That evening she took me to La Ronda in Old Quito. La Ronda is tiny cobblestone streets, chic stores, exuberant cafes and rooftop bars. The energy of the place and her, oh it was a heady cocktail. I was under the spell of her simple beauty as she took me to a rooftop bar. She asked me to try canelazo, local aguardiente (firewater - sugarcane moonshine) and sugar added to hot cinnamon water. The potency of the canelazo took away whatever little Spanish I knew then.
Then I . . . . .
For the full story, head to my blog Winds of Travel. For travel postcards from remote corners, follow my handle ThirdWorldStoryTeller.