18.04.2013 - 21.04.2013
Quito is another stunning mountain city in Ecuador. At 9350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world. Centro Histórico in Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. Wikipedia comes in so handy sometimes.
We felt that altitude, especially the first day or two. I went for a run the second morning of our stay, and certainly did a lot of mouth-breathing. Having cool things to look at took my mind off my roaring heart rate.
The weather in Quito followed the same pattern the three days we were there: brilliant, intense sun in the morning, with rain beginning by 1-2 pm, lasting until at least 7 pm, and then intermittently through the night. We arrived during an all-out thunderstorm, complete with hail!
Took a great city tour (in the morning, of course), producing many photos to be posted soon on FB. We ventured into New Town for one evening. Went to an Irish Pub, drank Ecuadorian beer, and were assaulted by boomba-boomba-boomba music. Then we found a brewpub with passable beer and a friendly bartender. Nights in Centro Histórico were entertaining, with Sunny & Cricket being the center of attention.
This is somewhat off the subject, because I don't believe it occurred in Quito. However, I have been meaning to address this. A common gesture in Latin America seems to be the wagging of one's finger at another individual. I usually get it when I try to bring the pups into the establishment of an uptight proprietor. It is difficult to think of anything that raises the hair on the back of my neck more immediately. My instinct, which I have stifled to date, is to slap the guilty party's face: whacka-whacka-whacka. Or, if I'm lazy, simply giving the finger. Check. Got that off my chest.
And today, we have made it back into Colombia! Again, the scenery around the Ecuador-Colombia is indescribable.
Tomorrow: back to the heat of Calí!