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this is rediculous...

breakfast was internesting... the owner could tell i was a gringo... so he asked if i wanted a english menu... of course i said yes...  after i got it... i noticed all the prices had stickers on them with a 50 cent increase... damn... once again - spanish could have saved me some money...

went to the teleferiqo today... taxi was $3... the admission was $8... only $4.50 for ecuadorians - lame...  15 minute ride in a cable car up to 4100km base where they had shops, etc... walked around for a bit and then took a little trail that totally kciked my ass.. would have thought by now i would be adjusted to this altitude... stayed around for a bit.... the clouds prevent any decent pictures of the city below... c´est la vie... one more thing to add to my growing distaste for this city...

left teleferiqo to quito and had the cabbie drop me off at ¨la Bascilica¨...  the entrance he dropped me off looked a little funny, but i didnt question it... walked in and next thing i know im surrounded by litterally thousands of tumbs in this catacomb...  i tried to keep my camera activity discrete as i didnt want to seem like douche bag...  row after row after row... hall after hall after hall of graves stacked atleast 10 high....  even more for the cremated tombs...  i walked around and i could hear the echos of crying... a  lot of pain in these halls...  i kept walking and found another wing... just mind boggleing...  id say 70% of the spot were filled... plenty more pain to be realized...  more walking and entered a hall which deadended and as i returned i encountered a family stopping ahead... the matriach began crying... nah... weeping for whomever was gone... a quick ´permiso´and i blundered through the unconfortableness of my obvious tourist-ness and out of the situation... 

i walked around looking for what the guide book promised as spectacular views of the city... found the front of the cathedral and doged in through the rain... incredible - no, awesome architecture... and to think it was done in the early part of the 20th century... ceilings were what felt like 100 feet high... different gargoyles poised around the outside of the building - preventing the something more scinister (sp) from entering?  i climbed the top of one of the towers and found a catwalk over the top of the cathedral 100´ long...  i was walking over the 12 oclock mass... heh... at the end were steps that looked more like a vertical ladder... at the top i found two more ladders that were worse than the previous, the rain didnt help my psuedo-vertigo...  the top was worth the effort, but the rain and cold made time short...  i also found distubring the kids (15?) who made out at the top and wrote their names on the walls on the towers of this cathedral...  but maybe im just old...

after leaving there i made my way back the 10 blocks to the center of town remembering how old quito does not appear to have any washeterias or decent internet connections... combined with my shit hole of a hostel... im now looking forward to my flight tomorrow and not the 10 hrs of somethign ill have to do until that time...

-t

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