Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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Here's a quick run down of our first few days of our trip:
After a full nonstop day and night on Tuesday doing last minute preparations including our final rabies vaccination, money pick-up, a stop to our favourite store MEC and completing what felt like a bazillion small tasks (including both of us buzz cutting our hair), we closed the door to our home at 3:40am
We effortlessly hailed a taxi at the Quito airport and arrived at our hotel. With only a few hours sleep on the plane in the previous 40 hours, we dropped into our beds and slept peacefully. Our breakfast was our first adventure...a ham and cheese sandwich on puffy white bread and a cup of hot milk that, with a shaker, we put some coffee (instant?!) into. We asked the waitress where the coffee was and she looked at us with a puzzled expression. Our mission tomorrow will be to find a real cup of coffee (which we thankfully have found).
We spent the first day walking, acclimatizing to the 2850 meter elevation while viewing the sites and the people. Quito is a very clean and pretty city with friendly people. We saw dancers rehearsing something (boy, it'd be nice to be able to understand Spanish!) about the military and then finding peace in their dreams of life in Ecuador. Or who knows what it was about... We heard musicians playing the traditional Andean music, wandered to the Presidential palace and enjoyed the views in and about the city.
The weather is perfect! Quito is known for its 'eternal spring' because of the elevation and its proximity to the equator, the weather remains in the 20-24 degree range during the day and 10ish during the night. We soaked up the sunshine while walking in a temperature that was amazingly comfortable.
Yesterday we caught up on more sleep, walked about, took a tour bus around this huge 50km long x 8 km wide city. Amazing sites! Today we meet up with our Intrepid tour group and head out to the Galapagos Islands tomorrow.
Life is good!