18.03.2015 - 18.03.2015
We had a pretty good night's sleep and awoke to cold, fog and rain. Very disappointing as we were hoping to have a view of the mountains surrounding Quito. We went down for breakfast to a lovely room and a fantastic selection of food, especially the fruit. It's still raining and miserable so we stayed in the room for the best part of the morning. We read a couple of tourist books about Quito and decided to brave the weather and get a taxi to the local under cover market. It wasn't very busy but the alley ways were quite narrow so we paid attention to our belongings.
I bought a nice pink wooden necklace and Phil bought a panama hat. It's quite nice and suits him. We wandered along the streets but there is not much around here at all. We saw the big park that Paul Kelly mentioned and decided to be very brave and eat locally.
Phil had shrimps (prawns) in a creamy, lemony sauce. It was a cold dish. I had rice, salad, chips and a "flattened" fish in batter. It was quite nice and so far we have had no ill effects.
We caught a taxi back to the hotel and spent the afternoon reading and blogging.
We had a room service light snack for dinner, after our big lunch. We're not too sure about wandering around the streets at night. It probably isn't a very good idea.
There are sirens blaring out here all the time. We now have a map of Quito and know where the city proper is, so will venture into there tomorrow.