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Travel Blogs from Quito
The group had a full day today. We visited several cathedrals, climbed the tower of the basilica, went to the city's patron saint, had two awesome restaurant meals, and bought out the grocery store. We are headed to Otavalo Market tomorrow and then we will spend ...
Unemployment is very high here, and those who are employed often don't make much money. Very few people would be able to afford to shop in a place like this. I mostly include this because sometimes when I mention places around the world people have a perception of everyone living without electricity and barely scraping by. That's not the case at all. You can find pretty much anything in Ecuador that you could find in the USA if you look hard enough, and then ...
... Australians) which was inside the closed and knotted mosquito net! we both freaked out, and even after one of the guys from the lodge got rid of the spider for us (we think it just went next door) we still decided to abandon that bed and share the other double bed for the next 4 nights. Probably a good thing we did too, because I just found out now that the banana spider, i.e. Brazilian wandering spider, is actually one of the world's most dangerous spiders!
We also ...
... sweet goodies that morning and after the ceremony they walked around offering them to each guest. In western culture a bride serving food at her own wedding would never happen. Then after the wedding and the feast (which we were once again invited to join) the grooms changed into their normal clothes and cleaned the room. Again, to see a groom sweeping at his own wedding seemed totally bizarre from a western perspective. I love it. It's so humble. Similarly, even though ...
... decided (I decided for us) to turn around we were scaling rocks on the side of a mountain basically on a cliff. We were in the clouds the whole time we were hiking so when we were trying to scale the rocks they were so slippery from the moisture as well as the rain they'd gotten the couple days before that I was terrified of one of us slipping, which more than likely would have meant death. I took a picture in the midst of this I'll have to post, more so because ...
Other places to stay in Quito
Francisco Salazar, Quito | Hotelfrom $31
Francisco Salazar E 12-137 y Toledo, Quito | Hotelfrom $175
Leonidas Plaza N24-395 y Luis Cordero, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $22
Foch E4 301 y Amazonas, Quito | Hotelfrom $75
Calle Morales (La Ronda) OE1- 160 Centro Historico de Quito, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $122
Jose Luis Tamayo 687 y Wilson, Quito | 4 star hotelfrom $138
Valladolid E13-76 y Pontevedra (La Floresta), Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $60
Antonio Elizalde E4-78 y Gran Colombia , Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $57