Hotel Amira In Salinas, Ecuador
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There, the architectural jewel was a restored train station that I guess almost no one in Britain and Ireland have ever heard of, even though it was voted tourist restoration project of the year by the British travel writers' guild (or some such body) in 2010. We wandered round the well-populated streets for a while but, aside from the train station, we found it to be no more than a commercially lively but otherwise unremarkable small ...
... 8211; oops – I hope the old bird wasn’t offended!
Even Riobamba, being a quite nice colonial city in a valley
surrounded by volcanos, has very few tourists. Most people who visit the lake
are locals who stop at the family friendly tourist spot near the church or come
by train when it’s running!
The church is lovely, with reed lined roof and nice carvings
in the stone.
While waiting for the bus ...
... dancing with musical accompaniment. A fine example of the differences between men and women :).
Next: Quito. On the bus ride to the smoggy capital, mishap number 1 occurred. Our friend Marta had her backpack between her feet (with the zipper opening pointed back). Somehow, someone sitting behind her managed to open the backpack, remove two cameras, close the bag, and get off the bus unnoticed. While the cameras didn't have much monetary value, ...
... i think it was something like 14 hour round trip for me, it was one of the hardest things ive done. I knew i gave it my all but i was fuming i didnt make it up because i reckon it all came down to my technique, so i now want to climb some more mountains and make it to the bloody top. I guess it was an alright first attempt but there's no prize for coming second, no one knows the name of the guy who almost climbed Everest, it really sucks.
... It was just visible through the clouds in the distance and we could see grey clouds coming out the top and some ash fell on the windscreen. Our guide said he heard it rumbling last night but we didn't. We are at another hacienda tonight. It looks beautiful and we have a lovely suite but as we arrived in the dark and have to leave early tomorrow, we won't get a chance to enjoy ...