First time in Quito - first impressions
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November 18th, 2009 – by: alexindc
I Immediately meet a gringo from Canada who wanted to share a cab. Keep in mind this is the first fellow gringo I've actually spoken to in 5 days, as there were pretty much none in Medellin. However he was going to new town and I was going to old town so we said safe travels and went on our separate ways.
I purchaced a voucher inside the airport. The guidebooks are a little out of date because it cost $15 not $7.
Arrived at the hotel to find a very nice old mansion that was converted to a hotel with a couple of resturaunts and shops on the street level. I'm in the heart of old town which is absolutely beautiful. Lots of small shops selling everything from alpaca clothing to dress clothes to chicken/pork rice dishes. And I can walk to the corner and see the bastillia in one direction and el panecillio (sp?) in the other. Very pretty.
Last night I met another American from Utah at the hotel. I ran into him this morning and after talking to him I ended up tagging along with him, his friend and a girl from Boston to el mitad del mundo.
Then, the girl decided to go see some nearby ruins. The rest of us hopped a bus back to town. We made it to northen Quito to this really large and modern mall. I decided to go check it out while everyone else hopped a cab back to old town to meet a friend coming in this afternoon.
My main purpose for going to the mall was to find a Quito futbol jersey. Found them at a store called Marathon, and discovered that they are alot cheaper here than in the USA. However I didn't have enough on me so I hopped a cab back to old town. I'm going to get that jersey before I leave though.
Then I spent the afternoon wandering old town. A protest broke out at plaza municipal, and I walked the other way when I saw riot police coming in.
Got a lunch plate of chicken, salad and potatoes for about $2. There are tons of cheap and good eateries around old town.
Tomorrow: el panecillo, teleferico and hopefully finding some cuy!
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