small town pleasures
I was in Baños for just one week and I already had a local bar, a regular café, “rumbaterapia” exercise classes (a combination of zumba and jazzercise) and people I ran into regularly on the street. When I was sick one weekend and didn’t go out, people wondered where I was, which feels really nice when spending so much time alone. There is something appealing about small towns. People are friendlier, the streets are easier to navigate and it is a nice reprieve from the constant movement and logistics of traveling. Baños is a special place; there is a magical feeling of being surrounded by mountains in every direction you look.