Dec. 14-17: Still breathless in Old Quito and The Middle of the World!
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I spent Saturday, walking around Old Quito on beautiful cobbled stone streets, losing my breath on mild inclines, and hanging out at an internet café, well-positioned near a public bathroom. After a short walk and lunch at a local restaurant I chose after giving up on finding the one in the guidebook, I found myself back at the internet café, where I am perfectly comfortable. I managed to take the really cheap public transportation back to relatively close to my homestay and cab it back. I’ve noticed that big Latin American cities like Lima and Quito have very polluted air. I chalk it up to all the fumes-spewing, diesel-running vehicles.
I spent the rainy afternoon back in the (dry) homestay.
He has this little dog, aptly named Pequeña (small in Spanish).
His father, Miguel, took to me quickly after he learned of my affinity for bullfighting and was impressed with my knowledge of Spanish matadors (they're the best in the world!).
I spent Sunday, visiting La Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World), a generally gimmicky mini-Disneyland dedicated to the where the Equator supposedly passes through Quito. There was a cool ethnic museum and performances by locals with deafeningly loud music. I spent the rainy afternoon in bed watching Simpsons, Smallville, Charmed, and Jersey Girl in Spanish.