August 9, 2006
Today I took the last bus of my trip from Mancora, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador. The trip lasted over eight hours, so I got over halfway through my new book, Prey by Michael Crichton, a scary look at nanotechnology gone bad. I was happy when I scored it at a book exchange, but I was hoping it would last me all the way home. Now it looks like I'll be looking for a new book in a day or two.
Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador, but luckily the bus station and airport are within a few blocks of each other. I checked into the only hotel close to them both. I didn't have a lot of time for sightseeing, but Ecuador seems a lot more modern than Peru. I'm back in the land of shopping malls, fast food, and people driving nice cars. I'm also getting used to using dollars a day early. I'm not entirely sure why the official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar, but I've gotten severely conflicting stories from the various people I've asked. I'll have to get the real story from the Internet, the only source that never lies.