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I awoke to the challenge of how to turn today's relatively plain day of a sleep-in, a wander, the car to the airport and flight to Quito, into an interesting travellers tale for the next blog entry, so here goes.
I had a most delightful sleep-in, having stirred several times early on (one to shut the curtains and tell the sunshine to go and play - it is Sunday after all), I happily just re-cuddled my pillow and went back to the land of nod. As someone whose idea of ...
... and swimming into a sea lion. Lucky moose knuckle had briefed us that sharks in the Galapagos have not been recorded eating humans because a 2m Galapagos shark swum under the group with 2 sea lions teasing it either side. I was too busy staring in awe/maybe a bit of fear to get a picture with the GoPro. Sorry. Many rainbow fish and enemies of Steve Irwin were spotted (sting rays). We also saw some sea turtles which meant Anna could get her dream picture with one for ...
... feet with a modern appartment just outside the centre, with a huge bedroom and private bathroom, fully equiped kitchen (where we cooked every night) and a huge plasma TV with over 100 DVDs! We immediately felt at home and made use of the free washing machine, well I mean Kam made use of it, last time I used a washing machine I accidently poured in bleach instead of washing liquid. Turns out tye-dye isn't so cool anymore.
The next best thing about the appartment was ...
... had lifted somewhat, and we were able to get some good photos.
We joined the third sister, Jenny, and went to another place for dinner. We had Locro de Papa, a traditional cheesy potato soup garnished with avocado and llapingachos, a cheesy potato cake. Jenny hooked us up with a travel agent friend, Marcia Simon-Alvarez, who was available and offered to take us to Otavalo the next day for half price. Although $150 sounds like a lot, ...
... went to the food market, up into the historic centre to places such as Plaza Grande, into the entrance to the President's Palace where we saw a shift change in the guards and had a group picture (but where the current president doesn't live due yo political tensions/ previous assassinations there), past some of the main churches, to a sweet shop (yes I bought something, made of half jelly like stuff and half fudge like stuff), through a free museum where we had a quick rest break ...