Flying and more flying
Quito Travel Blog› entry 2 of 166 › view all entries
September 19th, 2009 – by: rem120
It was a really long journey to get here, but it turned out to be better than I was expecting. I got about 3 hours sleep the night before we got a taxi to the airport at 4:30am. The flight from Melbourne to Sydney was not surprisingly uneventful. From Sydney to Buenos Aires took about 13 hours, and although the window seat usually only gave me ocean, clouds or night sky, when we crossed over the Andes at the far south of Chile it was impressive.
I was the only one of us four who hadn’t done the onward flight to Quito on the same booking, so when we got off the plane I had a mad mission to collect my bag, depart customs, check my bag back in at the front counter, and go back through customs again.
Getting into Buenos Aires airport was my first experience with real world Spanish. I have done some lessons on my own but it’s the bare basics and the speed at which they talk in reality is pretty daunting.
We actually flew to Quito with stop-overs in Santiago (Chile) and Guayaquil (Ecuador). I had a window seat again for this flight and got some incredible views of the Andes as we crossed over from Buenos Aires to Santiago. The photos give a good idea of what it was like.
We got to Quito at about 8:30pm local time, which was by then about 11:30am the next day in Melbourne. I had slept on and off for short periods over the flights, and at one point from Santiago to Guayaquil I was feeling really average, but when we landed in Quito I wasn’t too bad.
After we checked in to the hotel we were quite hungry so we got taxis to the New Town area - there is another name for it that escapes me - and had dinner at a classy joint. It was cheaper than home but certainly very upmarket for Ecuador, so it will be one of very few times we do that. It was good to hear all the stories from Vanessa and Mark, especially about the climbing they have done.
We got to bed maybe around midnight and Sam and I were woken up at about 6am by these explosion-like sounds going off in the distance every minute or so. We really couldn’t tell what they were, but they were very loud and if I had heard them in Melbourne I would have been worried. Instead I am in Quito so I just assumed it was something inocuous. We have just had a good breakfast here up on the terrace of the roof and got our first daylight views of Quito. I think we can see Rucu Pichincha in the distance which we are hoping to tackle in a couple of days time. Mark and Vanessa have made it to the summit despite bad altitude sickness so that makes me more confident than I was before. I haven’t really felt any altitude sickness in the 12 hours I’ve been here, although I notice walking around takes my breath away a bit. We are intending to walk around Quito a lot today so we will see how hard that is.
So I’m here but yet to start tackling the city, so plenty more news to come...
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