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Dec 4, 2014 - Around town

We dedicated Thursday to running errands in the morning, including a visit to the tour operator who has arranged our trip to the Galapagos and attempting to mail the last of our Christmas cards. After zooming around town sorting everything out, we headed to the Museo Nacional which told the historical story of Ecuador by linking history with art. In the evening, we attended a terrific performance at the Teatro Nacional of salsa dancing and live music from around Latin America. It was an exciting show full of Latin spirit and rhythm in an...

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Dec 2, 2014 - Quito continued

On our second full day we headed to the lovely Parque La Carolina, a huge rambling park in the centre of the city and home to the Botanical Gardens. The park has dedicated bicycle and jogging trails as well as a bike rental scheme that can be found throughout the city. The Botanical Gardens were very interesting, particularly in regard to the high altitude grassland environment known as paramo. This environment is very boggy and wet with few trees as it is usually above the tree-line. It is covered with tough grasses and small flowering...

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Dec 1, 2014 - Into the Quito vibe

We began our Quito adventure with the obligatory post·flight nap at our lovely Aleida´s Hostal. Thanks to Lonely Planet for another great recommendation, they even suggested which room to request (no. 15) which was granted gladly. When we awoke we had a bit of a shock as the city all but shuts down on Sundays. Fortunately we found the Happy Panda restaurant just a block from our place and the Szechuan green beans made us feel as though we were back in Vancouver. The other thing making us feel at home was Lleigo (pronounced Yay-go) the...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Day 7 Botanical Garden Part 2 ORCHIDS

Botanical Gardens part II: Orchids! This was my favorite part of the gardens. They have a Cold Greenhouse and a Hot Greenhouse for their orchids. Enjoy the pictures of both. This is my last update from Quito! I will see you all on Thursday! :)

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Jun 16, 2014 - Day 7 Botanical Garden Part I

Last day! This will be in 2 parts over the Botanical Gardens of Quito. It's the farthest I've ventured in my journeys here. It was probably 12 bus stops away. The Botanical Garden is located in the La Carolina Park. So, it's one of the may parts of the very large park. Part 1 pictures are the non-orchids. Part 2 will be just the orchids. I took over 60 pictures in the park. I've reduced that down to just 17 in Parts 1 and 2 of the Jardin Botanico. The non-orchid part apart from miscellaneous flora shows a tiny piece of the very large Rose...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Day 5 Miscellaneous

Sunday was an adventure. After breakfast I set out to find Emaus an Episcopal Church since it was just a 10 minute walk or so from the hotel. However, I went to the spot where it showed on the map. It wasn't there. So, I walked around another 1/2 hour to no avail. So, I did not get to experience Church in Ecuador, but a valiant effort was made. Along this walk may streets in Old Town were closed to cars and a Bicycle tour was going on. It could have been a race, but it didn't seem like one. I also ran across a couple of places where street...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Day 3 Wrapup

Day 3 ended with a bus ride adventure. I met up with my friend that I met in the Expat Forums for Quito. So, I walked about 10 blocks to the Estacion San Marin and took the Echovia bus line. Only 3 stops to the Casa de Cultura. It is like the PAC for Tulsa. This one is a big round building with tons of venues for shows and performances and exhibits. The building itself is older and frankly ugly. But, you can decide for yourself. In contrast right next door is the original Casa de Cultura still being used for events and such, but on a...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Day 4 Shopping in La Mariscal

Today was a bit of shopping in the Mariscal District of town. It is sometimes called "gringolandia". They have shopping bars and tons of other things. Today, most were watching "futbol" since Ecuador is playing. But, back to shopping. There was a very cool Spiral Shopping Center. You literally enter and walk up a spiral with shops all along the walls. It was pretty cool. Here are a couple of pictures of the inside.
Before arriving I was using a second bus line called the Trolebus. I found I was going the wrong direction away from the...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Day 3 -La Basilica del Voto Nacional

Day 3 was a light day. I am on vacation after all. It was a nice walk to the Basilica del Voto Nacional. It's a lovely church among many in Quito. It is one of the older ones. The cool thing is you can go to the top of one of the towers and take pictures of Quito. That was nice and relaxing. I again took over 30 pictures and reduced them down to just 10 for your viewing pleasure. So, first a few pictures of the outside of the Church: Then, a few pictures of the inside: Nave and Organ Primarily. The Organ sits in the Balcony and is on...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Day 2 Weather Update and Food

The forecast for the weather is looking up. However, it's been dry the whole time. So much for 80% chances of rain! I'm not complaining. Breakfast at the hotel is provided. It's eggs either 'Fritas' or 'Revueltas" (Fried or Scrambled), Bread with Ham in it or with cheese in it, thick coffee provided with a cup of either hot water or hot milk that you pour the coffee into, and juice. The juice has been different flavors each day, but never apple or orange, Quite tasty. By dinner time, i was tired and just went to Cafe Kimberly across...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Day 2 Walking Tour Part 2

Walking Tour part 2. I took about 32 pictures today, but in parts 1 and 2 I shared 20 of them with you. The pictures are not in order of the actual tour, but kind of themes. Next we take a look at the Plaza De Independencia. Statue and the historic buildings surrounding the plaza. The Presidential palace, The Teatro (National Theater) and Congress I think where the people are protesting outside of. The rest of the Theme is "Miscellaneous". First a great picture of the Quito sigh with El Panecilo in the background. El Panecilo is...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Day 2 Walking Tour Part 1

Part 1 of the Walking Tour of Old Town Quito. Tour Guide was Ovi. He is Ecuadorian from a small town. He has been doing free walking tour for 9 years. First part of the 3 hour tour was the Market a few blocks from Old Town. Amazing fresh meat, Fruit, even flowers. There were booths of vendors who cooked and sold food also. There was even beverage stands where they mixed fruit drinks. I had the picture Nanajo and Coco. I might have the 2 fruits mixed wrong, but definitely coconut. Take a CLOSE look at the meat photo. If that is not JAN...

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