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... It was harder than I thought as I was attached to the pets, I can't even imagine how felt Remi after a year spending with them.
We celebrated Christmas with David's family including his father with his current wife from Ecuador.
We had a good time together.
Our menu was very elaborated and I enjoyed much cooking with Remi, a real team effort.
- velouté de pumpkins with beetroot crackers in the middle
- ceviche de ...
... at their accommodation. Most houses are constructed with cinder blocks. If you don't have much money they are held together with mortar and stacked haphazardly into the shape of s few rooms. You may have a roof. It will likely be a sheet of metal held down by more cinder blocks. If you have a few more $ then rebar will be included in the structure. It is ok to leave a few meters of the stuff out the top to be converted to a second floor at a later date or used as a washing ...
... So after finally checking in, we went out for lunch and a small wander through town before heading to a travel agents to arrange Galapagos. After a lengthy discussion about which company to use, itinerary, cost, inclusions etc, we settled on an 8 day cruise visiting many islands which offer a huge range of wildlife. The departure dates weren't quite what we were hoping for, so we had to rearrange our itinerary for Ecuador. With that in mind, we decided on 3 nights in Quito ...
... a French architect and looks very European. It was very very beautiful inside. After that we caught a bus to La Mitad del Mundo, the equatorial line right near Quito. We took some obligatory photos with one foot in each hemisphere and checked out a neat museum about Ecuadorian culture. After that we balanced an egg on top of a nail, apparently only possible on the Equator and headed back to the city. I had an upset stomach that night, so we just relaxed at the hostel.
... and two hummingbirds - no precious stone. I asked if the silver came from Ecuador and it turns out that it comes from close to Chordeleg, a village near to Cuenca that is famous for its jewellery. I'd heard of Chordeleg before. Ari Gallery's owner gets his silver (and I assume his gold as well) from the same source local to Chordeleg as the Chordeleg jewellers do.
When we first arrived the owner's wife showed us round, but then the owner himself arrived. ...