The party has continued all week here in Baños, and every day we are surprised by the latest happenings. More vendors arrive daily although the newcomers have brought cheap clothes, jewelry, kitchenware, shoes, hardware etc. as opposed to the nice craft goods the initial vendors have. The town has been unbelievably crowded and tonight some of the main streets are closed. The party is currently rocking, and the music will likely last until at least 2:00 am. We went for about an hour earlier tonight after a function at Matt’s school, and the band was a lot of fun. The crowd is drunk – very similar to a Wisconsin church festival – and several people offered us beers as we are a novelty. This guy also was trying to get Matt to trade hats (he didn’t) while his drunk friend insisted on dancing with me. They drove 6 hours for the festival. I didn’t ask, but I suspect they will be sleeping in the square tonight.
At some point this weekend there will be fireworks, which are launched from these rickety structures. Actually, many of them aren’t launched, rather they will wildly spin on the structure. It is really cool to see although a bit mind boggling to have fireworks set off in the middle of town. The first time we saw one of these structures, we thought a float was being built. It is unclear when the fireworks are, but I am sure we will hear them. 🙂
Earlier in the week, I came upon a scene that appeared to be a product expo of some kind. New tents suddenly appeared on the perimeter of the square and contained booths with what appeared to be regional products, including cuy, flowers, corn, potatoes, beans, textiles, and honey. There were crowds of people taking photos and some booths were giving out literature (not to me as I clearly wasn’t the target audience). Nothing was being sold at that time although later that evening I saw one or two of the textile booths selling their wares. I couldn’t stay long as I had to get to my volunteer gig, so I didn’t exactly figure out what was going on. Most impressive were the different varieties of potatoes and corn.
It is very difficult to find good pots here as they are either small or flimsy, so I went native with this one from the fair. For $16 the price can’t be beat so I didn’t even have the heart to barter. I made chili in it today for the Green Bay Packers party we are throwing on Sunday – tasty!
I finally had my churros. A few nights ago, Renzo’s Pizza, one of the vanishing restaurants that Matt has wanted to try, was open for the first time since we moved here, so we went there for dinner. It was horrible – the crust was okay and toppings were fine, but the sauce was some awful brown sauce. We couldn’t identify the taste, but it was bad. I really miss Lalli’s Pizza in Wauwatosa! So as a consolation we stopped at the fair for churros. They were delicious.
The fair lasts through Sunday, so I am sure we will check it out again this weekend. Who knows what we will find!