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Class went by fast; of course, we knew we only had morning classes so that might've had something to do with it.
Went to Amaretti, a sandwich shop on Reina Victoria south of Plaza Foch, for lunch with Emma, Caitlen, Jess, Chris and Evelyn. I covered Emma's meal in exchange for her covering me last night. The sandwiches were quite good, if a more expensive than almuerzos.
After Spanish class I met with Karissa and Jess to discuss our ...
... Not as good as the Indian restaurant in Brisbane Tim loves, but hit the spot perfectly. Leesh had been having a craving for Indian, so it was a nice way to finish our little weekend away. We get a taxi to the bus station at 2100 as we were sick of sitting around doing nothing at the hotel. The hotel taxi was very schmick and we were taken there in style. Having no real idea what to do at the bus station, we walk around for a few minutes before locating the ...
... eaten, in the mean time.
There were seven of us who Maria hustled us onto a bus that took us through Puerto Ayero to the entrance of the research centre. Then a 10 minute walk to the first exhibits at which we learnt about the work of the centre focusing on restoring the endemic populations of iguanas and tortoises to the islands where populations have been lost because of the impact of man (directly by harvesting endemic species for food, oil, ...
... but luckily we got out there during the day. The colonial center of Quito is just incredible. I didn't realize just how big Quito is but apparently it's one of South America's largest cities. It has the best preserved and largest example of Spanish colonial architecture in all of South America. It's really beautiful. I've seen a lot of these types of cities since being in South America but this was ...
Monday January 12, 2015
Today I fell in love for the umpteenth time since I've been here. Met a beautiful woman with impeccable English (she had spent some years in London) and she wanted to talk in English as much as I did and we talked for a long time. I asked her if she would have dinner with me but she had a full day. Tomorrow? and she had another full day and mentioned her son. Ah a single Mum, and then later in the ...