Bus Stations on the Equator

Restaurants near the city’s bus station were my favorite places to eat in Ecuador. 

Beans, rice, meat—usually chicken—an egg, a small juice. A checked tablecloth, a small TV on a high shelf, a soccer game. 

All that for a buck, buck and a half.

Plus: a shy waitress surprised a gringo spoke Spanish and impromptu chats with local diners, always curious, always polite. 

Where was I from? Where had I learned Spanish? Didn’t my family miss me? (California; California; Yes, lots.)

I miss those folks. I hope they’re okay, but with the pandemic raging, I fear they’re not.

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