Back to Quito for a brief stop over

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Revolution Backpackers

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to Quito we stay at a different hostel called Hostel Revolution – small, friendly hostel in a bit more of a residential area which has a much better feel to it.

The next day we explore Quito some more and we're warming to it – there’s a good buzz to it on a Sunday with lots of families out for walks in the park or around the old town. Mid way through our walk a torrential downpour begins. This then turns into hail which is quite surreal in the mild temperatures of Ecuador. After a few minutes the streets begin to flood and all the locals seem quite intrigued, but all clears up within half an hour. Quite different to the persistent rain we have in Ireland and Scotland!

We then meet Jon and Jo for dinner and drinks as they have come to the end of their trip after spending a week in the Galapagos.  We also find out that they got engaged while at the Galapagos so even more of a reason to celebrate with a couple drinks.  We encountered one slight problem – the sale of alcohol is prohibited on a Sunday after 2pm (but our hostel informs us that you can usually find somewhere that sells it).

We get a taxi to Mariscal, during which we pass a military checkpoint where they are stopping all cars for searches but we seem to have a taxi/’gringo’ pass so we speed right through.  After one restaurant refuses us we return to a bar that will go unnamed where we innocently try to get a bottle of wine.  The waiter informs us loudly that the sale of alcohol is illegal on a Sunday and then drops his voice to 'but I can help you out’.  And so that evening we end up having dinner and some good red wind from tea cups and a large jar.  Despite the ban, the waiter still makes a fuss of bringing out the bottle for us to approve and then promptly hides it behind his back when he sees four heavily armed military standing outside on the street opposite the bar.  When we left the bar we did a quick check around the bar and I have never seen so many people in a bar drinking ‘tea’ so I doubt the ban is truly working.....Hopefully we helped Jon and Jo to celebrate in true style before they head back home to Manchester.
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