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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 30th 2013

1. It's so seriously cold here at night, that I've got five blankets and one sheet on my bed, and I use them all. We're at 2800 meters here and my fingers are frozen in the morning when I didn't put my hands underneath the sheets. Even my Dutch thermostat has to be adjusted to these temperatures! During the day it's nice though, between 17 (sun gone) and 25 (sun out) degrees. The only thing is that you're getting pretty busy putting on and taking off your jumper all the time... The height is not so much of a problem otherwise, although it really feels like I´ve run a marathon when I arrive at my house about twohundred meters uphill :) 2. You can have breakfast with a sandwich and coffee for one dollar here. For ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 30th 2013

My alarm wakes me up at half past three, one hour and a half after I went to bed. As usual my planning has been a disaster. The travelgear I ordered on the internet wouldn't have arrived before today if I wouldn't have picked it up myself yesterday, my bank cards seemed to have arrived just in time but they still had to be activated by taking out money at an ATM in Holland (only then I realized that I didn't put any money on my new account yet, just too late to transfer money to it before the banks closed), I had to get some dollars and my malaria pills... at eleven at night I started to pack my bag and three hours later I was almost ready to go. After a shower there's an ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 29th 2013

I hope you realize by now, that Juan Valdez is or was a figment of your imagination, a totally fictional Columbian coffee farmer, appearing on American television back in 1959. I was still in junior high, and had no intentions of ever drinking coffee. This was the brainchild of the Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros and the ad agency, Doyle Dane Bernbach. Obviously, it was successful! As an FYI, Juan is now represented currently by Carlos Castenada. He has appeared in sombrero and sash, along with his faithful mule, Conchita, carrying sacks of fresh picked coffee beans form Columbia. His efforts came to symbolize the traditions of over 560,000 coffee growers or cafeteros. We plan to track the guy down, and make him tell us his coffee secret. But, while we are here, perhaps we can all ... read more
His coffee is pretty good!

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 29th 2013

Most remarkably, Quito sits up high at 2850 meters (almost 9,000 feet) above sea level in a valley bordered by mountains. This position means Quito is spread out over 50 kilometers from north to south, but only eight kilometers wide. There is a mix of old and new in this city of 1.6 million. The Centro historico (historic center) is a trip back into colonial times, with narrow cobblestone streets, ornate plazas, and old, but spectacular churches. The newer part of town, called New Town, nicknamed unimaginably, gringolandia, is more cosmopolitan, like the magazine. The area has a lively cultural scene, active nightlife, and newer hotels, and from what I read, the best restaurants in Ecuador. Most of the people live in barrios or shantytowns, up the slopes of the mountains, or north and south of ... read more
Lost?
We can always pray

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 29th 2013

Most remarkably, Quito sits up high at 2850 meters (almost 9,000 feet) above sea level in a valley bordered by mountains. This position means Quito is spread out over 50 kilometers from north to south, but only eight kilometers wide. There is a mix of old and new in this city of 1.6 million. The Centro historico (historic center) is a trip back into colonial times, with narrow cobblestone streets, ornate plazas, and old, but spectacular churches. The newer part of town, called New Town, nicknamed unimaginably, gringolandia, is more cosmopolitan, like the magazine. The area has a lively cultural scene, active nightlife, and newer hotels, and from what I read, the best restaurants in Ecuador. Most of the people live in barrios or shantytowns, up the slopes of the mountains, or north and south of ... read more
Coffe at Juan Valdez
Refreshment time in Centro Historico

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 28th 2013

This is my fifth country have visited in South America, previously having visited to Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. They have all been great experiences, but each quite different from the others. This trip to Ecuador will also be goofy and stranger than strange. My best travel buddy Mike and I are meeting my Lithuanian friend from Cape Town, South Africa. That ought to make for some interesting times. When people ask why Ecuador and Columbia, the answer might be as follows. Ecuador is a very under appreciated country. It has many cultures and indigenous people. Columbia has cleaned up their act after decades of drugs and violence. Anyone who has lived there has proclaimed it to be the most beautiful place in all of the Americas. We shall see. What do we know about Ecuador ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 13th 2013

Warum wir hier drei Nachte sind, hat einen ganz einfachen Grund. Am Samstag hatten Kevin und Julia 12. Hochzeitstag, sie hatten sich in Quito kennengelernt und wollten dort feiern. Am Montag hat Kevin Geburtstag (49), den will er in Quito feiern und nicht in irgendeinem Nest unterwegs. Also fast drei Tage in Quito. Ist schon ok, die Altstadt ist Weltkulturerbe und ich war heute drin. Es sind fast keine Touristen da, aber es waren unheimlich viele Einheimische da, die einfach am Sonntag durch die Altstadt gewuselt sind, in einer der zahlreichen Messen waren (7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 17.00 und 18.00 in nur EINER Kirche, und es gibt Unmengen!!!), ein Eis gegessen haben und sich die Geschaefte angeschaut haben, manche waren offen. Die Kirchen sind zum Teil unglaublich geschmueckt, in der Jesuitenkirche sollen 6 bis ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 12th 2013

Von der wunderbaren Hacienda ging es im Pulk bis zum Aequator. Dort wurde ein Monument gebaut und der Strich markiert, der die Nord und Suedhalbkugel trennt. Wir fuhren die MR auf diesen Platz, stellten sie halb auf die Nord, halb auf die Suedhalbkugel und machten Fotos. Den Rest der Strecke fuhr jeder allein, aber bei der nachsten Strassensperre traf man sich doch wieder. Quito liegt in ganz verschieder Hoehe, man faehrt rauf und runter, es war etwas verwirrend. Aber ich kam gut an, gerade, als es anfing zu regnen. Das Hotel ist die ehemalige Franzoesische Botschaft, am Abend offenes Feuer in den Kaminen im Erdgeschoss, grandiose Zimmer mit Himmelbetten und Wandmalereien. Ich bin leider im Diensbotentrakt direkt unterm Dach, aber man kann ja nicht immer soviel Glueck haben. Wandmalerei habe ich auch!!! img=http://whos.amu... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito August 31st 2013

We are on our way and, for at least few days, we will not have to be concerned that the USA has decided yet again to go to war with yet another bad actor in the middle east. Let us hope that one more day becomes many more days and another solution is found. Via Con dios amigos....... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito August 16th 2013

So after a 5 hour Mini bus ride to the airport, a flight to Colombia then a flight to Ecuador we arrived in Quito at 2am. Very tired and worn out from the travel day. We were collected from the airport by our taxi who took us the hour journey to our Hilton hotel. We crashed out for a few hours in a lovely massive bed, then awoke to explore the old town. We walked through the park, saw the lovely church and headed for the food market. We then spent some time walking around the local food market, looking at all the fresh veg, fruits and meats.We then stopped at a stall for a plate of lunch, egg, potato, avocado, salad and chorizo. It was yummy. We had this with the local drink of fresh ... read more
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