When it rains in Quito, it pours...

Trip Start Oct 06, 2008
Trip End Apr 18, 2009

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tropical storms on the weekend meant we couldn´t do everything we wanted to do in Quito so we decided to extend our stay by a couple of days. Unfourtunatley, our hostel was fully booked, so we had to move into another one nearby. What an absolute dump. We were greeted by the pungent smell of wet dogs (although worryingly they didn´t keep any), the foul smelling ´bathroom´ had no hot water and there was a tennis ball sized hole in our bedroom window. I could have written a whole blog to describe how terrible this hostel was, but suffice to say, there was certainly no Internet there. Consiquently, we´ve done quite a bit since our last blog, but have been unable to write up on it until now. So, without a further a do, here´s a round-up of what we´ve been up to...

Last you heard from us, we were about to have a Spanish lesson. It went well, and we certainly won´t be replying in Manuel-esque "Que?!" anymore! On friday, we went on a rollercoaster (that the locals call a MetroBus) to "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) where we visited a monument which marked the equator. It was surrounded by little shops selling Ecuadorian nick nacks, museums, a planetarium and restaurants. At midday, there was a performance along the equator line where locals danced in different styles that represented each region of Ecuador. Next door, we visited a smaller museum which proved by using GPS technology that the actual equator line was in fact 240m away from the big tourist trap park that we had just visited. What a scam!

Like I said, the weekend was horrendous. Tropical storms lashed down and we couldn´t do anything. However, on Sunday night, fed up of the new hostel, we decided to go to the Ecuador vs Chile football match. Although storming, the atmosphere was incredible (if I were lazy, I´d call it "electric")! The crowds here seemed to enjoy themselves much more and have fun, compared to the agressive British crowds.

We woke up on Monday morning to a bright blue sky, the storm must have cleared the air. We decided to re-visit the Old Town, our first stop being ´The Virgin of Quito´ on top of the El Panecillo Hill, in the idyllic setting, overlooking the entire city. Afterwards, we took a tour of an old nunnery that has only recently opened to the public. Inside, were many morbid images of Christ, one in particular saw Christ on the cross covered in blood, lash markings all over his torso and deep wounds with intestines pouring out! Many of the sculptures were handcrafted by the nuns who obviously had plenty of time on their hands as they were only permitted an hour a day to socialise! By mid-afternoon the clouds had gathered as we made our way to a picturesque Basilica on the outskirts of Old Town. It was possible to walk up the Basilica´s towers, and after climbing a countless number of stairs we were faced by a wooden walkway that led to the first of many metal ladders that led to the very top of it´s highest towers. After each climb we were always suprised by the possibility to go further. I´m not too proud to admit that I was pretty terrified! Whilst on top of the towers however, we were greeted by an old friend. Lightning. Dark clouds had gathered and we were in the middle of yet another tropical storm - it felt as if we were inside Dracula´s castle! Since being high up on top of a bell tower is certainly not the best place to be in the middle of a storm, we hastily made our way back down! We quickly hailed a taxi and made our way back to the grotty hostel.

The following morning we got on a 4 hour bus journey headed for Riobamba, a small town to the south of Quito. It is from Riobamba that we are writing this blog, finally being able to find a decent internet connection! Although, frustratingly I´m not allowed to insert our USB camera into the computer to upload our pictures.

Our next stop will be Guayaquil, where we will hopefully be able to post our pictures and update you on everything we would have done here in Riobamba.

Until then, adios amigos!
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iwanllyrevans on

Diolch! Thank you!
Nodyn fach i ddeud diolch i chi gyd am yr holl negeseuon! Mi ydan ni yn darllen nhw i gyd ac yn mwynhau eu derbyn. Wrthgwrs does ganddom ni ddim yr amser i ateb pob un yn bersonnol ond mi ydani yn ddiolchgar iawn ohonynt.

A quick note to say thank you everyone who has sent us messages! We read them all and enjoy receiving them. Of course we can´t answer everyone personally but we are very thankful.

Catrin ac Iwan XXX

naintaid on

'Roeddym yn falch o'r blog diweddara ac yn hoffi yn fawr iawn o dy ddisgrifiad o'r twr,ac yn falch fy mod wedi dy ddysgu i ddringo pan yn fach,wyt ti yn cofio dringo y Manod y dydd Sul hwnnw,ar te pati yn y ffarm ar ol dod i lawr? Galli di feddwl sut oedd dy nain yn teimlo pan glywodd am y dringo!Sut ben sydd gan Catrin i uchder? Mae yn amlwg eich bod yn mwynhau eich profiadau byth-gofiadwy pob dydd ac yn eu derbyn yn hapus er gwell neu er gwaeth.Oedd yr olygfa o ben y twr yn werh y dringo ar y diwedd?
Mae ein ffrindiau i gyd yn holi ac yn eich dilyn pob dydd ar eich taith.'rwyf wedi rhoi copi o'r daith i Alwyn a Nesta ac mae Al ar y map yn eich dilyn.
Balch dy fod wedi mwynhau y bel droed ond beth am Cats? Hwyl fawr eich dau, cofion atoch a llawer o gariad nain a taid. xxxxxxxxxxxx

janice60 on

Buenas noches!!
Helo chi'ch dau! Como esta? Mucho gracias por el blog!!! Falch i glywed bod y Sbaeneg yn gwella - 'na gyfle gwych i ddysgu iaith newydd, a 'falle mwy nag un ar eich trafls!!
Hyfryd eto i glywed eich hanesion, ond dw i ddim yn siwr os 'on i eisie gymaint o fanylion am y dringo yng nghanol y tyrfe a'r llyched!!! Oedden nhw'n ysgolion metel!? Peidiwch a dweud!!! Est ti a dy sketch pad lan 'da ti, Cats?
Dw i hefyd wrth fy modd yn darllen negeseuon pawb arall, ac yn cael fy hun yn cytuno gyda sawl un, yn enwedig Taid yn son amdanoch yn mwynhau hyd yn oed yng nghanol y stormydd a'r mochandra! Chware teg i ti Cats, ond falle nath yr ail hostel atgoffa ti o 53 Malefant St!!!! Ha ha!! Falch i glywed sefoch chi mewn gwesty ar ol hynny i gael bach o gymffyrt!!Cofiwch gyngor Nain cyn i chi adael.
Wyt ti di gweld un o dy ffrindie bach wythgoes eto?!!
Dw i ddim yn credu ne' fydden ni 'di clywed y sgrech o fanhyn!
Pob hwyl ar gymal nesa'r daith ....cymerwch ofal yn Guayaquil cofiwch, gobeitho gewn ni weld y llunie cyn bo hir. Pryd wyt ti'n mynd i 'sgrifennu blog Cats?
Pawb yn anfon eu cariad a'u dymuniadau gore atoch,ac edrych 'mlan i glywed dy lais eto cyn bo hir,
Caru ti, Mam, Dad a Rhod xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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