The not-so-nice aspect of travelling lots!

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

We did some laundry, then went out for breakfast to discuss our latest predicament; we thought the hotel staff may have taken Kory's bike shorts. Now to me, they seem like a very un-appealing target, especially as they were dirty, but they were expensive and cost around $60-100 to buy in Ecuador, so there was a chance that the young hotel guy needed a pair.  Although we weren't definite we decided to move hotels anyway, and use it as an excuse to check out the New Town of Quito. So, we packed up our bikes, cycled across town and checked into a backpacker hostel. The new area was not as aesthetically pleasing but was full of restaurants and shops, which made it feel quite modern and westernised. We were quite excited to check out some of the good food options. We put off sightseeing the Old Town until the next day and spent the afternoon in the New Town, and walked to a big shopping mall, to replace Kory's cycle shorts, and to pick up a few other bits and pieces.

We spent the second morning exploring the Old Town, and walking amongst the tall, old, colonial buildings and churches. The area had a lot of history, with many of the buildings built in the 1500s. The tiny, cobbled streets, with tall, narrow buildings, with tiny doors and shuttered windows were a stark contrast to the New Town area, which had wide roads, huge pavement areas, and modern shopping centers. We enjoyed flicking back and forth between the two, either by walking the couple of kilometers mainly through a park, or by jumping on to the metro buses.

Unfortunately when we returned to the hostel in the afternoon, Kory realised that along with the cycle shorts the hotel guy had also taken our bicycle pump, and had also helped himself to some of our money. When he told me, I had steam coming out of my ears, but Kory managed to keep things in perspective and reminded me that at least the items could easily be replaced as we were in a big city and not in a remote, rural village. I just hated the idea of someone sneaking into our room and rummaging through our belongings whilst we were out the evening before. When I looked on Trip Advisor I found that the hotel was renowned for this trick of stealing things whilst you are out of the room but only taking things that you won't realise have gone until you have checked out. It was really unfortunate that we hadn't read the reviews before we stayed there. So, off we went to replace the bicycle pump, which thankfully was a fairly easy task.

We found an Indian restaurant, which made delicious, authentic dishes and breads. We enjoyed this treat both nights that we were in the New Town and wished that we could dine on Indian meals more regularly. Although our stay in Quito was marred by having some of our stuff taken, I really enjoyed exploring the capital city and felt that it gave us a better insight into the Ecuadorian culture. We were both excited about getting back on the road again after our two day stop, as we were both feeling in good health again and had recovered well from our illnesses.
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