Howard Johnson Hotel Quito
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... think you can handle the often rough sailing, which is mostly done at night. The wildlife was truly spectacular and I’m so glad that I was finally able to visit this place that’s been on my travel bucket list for years. So, if you’ve got the coin and don’t get motion sickness (or are willing to medicate yourself / put up with it), get out there! 4 nights was plenty for me, but there’s more to see than ...
... my limited knowledge of Spanish, made us all feel much better and we were then ready to proceed with a tour of the city sites. A stop at a look out with the 'ascending Virgin' statue dominating the scene, kids flying kites and a splendid view of the volcanoes was our intro to Quito. Quito is quite a poor place with two and a half million people jammed in to a valley 75 km long by 8km wide. This is high density ...
... aspects of indigenous life. We encountered rainforest tribes and the animals that live in the area, including anacondas, constrictors and tarantulas, but saving the most terrifying for last - the tiny, ghastly penis fish that lives in the Amazon and swims up the urethra if you pass urine in the river, growing inside its new host until it is the size of a Polo packet - the offending creature pickled in a jar thrust under our noses so we could appreciate the true horror ...
... time everyone arrived, the apartment was pretty packed and Natalie showed up for part of it. There were a ton of snacks and food. I was stuffed by the time I ate dinner.
There were also games: a group of three trying to feed their partners baby food while blindfolded, a race to drink a baby bottle of beer and the guys using balloons to try to create the most realistic baby bump were the major ones.
... that Veronica, like the other women, is a "working girl" and asked us to not take pictures. Prostitution was recently made legal in Quito, and many women without other skills make a living by selling their bodies. Veronica indicated that she has 8 children, 6 of her own and 2 step-children for whom she is responsible since her husband died.
Veronica stayed with us for quite a while and seemed happy to answer our questions. She indicated that ...