Waking up really early and starting the long drive to Guayaquil...

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so sweet, they made me breakfast :)
It was 5:30am, when I woke up. I was careful to make not too much noise, since Jerry was still sleeping. Anyway, I woke him up, to say goodbye. Hope our paths cross again soon. We had a great time hanging out together. Yesterday, I asked the guy at the front desk to help me asking for a cab since I'd leave early in the morning. He did it so and furthermore, it was to early for breakfast, but he fixed me a fruit salad, how lovely!

I arrived to the station at 6:10am, hehe. Everything was so close here, hehe. None of the offices were open yet. I was waiting for my bus, the buses there didn't go to Guayaquil. Then I saw a man running and waving. He asked me: "Guayaquil?". I said yes and he grabbed my big backpack and asked me to follow him.
"Making the difference", yes they did! I was expecting a long but comfortable and easy going ride, but was quite an experience
The bus wouldn't stop inside the terminal, just on the street. Ok, that's funny, hahaha.

Bus was coming from somewhere else. There were already people inside. It wasn't crowded and I found my seat. I had 2 seats for my own, yay! I took of my purse, my ipod and minigunther and was ready for the long drive. It was supposed to be a direct bus, or at least I was told so...

I was expecting 1 - 2 stops in the main cities, but no! Bus stopped every single little town. Of course this made the drive longer, but this wasn't the only thing. Twice we stopped because they were working on the roads and these stops lasted 30 - 40min. OMG!!! First time we were in the middle of nowhere. I looked through the window and could notice it was really cold outside. I had forgetting about the maintenance works, so I was afraid the bus wasn't working and we'd be stuck in a chilly town and there was no cellphone signal, oh no!!! Fortunately it was not like that.
oh no! Battery is about dying!!!
Ufff. I was eating some fruit I got at the terminal and tried to enjoy the ride. People next to me were changing the whole time, hahaha. Once I saw a girl standing in the middle of the bus, so I told her she could see next to me and next thing, she called her grandfather, lol!

It was around 11am, when I got a message from Shawn. Then he called me. I was in my way to Guayaquil and so was he. The small difference was that he was flying!!! At that time he was at the airport, enjoying the a/c and wi-fi, while I was in a non so comfortable bus, so thirsty - I wans't drinking everything afraid of the idea of going to the restrooms there - and he was just laughing about that. The lady next to me found it sort of funny how I was talking in English. So after hanging up, I started to talk to her.

She told me her stop was close, just 30min away and then I'd have to wait 1 hr to arrive to Guayaquil. Finally!!! We were chatting until she left. Then I turned on my iPod again and oh, oh! Battery was about dying. IPod was brave, and lasted as much as possible. It made me company most of the time, just left me 15min before arriving to the terminal.

Ok, I was back in the city. Now, I was just hopping Shawn was waiting for me at the terminal :P
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so sweet, they made me breakfast :)
so sweet, they made me breakfast :)
Making the difference, yes they …
"Making the difference", yes they…
oh no! Battery is about dying!!!
oh no! Battery is about dying!!!
the station was empty... shhh
the station was empty... shhh
inside the bus
inside the bus
getting to Riobamba
getting to Riobamba
in every town people were coming w…
in every town people were coming …
keeping it safe...
keeping it safe...
a child holding Minigunther, lol
a child holding Minigunther, lol
oh no! it died... :(
oh no! it died... :(
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Bus to and from Banos - Riobamba
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