Wow! I am in the middle of week two in Cuenca, Ecuador. Everything is great and my Spanish is improving significantly. Today, my friends and I went to "La Plaza de San Francisco." This famous site is a place full of various clothing stores and food vendors. I cannot even remember the number of stores I visited. There are a number of clothing, shoes, arts/crafts, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry stores around every corner. In addition to these stores, the prices are very cheap. As a matter of fact, everything in Cuenca, Ecuador is cheap. A cone of ice cream is twenty-five cent, a glass of merlot red wine is three dollars, and one can usually buy lunch for under five dollars! MAS BARATO! I think I spent nearly $200 dollars already, but one cannot beat the bargain here. Therefore, I have a lot of souvenirs to bring back home. I have hats for uncle and aunts, scarfs for my grandmother, two ponchos for my sister and mother, a wallet for my stepfather, and drinking cup for my cousin. The prices were cheap therefore, I was able to purchase many things for my family. This is great because these people contributed money to my trip. Therefore, I am grateful for my family and I hope they like the gifts that I bought for them!