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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 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 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 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 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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Jun 11, 2014 - Day 1 Hotel

Ok, So more on day 1. Left Dallas late and then got rerouted around weather in Florida. So, I was one of those running through the airport people to make the connection in Miami. But, hey, I had 5 whole minutes to spare. Whew. Customs took about 40 minutes, the ride from the new Airport which is now North of Quito took a good hour to get to the hotel due to traffic in La Ronda. Saw a couple of party buses with bright light and loud music. I even had my first phone call in the hotel room. A guy I met through the Epat Ecuador Forums. Will...

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May 31, 2014 - Return Home

Our plane to the mainland was scheduled for 11 AM and we began to traverse the island of Santa Cruz early. First a water taxi to town where there was a bus that took us over the highlands (2,834 ft) to a ferry that took us to an airline bus on the isolated airstrip island of Baltra which had been the only airstrip until the mid 1980’s when the others were built on San Cristobal and Isabella. This facility was built by the US armed forces in WWII to provide air cover to protect the Panama Canal. On our way to the airport, we stopped to view...

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May 24, 2014 - Quito, Ecuador

Thursday 22nd May 2014 Quito, Ecuador Had breakfast in our lovely Hotel Quito, then back to our room to choose our photos from Galapagos for the blog and pack our bags. The representative from Klein Tours came to pick us up at about 11:30am and we went to our other "lesser" hotel, the Majestic, for the next three nights until we leave on our next trip from Quito to La Paz in Bolivia. After we had posted the blog, we went out to the markets down towards the city and bought a few little things to remind us of Ecuador. We then had an early...

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May 24, 2014 - Swissotel in Quito

Swissotel (May 23-24) At 8,500 ft., the Swissotel was kinder to Anne’s altitude sickness and after she took a well deserved nap, and Tom had a burger lunch, things began to look much better. We had dinner at the hotel in the Japanese restaurant and slept well all night. In the morning we saw the sun glinting on the volcanos across the valley. Both of us felt like unwinding and after breakfast, we scheduled a massage for 3PM. As we walked through the lobby, we spotted a unique Taguarte necklace and earring set. However, because it was a...

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May 22, 2014 - Rumiloma Hacienda & Quito

Rumiloma Hacienda (May 21-22) Our driver from the Hacienda met us at the Quito airport with a sign “Thomas Barker.” It was an hour-long drive all the way through Quito and then over a dirt road to the Hacienda entrance. Rumiloma is perched on the mountainside and our room (Montana) is up three flights of steps. We were winded when we got to the door. The architecture is magnificent. Stone walls with post and beam accented with multiple levels joined by rustic stairs made of split logs. Amber deFreire, the owner, has scoured the world for...

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May 21, 2014 - Galapagos Islands to Quito, Ecuador

Wednesday 21st May 2014 Galapagos Islands to Quito, Ecuador via Guayaquil Leaving from Galapagos this morning after seven days cruising around the islands seeing all the wildlife, birdlife, sealife, lizards, iguanas, turtles, tortoises and all the other creatures and meeting with a lot of nice people. This morning we finished packing our bags then went to breakfast. The boat sailed around Daphne Island but had almost finished the circumnavigation by the time we realised that it had started. We then said all of our fond farewells, exchanged...

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