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Feb 5, 2013 - Quito

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Despite the use of ear plugs I was awake at 7:30 am so I'm very sleep deprived. We took our time having breakfast at the hotel and then set out to explore the La Mariscal district of Quito. Mike feels the effects of altitude right away by just feeling "out of shape". I don't so I must be careful not to overdue it or I will pay later. I can run up the three flights of stair just fine while he's puffing (not normal) but when I stop, I feel my heart racing incredibly fast. It's a weird feeling. We checked out of the Othello and...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Quito Day 1

Finally came to after a great night's sleep of 13 hours and looked out of the window to see the twin spires of the Basilica and the Angel of the Americas in the far distance... Buenas dias, Quito! Stocked up on a healthy breakfast accompanied with plenty of fresh papaya, melon and pineapple before I jumped into a taxi and made my way to the the Teleferique, a cablecar that climbs up to 4000' and provides great panoramic vies of the city. I shared a cable car with a charming Columbian family with two daughters who were keen to practise their...

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Dec 29, 2012 - Quito

Hola amigos! This is my fourth day in Quito and I thought I'd write you a little summary before moving on. First of all, the weather here has been great. I remembered Quito as a rather rainy place but even though it was indeed rainy and foggy the night I arrived, so far it's been mostly sunny, or partly cloudy with temperatures around 20-22C during the day. The sun is very hot, being so close to the Equator, but the air is cool and dry (due to the altitude at 2850m). Tuesday (Xmas) was a rather long travel day, getting up at 4 am with a...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Quito

Nous sommes venus à Quito afin de voir si nous pouvions trouver une offre intéressante pour les Galápagos. Et nous avons eu de la chance, nous avons trouvé une super offre last minute du 25 décembre au 1 janvier. Nous passerons donc les fêtes aux Galápagos. Entre temps, nous sommes restés 5 jours à Quito. L'ambiance de Noël était très sympa, mais en même temps, un peu surnaturelle pour nous, car il n'y avait pas de neige et il faisait chaud. Mais, tout le monde était très enthousiaste; les vendeurs de rue vendaient des bonnets de Père...

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Nov 13, 2012 - Quito - final days

My last couple of days in Quito were notable for the torrential rain in the afternoons (looking forward to the entirely rain free Lima) and dominated by finishing off Spanish classes (back with creepy James but to give him his due he did at least try to teach me 3 tenses in one class so that I do not always have to speak in the present tense), domestic chores (finding the laundry, picking up the stuff I had left at my previous hotel) and one last cultural trip to the Chapel of Man to see Guayasamin¨s key works. The Chapel itself is a modern...

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Nov 4, 2012 - Quito - La Mitad del Mundo & Casa Maria blah blah blah

Bearing in mind the current reading matter seemed crazy not to go to La Mitad del Mundo, where Condamine and his companions measured the equatorial line. It`s part museum, part theme park and yes, you can have cuy (guinea pig) for lunch, I did`t. My driver for the day, appropriately named Darwin, introduced me to the local music by singing all the songs playing on the radio at full throttle, chatting non stop (it`s good practice for my Spanish after all and with the aid of my dictionary I can just about keep up) and flirting until we...

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Oct 30, 2012 - Quito - Casa del Alabado

3rd time lucky (it`s only round the corner from my hotel so no real hardship) and finally made it into Casa del Alabado along with several classes of mischevious and highly entertaining Quitean children (lots of shouting of "hola" and giggling going on before getting ticked off by stern teachers). This museum of early pre Columbian artefacts is definitely worth the repeat attempts, it`s set in a beautifully restored colonial house across two floors and is certainly the best displayed, best lit museum I´ve come across in Quito. The exhibits...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Quito - Monday, meet El Presidente

Foiled once again at gaining entry to Casa Del Alabado (arrived too early on Sunday, closed on Mondays) paid a quick trip to Homero Ortega (thank you Mark Grenside for the tip) to pick up a Panama hat - tried on just about every hat in the shop and finally settled on a natty brown number (with riding in Argentina in mind if I manage to carry it that far round on my travels), will post photo in due course. Meandered down to Plaza Grande (I`d also been kicked out of San Francisco monastery at this point as was closed for a rather grand...

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Oct 28, 2012 - Quito - slow Sunday

So thanks to the tourist bus and waking to another day of sunshine I`d already figured out what to do with my Sunday (when all the good people of Ecuador were probably at Mass and once again no school, double yay), as it`s been not surprisingly something of a culture change to pack up shop at L2012, leave the joy that was Lilliput (my studio flat in Canary Wharf) and come to Quito. The city itself is very easy to get around and whilst I don`t go wandering around much at night as strenuously advised, it feels no more unsafe than certain bits...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Quito - gringo bus

Woke to blazing sunshine and no school (yay) - a typical day in Quito at this time of year works out as sunshine in morning, cloud over at lunchtime, thunder mid afternoon, pouring rain all evening, and headed for the oasis of green (Quito, like any major city is loud, frenetic with heavy traffic belching black smoke) that is Carolina Park. Caught one of the many local music mini festivals that seem to be going on, am not at all familiar with Ecudorean music but the band were not bad at all and then (as recommended by stern Educadorean...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Quito - bollocks, have lost my phone

Not much pictorial evidence today am afraid (see previous entry) but did visit the very fabulous Museo Banco Central Ecuador which is stuffed full of amazing artefacts dating back as far as 11,000 BC - pre Columbian and pre Inca through to Spanish and Colonial Art (cue lots of religious imagery, mainly of the gory variety - also see the exhibits at the very beautiful San Francisco Monastery & Museum). The Archaeology room in this museum was definitely my favourite (admittedly not everything was open as some refurbishments under way), with...

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Oct 25, 2012 - Quito - Day 2

Walking tour around Quito Old Town with Carlos, the impeccably uniformed guide from the Tourist Police, via Plaza Grande, La Compana de Jesus (stunning Jesuit church and entirely covered inside with gold leaf), the San Francisco Monastery and Museo de La Cuidad (all equally interesting, all equally worth the trip). You`ll have to forgive the lack of photographic evidence mind you, lost my iPhone or rather left it in a taxi on Friday (cue laughter from my London 2012 ex colleagues as yes this tends to happens rather a lot...). And school of...

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