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Mar 27, 2010 - Quito

Day 1 I woke up at the crack of dawn (8am) to finish my packing-cleaning. You may think -8am pfft, but I´ll have you know that I went to sleep somewhere around 2-2:30am! In my 2.5 hrs left before I had to leave the house, I managed to finish cleaning the bathroom, washing the floors, washing the dishes and completion of packing! Once my obsessive compulive checking was done (are the lights off? is the oven off? did I remember the passport??) I then left my house, hit the bank and awaited the TTC to take me far far away from the Toronto...

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Galapagos Trip

Feb 11, 2010 - Otavalo 11-13 Feb

13 February Market day This is the big day in Otavalo with all sorts of stalls of handicrafts and ordinary day to day stuff. I bought a few things as souvenirs and we left around midday to get back to Quito. I have seen enough of here so am catching up on myself - a hairwash would not be a waste of time. Tonight we have our last group dinner and tomorrow I change hotels to meet new group for the Galapagos. Guido is continuing on this trip with me (fortunately, leaving fat, loud Betty behind - patience with her has worn thin). Will probably...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Quito

Well, here I am. Iberia did it's usual to make trip a stress, but insistence played off and they could not stop me getting here with a veggie in flight diet as well. Otherwise, the trip was fine and I managed to grab quite a lot of sleep which has got me through today. The hotel is quite charming, if shabby. It's like an old and very grand colonial house in the area where many similar one are found. The lady on reception is wonderful and helpful but if I had followed her advice I would not have ventured out at all. She warned me of dangers...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Quito

Day 2 in Quito Wednesday 27 January A good night’s sleep, but awake at 4am, suffered headache till 6 and then took a Paracetamol which got me off again until 8am – felt much better for it. Today started with a warm sunshine, but like UK weather it was variable – jacket on, jacket off. I started with a trip to the Cathedral and huge gothic building but surprisingly plain inside. Apart from the side chapels with cheap little plastic madonnas and saints it could well have been an Anglican Cathedral. I didn’t bother to climb the tower for $2...

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Nov 15, 2009 - & nov 16 Quito

last night 4 of us went out to dinner in a fabulous local restaurant. we are staying in the GAP tour hostel. its basic. no bottled water & no fridge! having the hydro go out each day for 3 hours is a pain. they are desperately short of water in all of ecuador and the dam system cannot keep up with providing power. so today, i decided to not do a tour of the markets, as the others were doing - because i can´t think of anything else to buy. my plot was to wash out some clothes, wash my hair, and try to find a cannon camera shop. when i awoke...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Otavalo

I am in Otavalo, the town of 1,000 markets! There is an everyday market that takes place in the center of town, and tomorrow (Saturday) the market swells to take over all of the streets. It is said to be among the largest markets in the world. This morning, we hiked around a lake created by a volcanic eruption that took place 2,000 years ago. The views were amazing. Stay tuned for pictures... I will be home the day after tomorrow!

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May 16, 2009 - Quito

We arrived in Quito last night after a blissfully uneventful day of travel. We were met at the airport by the G.A.P. representative and driven to the hotel. Friday is apparently party night in Quito and since our hotel was right across from a karaoke bar it was LOUD. No matter though as we had arrived. We were up bright and early on Saturday as we had decided to make the most of our time and go to the Otavalo market. We stopped in Cayambe for fresh biscuits and to enjoy the view, drove up to Cotacachi where we bought some leather and had...

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Apr 6, 2009 - Quito

April 6 Our flight from Quito to Lima was good. Hotel Los Girasoles was in Miraflores, some distance from the airport. It was good to have an idea of the taxi fare because we could have been gouged. The dossier from GAP has proved over and over again to be invaluable. The Miraflores district has most of the hotels and restaurants. Our corner room in the hotel had huge traffic noise and the only way to get a breeze from the wobbly ceiling fan was to open the windows. It was hot with high humidity and not pleasant. We spent time at the large...

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Mar 28, 2009 - 5 Days in Quito

(All of the pictures are located within this entry and not in the grandest of orders.) One never ceases to be amazed at who you might encounter in an airport far from home. Our 3 PM departure from Toronto turned into 4:10 and then 4:30 and the narrow window in Bogota of 90 min disappeared as we spent 45 minutes circling Bogota for clearance to land. Needless to say we missed our flight and spent the night at a nice hotel with a paid meal in Bogota. BUT who was on our plane with us will please Mom to no end! Dan and Doris were on their way...

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Jan 31, 2009 - Otavalo Market

Well another early morning and off shopping. We were off heading to the local animal market by 7am to see what there was to see. Very interesting as people are walking around their pigs, cows, sheep, on leashes trading and selling them to each other. Lucky enough we didn´t buy anything besides a little breakfast at a shanty stand. Consisted of a plate with pork pulled off of the end of the entire cooked pig (with her hands of course) with a good chunk of skin (grisle), some beans, fried potatoes, tomato and onion salad, and lettuce. IT was...

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Jan 30, 2009 - Cotapaxi - Journey to the center of the earth

Today we hoped in the back of a truck and headed to the top of Cotopaxi. An extinct volcano that after the last eruption filled with water from the melting snow and now has a large lake in the middle. The lake is 200m or about 600´ deep and has three large islands in the middle of it which are just piles of lava rocks that are about the size of a beach ball. Nothing lives in the lake due to the sulphur gas that is constantly bubbling up through it. It is very beautiful and a nice trip. Not many people can say that they were inside a...

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Jan 29, 2009 - Otavalo - not really

Well today we hoped the bus and headed to Otavalo with the option of walking for 3 - 4 hours to Peguche to see a waterfall. So since a four hour walk in the rain to see a smaller waterfall then the other 100 we have seen didn´t sound to enjoyable we began shopping for the trinkets to bring home. A word to the wise. Lots of the locals selling in the market here start selling at 100% times more then you can buy the same thing else where. A hammock for $18 here and $10 in Banos (but you barter and we got it for $8) Toques(beanies)for $6 or $7...

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