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Feb 25, 2013 - A funeral, parade, man with rabbit

It's the last day of our "vacation" so after a leisurely breakfast we went for a walk on the beach. Yesterday it was packed with people and today .... nobody. We walked for almost 2 hours and were rewarded with views of several dolphins in the distance, jumping and playing. They were too far off to get a decent photo and the waves kept getting in the way. We had to be out of the rooms so packed up our stuff and moved it to a locked room. After a quick swim we joined the girls for a beverage and ended up having a banana split. What looked...

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Feb 25, 2013 - Banos, Quito

Poniedzialek, 25 luty – Banos, Quito O 7 rano, jeszcze przed sniadaniem, idziemy do zrodel termicznych. Woda tu jest naprawde goraca. W jednym z basenow nawet 47C. Po sniadaniu bierzemy taxi na dworzec autobusow w Banos ($1.25) i stamtad od razu lapiemy autobus do Quito ($3.50 od osoby). Podroz trwa 3.5 godziny. Po 14 jestemy na pieknym, nowy, dworcu w Quito. Wyglada jak port lotniczy. Stad taxi ($8) do dzielnicy Mariscal w Quito gdzie jest nasz hostel. Mariscal to zupelnie inne Quito ktore widzielismy na poczatku naszej podrozy (Stare...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Quito

Czwartek, 14 luty - Quito Po sniadaniu, wliczone w cene pokoju, idziemy na miasto. Wszystkie najwazniejsze obiekty sa w promieniu kilku ulic od naszego hotelu. Najpierw idziemy na Plaza San Francisco z kosciolem i monasterem polozonym zaraz przy nim. Potem kierujemy sie na Plaza Grande. Do tego glownego placu starego miasta przylega Katedra i Palac Prezydencki. Na srodku monument ku pamieci poleglych w czasie utworzenia Ekwadoru w roku 1809. Zwiedzmy przykatedralne muzeum - troche sakralnej sztuki ale w zasadzie nic ciekawego. Zaraz potem...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Mating turtles and Quito

We were up at 5:30 am and in the pangas by 6 for a tour of the mangroves of Black Turtle cove. It was a peaceful, quite setting with no sounds but birds, the odd sea lions and grunts from turtles. Motors shut off, Santiago quietly paddled around and we got to witness several sets of sea turtles mating. They don't take as long as the sea turtles and it's fascinating to watch. Some got to see white tipped sharks close to the surface but I missed it. Back on the Daphne we had our last breakfast together and finished packing. That week sure...

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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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