Monday.........Quito

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Duck and ducklings, from the window while I have Spanish lessons

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.

View from my bedroom window

 

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.

Coming into Bus station
  We walk a long way and finally end up at a bus stop and catch a bus back to the house, where we arrive after negotiating a steep road, sort of paved, a paddock and paths, in the dark.  We arrive about 8, rather later than planned and have dinner together.  The food is much more palatable than most of the food I’ve eaten in homes or cheaper restaurants and I’m spared such delicacies as soup with chicken feet.

 

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.

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Duck and ducklings, from the windo…
Duck and ducklings, from the wind…
View from my bedroom window
View from my bedroom window
Coming into Bus station
Coming into Bus station
Bus station
Bus station
Hey Judith...Papel Higienico...wel…
Hey Judith...Papel Higienico...we…
Grand Plaza, Monument of Liberty
Grand Plaza, Monument of Liberty
San Francisco Plaza
San Francisco Plaza
Sagreda Church
Sagreda Church
Fran outside home of famous Saint …
Fran outside home of famous Saint…
La Ronde
La Ronde
Main bus terminal, full of sellers…
Main bus terminal, full of seller…
Quito
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