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Quito, Ecuador - Thursday, 19 March 2015

Visit to the centre of Quito

overcast 18 °C

The weather looked a bit brighter this morning when we woke. There is still a lot of mist and fog covering the mountain but at least the road is dry, which is encouraging. So after breakfast we hopped in a taxi and headed for the main square of Quito. Our taxi driver's name is Gregory.

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(For some reason I am unable to upload any pictures into my blog which is causing me great concern. I was going to finish the Chilean Fjords blogs today, but now this obstacle.)

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On the way down town, we spied a huge statue of an angel up on a hill, so asked the driver to take us up there first. He did and on the way we drove through some amazingly narrow, windy streets, up very steep hills. The view over the city from up there was great and because it was reasonably fine, we could see a lot of the houses built on the side of the mountains. Quito is a very hilly/mountainous city.

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We were dropped off in the city centre and there is obviously something going on. There are groups of police on every corner - thousands of them - with batons, shields, dogs and mounted. A girl came out of a museum and told us they were closing the museum at 12 noon, because there is going to be a demonstration against the Government for higher wages. The demo should start at about 4pm, so it would be wise for us to get out of the city by 2pm or else we may not find a taxi. Even though there are a lot of demonstrators around, we feel pretty safe because there are police every few metres.

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Phil found a barber and proceeded to have a hair cut, followed by a shave. Turns out the place he chose is quite famous. The barber took about 45mins and gave Phil a great haircut. While all this was happening, I was standing in the doorway taking photos of the main square. At one stage, I couldn't get out the door because 20 of the police dog squad were lined up out the front. We'll have to watch the local TV news tonight to see what happened.

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This is how you spell Button in Spanish.

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I'm not sure how these spikes are supposed to protect the window or the display!

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Pinyata (not sure how to spell that) shops everywhere.

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We wandered a few blocks away from the main square and came to the San Francisco Square where there is a lovely church, purportedly built over an Inca temple in 1535. There was a nice little restaurant there so we sat outside and had a nice relaxing lunch. I had nacchos and a chocolate milkshake and Phil had Shrimp Encocoda De Cameron. We enjoyed our meal. The weather is cooling down and looks like rain.

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We walked a few more blocks, police on every corner and hailed a taxi and came back to the hotel. We went for a short walk to the supermarket and on the way stopped into a small market. I looked at some Alpaca scarves but they were a bit scratchy. Still deciding whether to buy them here or in Peru. Back at the hotel I learnt that there are different quality Alpaca scarves so maybe the more expensive ones will be a lot softer.

Spent the night in our room relaxing as our next and final tour starts tomorrow and from the look of the itinerary, it is going to be full on.

Posted by gaddingabout 08:43 Archived in Ecuador

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