Arrived Quito another very big city and stayed i n the new town which isn't really that new but on the surface is very nice. We warned not to under any circumstances walk around at night and to take a taxi even for two or three blocks but during the day not a problem.
A cute little restaurant up the road called the Magic Bean was a great place to have our farewell dinner and it was a full house except of course for Anne who simply couldn't stay up that late - like 9.00pm. headed to a bar after dinner and didn't stay out too late even Sue-Ann was happy to get some sleep - she had started before dinner tho at around 7.00pm We were a group of 7 but still caught taxis back the three blocks to the Hotel.
Sue-anne , Canning and Anne left us here Anne didn't even bother to say goodbye.
Spent a morning wandering around the Old Town which like most South American cities was built on the highest slopes they could find. It does have one of the best cathedrals around - mainly because you can walk up the bell tower and one the cock towers for some great views. We spent about 1.5 hours in there - some steps and some ladders and a spiral stair case.
Headed back to the hotel to meet and greet the 8 new people we would e travelling with - our last lot. We will only be together for 19 days not long after having spent 4 months with some of the group. But they seem to be an OK group of people. Another group dinner this tie at Uncle Ho's - Vietnamese of course in South America - it's actually quite hard to find a real local place so in many ways similar to Australia.
Our next stop was The Middle of the World where it is latitude 0'0'00' pretty much just a photo opportunity and some not very good food Sabine jumped off the truck here and there was a general sigh of relief as we saw her go - no more moaning.
Otovalo a cute little market town was our overnight stop and managed to find myself a cheap Panama hat which I am assured doesn't look too silly on me.
Said goodbye to Zoe and Reena here they were going back to Quito to fly to their respective homes and are now both back at work.