We are retired school principals (Peel, Ontario - Canada). Our fair weather home is at Sauble Beach, Ontario Canada.
In the winter we roam, trying to keep warm and looking for new adventures. This is a record of our travels.... full info
EquadorWe are spared the tropical heat of the equator as Quito is at 9 300 feet, giving it a refreshing climate.
It took me almost a week to adjust to the thinner air.
Surprise welcomeWe were delighted to be greeted in Quito by old Aussie mates Paul, Paddy, Bill & Noi.
They will be travelling independently from us but we still managed a few fun filled days together.
Quito digsOur Airbnb home for the next 6 weeks.
Very comfortable with a great view over the city.
VenezuelansThere are hundreds of Venezuelan refugees in Quito. Many beg or try to sell small items. They are not aggressive.
New Year's EveProved to be very entertaining.
Single men dress as women and harass cars at intersections and demand a coin to let traffic pass.
At midnight in addition to fireworks, effigies of least favourite politicians are burned in the street.
Mitad del MundoOur first outing was to the Equator which runs through the north end of Quito.
The guided tour of exhibits and demonstration of physics was outstanding.
Head Shrinkers!Up until the 1960s this Amazon tribe practised the "art" of head shrinking...to both honour dead relatives and display defeated enemies.
Lost your head?The one inside the case is the real thing.
Bones, brain etc. removed.
All stitched up to prevent the soul from escaping.
Franciscan ChurchHaving investigated so many cathedrals in Spain & Italy last year we had to take a look at the opulent interior of this church that took 150 years to build...its interior covered in 24 carat gold.
Street dancersThe buskers and hawkers come out in force for Saturday, market day.
Street massageThe masseuse lost some of his charm when he hauled a smartphone out of his loincloth.
TeleferiqoA little tricky to read, but more expensive to haul your large dog up the gondola than it cost us to ride.
We were surprised how many dogs were at the top.
TeleferiqoFor a spectacular view over Quito and its surrounding volcanos this ride up to an elevation of 13 500' or 4100m take the teleferiqo.
At the topCool, rugged scenery to the west of Quito.
We found the thin air a challenge.
Botanical GardensClose by to our apartment is the most popular park in Quito, Carolina, with many attractions, including these beautiful gardens.
Carnivor!A great display of Amazonian pitcher plants.