So beautiful

Trip Start Dec 25, 2004
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Trip End Feb 05, 2005


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Friday, January 21, 2005

There has been only once in my life where a city has taken my breath away and that was Prague at night. I am happy to report that another City has done the same. Quito, Ecuador is quite possibly the most beautiful city I have seen in Latin America...atleast at night. It is very cold here, but I am with good company and a lot of rum so the night should pass by fine.

I said goodbye to Celeste yesterday after spending a wonderful day with her walking around the city. It is always hard saying goodbye, God knows I`ve had my share of travel relationships. There is one good thing though, both parties know that they cannot get seriously involved so the entire thing is very light. We only get to see the good sides of one another without witnessing fits of anger or baggage. Sometimes it`s better this way. That being said, we share a lot in common, everything from indie movies to our next calling in India. On top of that she is beautiful, sweet, thoughtful, and very passionate. Even though I have already met some really cool people on the way from Cali to Quito, I still cant help but think of her at times...especially when I look through my photos. Maybe our paths will cross in India, who knows.

On the way from Cali to Quito, I met two really cool peruvian backpackers who are going back to Lima. The bus ride was very interesting to say the least. They tried continuously to hit on two colombian girls without much success. I even befriend the girls, and it comes at a price. They always wanted food, and they always ate, and we always paid. I think I spend $3 feeding the two of them from Tulcan to Quito. Girls, they are the same everywhere. They left on the outside of the city and we proceeded into the Old Town. The three of us got a suite at a hotel with the best view of the city...all for $6 a person. Best $6 I`ve spent so far. So now, the three amigos are looking for food, music, and more chicas. The two of them remind me alot of Che and Alberto from the Motorcycle Diaries. The similarities are very startling. Anyways, I`m off, who knows what this chilly night will hold. Even if nothing comes of it, I am just happy to be here in this beautiful city.

Oh yeah, apparently we look like drug smugglers because the bus was stopped twice along the way and we were the only people that they searched. I was a little worried that someone snuck something into my bag when I wasnt looking, but that wasnt the case. Whew.
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