Centro del Mundo

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Friday, January 25, 2013

"Centre of the World" - this is a joint blog.  Can you guess what Michelle wrote and what sentences are Jim's?

How could we be in Quito and not visit the monument of the equator?  We had been told by several people that it's not really worth going to, but come on, we all have to indulge in the utmost touristy things at times!  We hired a cab to take us the the centre, wait for a few hours and then drive us back to the Basilica, near our hotel.

Caleb was truly excited to perform the science experiments that he had heard about, flushing the toilet and trying to balance an egg on it's end.  Unfortunately, we were at the wrong Centre of the World for the toilet thing.  I guess there is another Center of the World that was set up by the French that has sinks where you can watch the water drain down in different directions.  Anyway we only went to one Centre of the World and ours had a spot where you could try to balance an egg on it's end.  It actually works.  We have the pictures to prove it!!!

Following the Centre of the World we got back in our cab and navigated the roads of Quito to get us back to the Basilica.  Quito is a beautiful city with sculptures on every block along with green parks.  I particularly loved the giant "living wall" they have. Anyway, the Basilica was "finished" in the 1890's. That's a long time ago!  It isn't officially finished yet and there is a local superstition that upon it's completion, the world will end.  Sounds kind of pagan to me!  It has local animals carved into it and is of a gothic design. We then walked over to an even older church, San Francisco.  This was finished in 1604.  It is absolutely beautiful!  There is gold detail all over the place.  Amazing to look at and awe inspiring.   After all the church stuff and walking around it was time to sit down and have a Chai Tea Latte.  Michelle was starting to get a little edgy.  Right on the square in front of San Francisco there was a neat little Cafe that met Michelle's needs.  Just by accident we walked into a little art shop beside the cafe.  This place kept on going back into the building through separate rooms and down tunnels.  It was wild.  As you walked further into the tunnels you went through different eras of art.  The boys quite enjoyed one particular tunnel which was Pre-Inca sculptures in a very Kama Sutra style.  Pretty erotic stuff and made the boys blush and giggle a bit.  We went through that one pretty quickly.

We recollected ourselves at Casona del la Ronda and then hit the street for a vendor's pizza.  Up and down the street yet another carnival was taking place with music and vendors.  I get the feeling that this is an every night occurrence!  We walked past a place advertising giant empanadas, so of course we had to try!  Try as we might, the four of us could not finish the massive treat.  Back to the hotel we went to prepare for our early morning pick-up for Galapagos.

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Kirk on

Finally stumbled on to your travel blog and Wow!!! are you guys ever having a fantastic adventure. Looks to me like a best seller when you turn it into a book!! Having a great heat wave here in Mandurah and thinking of excursions that might interest you when you get here. Hopefully the floods on the east coast haven't destroyed too much when you are over there.

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