 2011
Meet hermanos (brothers) Fausto and Jorge. They are a bus driver team that have been pretty special to us as we travel back and forth between Otavalo and Cotacachi. When Fausto is driving, Jorge is collecting the fares from the passengers. Likewise the roles are reversed when Jorge is the conductor (driver). They are warm, friendly, and forgiving of our malo (bad) Spanish. They are cordial and courteous to passengers and drive with great care. After writing some less than complimentary reviews of the bus drivers in Cuenca I really felt a need to express our great relief and happiness that the drivers here in the Imbabura are almost the opposite of their city counterparts in Cuenca. There are typically two passenger seats up front by the driver and Rachel and I are quick to grab them when possible. You get to see everything along the route and learn a little Spanish from Fausto and Jorge.