National Geographic : 1921 Oct
OVER TRAIL AND THROUGH JUNGLE IN ECUADOR 339 IF HE STANDS ON THIS CORNER, SOONER OR LATER THE VISITOR SEES ALL THERE IS OF INTEREST IN LOJA It faces the plaza principal, where certain favored ones maintain small booths and sell things to eat, drink, or wear. Just up the street is the rendezvous of the city, the cinema, an open-air enterprise held in the interior courtyard of one of the houses, where the films are run at half speed to make them last longer. PREPARING A HOLIDAY MEAL IN LOJA During the time of the fiestas, when the small towns are crowded to the utmost, many of the natives do their cooking out on the open plaza or in the market-place. Often small "restaurants" are conducted in a similar fashion, the patrons squatting about on their heels to be served from two or three large utensils kept over a small fire.