Leaving Ecuador

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

I really wasn't planning to spend any more time in Quito, so right after landing back from Galapagos, I went to the busterminal to take the bus to the Colombian border. 
One of the woman on the Galapagos boat had been robbed with a knife in Quito, she refused to give her backpack, they cut deep in her arm, and cut the straps from her backpack and grabbed it. So many of those stories in Quito...

So luckily I did not get robbed or anything (also having been on high alert all the time and crazy careful), I was glad to head away from that city.

The ironic thing is that everywhere through south american, locals seem to mainly warn me about other places. The unknown is always more dangerous. In Bolivia they told me how crazy dangerous Brazil was, and in Brazil how crazy dangerous Bolivia is, etc. So on my way to the bus terminal in Quito, the driver started warning me about Colombia, about how dangerous it is there (which all of you that haven't been there will probably agree on, but do read on to my Colombian blogposts). All I could think is that I was so excited to leave HIS dangerous city, Quito!
People say all kinds of things. If there is one thing you learn by seeing the world, is that there's as many windows of seeing this world as there are people living in it. It's good to inform, but in the end, you're the one experiencing it and forming your opinion.
I tried to make it as far north as possible before nightfall, and made it all the way to the bordertown of Tulcan. 
This town has a very extraordinary cemetary, worth the visit. It's full of giant sculptures shaped out of big bushes. Very whimiscal. Makes me think that who knows in the time of the inca's etc. they also did this or other artforms that didn't last and are now visible in the form of ruins. It definitely was an interesting place to stop by! And I wished a lot that I could have zapped Marieke to me, as I know she would have loved this even more than I did.

So, goodbye Ecuador!
I was never thinking to explore you. Somebody told me Ecuador has everything but nothing 'the best'. Not the waterfalls of Iguasu, not Machu Picchu of Peru, not the jungle of Brazil etc.
However I've enjoyed it a LOT. THe lush greenness was for me amazing. I stayed the full allowed 3 months, thanks to volunteering almost 2 months in the jungle.
Your jungle is famous for he BIGGEST insects. I got used to having bugs (and big ones) around me, to cold showers, I got even attacked by mentally agressive monkeys. I can say I pushed my limits, a lot. And how much do you feel that you are REALLY living when doing that!
I love how relatively small you are. In less than 1 day you can get from the capital to jungle, volcanoes, the beach, etc. I definitely loved it. Also the bakeries in Quito are delicious, french-style buns and breads, yummy!
I saw some friends back, like Maria-Eugenia whom I met in Bolivia, and Amit who I met in 6 other countries now. The world is small for the traveling souls :)
Hereby I want to add that I definitely highly recommend visiting Ecuador! Comfortable to travel in, a ton of variety, and the giant cherry on the cake, the magical galapagos island, makes it one of the favorite countries I visited on this trip.



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