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The morning starts with coffee and juice and then there are lessons from 8:30 until 12:30, which we have in an airy room next to my bedroom. Lunch is around 1 and then at 2 o’clock Fran takes me into the city. There’s a very steep walk to catch the bus, USD0.20 each. We then catch another bus to La Mariscal which is gringoland. The second busride is great as I have the seat at the front. The bus stops at covered stations in the centre of the road and the door comes down to make a ramp. Not sure whether it’s the same as those in Box Hill. They are making some of the roads, so it’s a bit messy. We find a travel agency which Hayley has recommended as I’m considering flying to the jungle for the weekend, however apparently you can’t fly from Quito and you need at least four days, so I’ll give that a miss.
Then we go to an optician to see if they make glasses very cheaply here, but since there’ll be no guarantee, nor health fund rebate and they’ll cost at least USD160, it’s not worth the hassle. I find an ATM that will take my Maestro Card.
We walk around for a while, have an ice-cream USD0.65 each, and then catch the bus USD0.25 for me, USD0.12 for Fran (65 and over) back to the Old City, the historical centre, where the Main Plaza is. Fran takes me around the area, telling me about places and people of interest. We visit the Main Plaza, the Plaza of San Francisco and the old area of La Ronda.
BTW Mariana speaks English, but Fran and the children very little English. Mariana nearly always speaks to me in Spanish. We are supposed to speak only in Spanish at mealtimes and usually I speak in Spanish (or try to) most other times. Hayley and I enjoy speaking English when we’re together.