Guided by our Lonely Planet Ecuador book, we came upon the Chuquitos restaurant while the rain pattered softly on the slippery stone streets of Tena. The first clue we had that this was a downer restaurant was the atmosphere. Cheesy pop music videos were displayed on a loud T.V. at the back of a small, hot, but colorful room. Sullen faced employees sat with colourful T-shirt uniforms behind an open barbecue. Despite the clues, we sat down, eager to taste something different. We were a little limited with our Spanish and did not know what to order. We made a wild guess, and soon arriving at our table, were chicken wings, a cold, yet large, set of ribs and a cheese burger. My burger was OK, but my parents claimed there dishes were vile! Once we got back to the hostel, we reread the description in the Lonely Planet book and we think we were at the wrong restaurant. Oops!
Well, there is a lesson to this: “Curiosity is a virtue, but so is being content, and happy with where you are.” I also learned to keep my eyes open and pay attention to the subtle clues that life has to offer. Tomorrow night Pizza!
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