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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 2nd 2012

The Uyana family picked me up at the hotel in the Center of old Quito. We went to visit the Basilica in the Center of Quito. Then we went to the area in the north of Quito where the family lives. It is the place where Vicente was born and grew up and married Rosario and lived all his life except for the years he lived in Arlington. When Vicente was young the area had small farms, but now it it an extended suburban part of Quito. We had lunch are then we drove around the community where they lived. This is where the Church of the Brethren had a church, a school, a community center, and a cooperative to help farmers market their farm products.... read more
Lunch in the Uyana Home
Another Lunch Photo
The School

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 1st 2012

Daniela was a student of mine at T. C. Williams High School in 2005. She was a dedicated student and easy to remember so when she contacted me on Facebook we because ‘friends’. She offered to show me areas near Quito that I couldn’t very well see on my own. Daniela and her mother picked me up from my hotel in their Chevrolet and we headed to the Teleferico cable chair lift which took us to the top of Pichincha volcano to look out over Quito which lies below it. Then we had a traditional Ecuadorean lunch and then went to a market for artisans of traditional products. Finally we went to Mitad del Mundo which is where the Equator crosses near Quito.... read more
The Teleferico Cable Car
Overlooking Quito
At the Market for Artisans in Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 29th 2012

The trip to Quito got off to a bad start because on the night before I was coming back from the Art Museum of Lima and I was tired. Almost back to my hotel on Diez Canseco in Lima my foot caught in an large open crack in the sidewalk and I went down and my right knee took most of the blow. So leaving for the trip to Quito the knee was giving me pain. I had plenty of time in the airport in Lima and relaxed before the trip. I went on Avianca Airlines and it was a good flight, but the trouble started when the nice young lady told me that the flight to Quito left from Gate 28 and I had to run because the flight was ready to leave. When I ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 29th 2012

I couldn’t sleep late even though I went to bed at 2:30 AM, so I got up for breakfast. Jenny is a powerhouse of a women and she wanted to take Gretchen and me to a shopping mall to get our phone situation worked out. We also went to the supermarket near the B & B, and it started pouring rain so I got to use my umbrella for the first time on this trip.... read more
Relaxing After Buying a Phone SIM Card

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 13th 2012

Last day Quito There's a park opposite the hotel and we decided to walk through to the town centre. It was like walking through an English park except the trees were in full leaf but many were dried out apparently they have had a really dry season with lots of drought but now it seems to rain every afternoon.Traffic on the road so we took a taxi, the pollution is so evident and not nice to walk by the road. We arrived at the Plaza Grande then just walked and after buying postcards went to the Ronda where artists used to hang out. The whole road was refurbished and very quiet and there were many plaques with the names of famous artists. Looking for a coffee we came across someone who said are you English he ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 5th 2012

The day started well yummy breakfast at the Hilton Colon, then sunshine as we ventured out to walk to the botanic gardens. Firstly we visited the cultural centre which is closed on Mondays but looks promising to visit tomorrow. A stop at a cafe for delicious apple cake and then onwards. The walk was much longer than we thought and then we came across a shopping centre, so unlike the Quito we had come to know. It was just like any modern shopping mall, with up market shops (no one in them) and all marble and stainless steel we could have been anywhere and on the top floor yes the restaurants, Macdonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut yes it was all there and very few EcuadorIan restaurants. Leaving the mall behind we eventually arrived ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 4th 2012

Arrived in Quito last night and staying in Hilton Colon we thought it would be shitty but its amazing like an oasis in this very poor country. We took the bus tour of Quito stopping in the old colonial town of which we had read so much. Well there are very old buildings there and whilst those in central plaza have been maintained mostly the buildings are in need of renovation. We felt very much like rich tourists yet we weren't wearing anything posh. We found an inner courtyard where we had a lovely coffee, well more milk than coffee. We visited a church that was so richly adorned and was in sharp contrast to the outside where everywhere we looked there was poverty, however despite that this was holiday time and as in most capital ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 30th 2012

Na de stop-over in NYC, ging ons Zuid-Amerika avontuur dan toch echt beginnen. 's Avonds landden we in Quito, de hoofdstad van Ecuador. En gelijk met een geweldig begin, we werden opgewacht door de super aardige familie van Veronica & Frans (familie van Marissa), waar we bleven logeren. In hun mooie grote huis, kregen we ons eigen kamertje en al gelijk allerlei tips over Quito. Byron, Daniel, Josue en de moeder van Veronica waren allemaal super aardig en heel leuk om ze te leren kennen. Ze vertelden allerlei verhalen over Quito, Ecuador, tradities, de cultuur etc. En wat een goede oefening voor ons spaans zeg!! Echt heel leuk om dat weer zo heel de tijd te praten. Al waren we ook wel blij als na een lange vermoeiende dag Josue ff zijn engels wilde oefenen ;). ... read more
Quito Colonial Centre
Quito - El Panecillo
Quito vanaf Teleferico

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 22nd 2012

After crossing the border with Chris and Sam the two English guys I'd met in Colombia we arrived in Quito the capital of Ecuador, huge city with old and new town. Stayed in the new town which was very commercialised, full of restaurants and bars and not much else! Leigh and Graham the two South Africans that we also travelled with in Colombia arrived a day later. We went to visit the centre of the world at the equator, the old one that was discovered a long time ago and the new one that has been determined by GPS...only 200m in the difference, not bad! Got to do weird experiments like watch water flow down a sink, it goes opposite directions in the southern and northern hemispheres and straight down when on the equator line, weird. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 19th 2012

We have a saying in the UK, usually used when the powers that be suddenly step in and stop you doing something (or apply a load of rules and regulations to something) that you're capable of doing without mishap, because someone lacking in common sense may or may not injure themselves whilst carrying out said task...... 'Health and safety gone mad' After a day of wandering the city my first impression of Quito, and I’m guessing this may apply to much more of South America, is that if it was possible this city is the exact opposite of that saying, but as I can’t think of what the exact opposite to the silly saying would be I’ll settle with ‘Wozers, I can’t believe we were allowed to do that’ and also ‘Sorry Mum, I promise that ... read more
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