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... female traveling solo business can be daunting, but please don't worry (I'm looking at you Doris); I am taking precautions and doing my best, but I could also be in the exact same position if I never left home (yes, people get mugged in DC too). So all we can do is be cautious and do our best to stay safe.
Quito gave me some good times and beautiful sights, and some scary moments. Oh Quito, you cruel mistress.
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We make two fundamental errors. In the first place, our own language is an exclusive language: that is to say, if we speak the words "chair" or "yesterday" or "hot", we exclude every thought that is not "chair" or "yesterday" or ...
... poisonous gases that killed all of the surrounding fauna--mostly cattle.
Anyway, now that you've winced a little, you can relax because I'm home safe, and that stuff hardly ever happens. It took 3 buses to get there, and a lot of "I hope we're actually on the right bus" comments. The bus drivers seem to always be walking around the terminals and are able to spot exactly where us gringos are going. They're psychic, I guess. We ended up getting on all the right buses ...
... and eyes closed, we lost our balance and couldn’t do it. We balanced an egg on a nail as apparently it’s easier to do on the equator. Not sure about that one.
Lastly, of course we did the most famous experiment there, which was pulling a plug from a sink of water on the equator, on the north side of it and on the south side of it. There were leaves in the water too to help us see ...
... was pretty cool. All in all, the frog concert was interesting but I guess we didn`t really know what to expect (in my head, it was to be fountains of water, lit up and the sound of frogs ribbiting in chorus!). After the concert, we went to eat, but bizarrely, the town of Mindo is pretty much shut up by about 8pm so we struggled to find anywhere to eat. There is also no cashpoint in town and Robbie and I were low on cash. Eventually, we found a little pasta ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Alcala Quito
Good value cheap hostel smack bang in the middle of town. The decor could do with a bit of a clean up, it's a bit grubby around the edges to say the least and we had no hot water for a day or so, but for $30 for a double with private bath in a city centre, whadaya expect?!
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