Last day in Montanita
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
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Retrospective entry to recap the last couple of days in Montanita.
We ended up spending an additional day in Montanita (not that this was much of a hardship) but it was unfortunately due to (in addition to my oesophagitis) the Ecuadorian equivalent of Deli belly...nice! Anyway so I missed most of the last day of school. But can now say as we´ve left and Mother won´t worry, that apparently we´ve survived our first earthquake. We all rocked into school on Thursday morning and our Spanish teacher asked en Espanola whether we´d woken to the earthquake. She was a little shocked at our blank faces and saying we´d slept through the thing at 4am. Anyway good thing we´re not now at the bottom of a volcano that last erupted 3 years ago. It´s okay Mum, honestly it´s the next mountain over and we´ve already planned our escape route! So we had a nice chilled last day enjoying a lie in
We met a lovely German couple who were also doctors and wanted to pick our brains about NZ. Fortunately they´d also been to our next two planned destinations so we got something out of them too. Anyway, Sunday involves getting a cab at 5am then 8 and 1/2 hour journey to our next destination. Banos here we come...
Unfortunately Alex had a rough finish to Montanita, and Chief and myself got knocked out in the second round of the pool comp. I knew we were in trouble when one of our opponents asked us if we had a bye to the second round or if we had actually beaten anyone to get there- w----r.
There were still some highlights to come
After that it is true, I did pop out into town with Chief and Johan for a quick drink which may have turned into a couple more and I may have got home a bit late with the smell of cocktail on me. Unsurprisingly we ended up in the same nightclub as the previous week. Again it was good value and confirmed my belief that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" maybe the best pop/rock song ever. I´m not saying it´s my favourite, but when it came on in this Ecuadorian nightclub, everyone went wild and everyone was smiling. Combine this with it´s place as being a song for disaffected youths and that it was both critically and commercially successful and the argument is pretty strong.
Anyway, due to Alex not being great we were spared an early morning bus following the night before and there was another, more sedate, day left in Montanita before the five am bus.