Saturday, September 3, 2016

A few days in Quito

I made it to Ecuador! I arrived in Quito, the capital, late on Thursday evening. No jet lag, but I was still pretty exhausted. I’m going to try to blog a bit while I'm traveling this fall, at least to share photos. 

Here is the Airbnb I booked in the Mariscal neighborhood. I love the colors.

I had cake for lunch (apple cake with dulce de leche frosting). Don’t judge. I’m on vacation.

This isn’t the best pic of Quito’s Old Town, but it gives you a taste.

Ecuador uses US currency, but their old money is still floating around. I received this medley of change yesterday.

OK, I realize I just said I’ll be blogging again, but actually there will not be another post until around September 21. Tomorrow I’m leaving for the Galápagos to volunteer on a farm where there is not internet or cell phone service. I’m not sure what to expect or what I’m actually doing on the farm, but I’m hoping during my visit there to see giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, and amazing ocean views, and to get photos of all of this and more. So, sit tight and I’ll be back in a few weeks with more.

p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Christine Iwan Gardner!


slmcanal said...

Nice pictures. Reminds me of Guanajuato. I hope you don't have to work too hard at the farm. You might become a migrant worker! 😯

patentexaminer said...

Not sure what I was expecting, but it's surprisingly beautiful there! I love your airbnb and the old town pic.

With US currency and old money circulating how is exact payment calculated? Or is everything a rough estimate?

Have an amazing time in the Galapagos! What a life-changing experience that should be. And no internet/cell sounds wonderfully cleansing.

Stay safe,

cg said...

Can't wait to follow your adventures! And don't worry--I fully endorse cake for lunch! ;) Can't wait to catch up on your adventures over shrimp appetizers and wine! :)

Julia M. said...

Thanks for all the blog support! I'll send a note around when I'm back online. I am definitely looking forward to unplugging for a bit. Even if it means being out of touch with all of you.

Cool that it looks like Guanajuato. It was mountainous there too, right? Today downtown Quito reminded me of Mexico City because there were SO many people. And all the churches, plazas, etc.

As far as the currency goes. Only US paper money/dollars are circulating, but the coins are mixed, which can go up to $1. The currency is all equivalent - the old Ecuador dimes look about the same as ours, as do the nickels, quarters, etc. So the prices are exact.

C - also looking forward to SHRIMP (lol ;) and wine. Perhaps this fall... in Chicago???

slmcanal said...

I love your colorful clothes!