15.11.2011 - 18.11.2011
Boarder of Ecuador – Ipailes
Finally I am making my way to my next South American destination, Quito city in Ecuador. So the bus journey was a long one where I didn’t realise it was a non express bus which meant that it had stopped whenever anyone who would hail it down. Got to Quito and went to The Secret Garden a recommended hostel – screwing when I had to walk up 4 flights of stairs to get to the roof top for the reception desk after a 10hrs bus journey not forgetting the lack of food that I had! Got there and I told a white lie on how I had already pre-booked the room…ouch! But luckily they had rooms available which was a bonus, next was dinner and guess what they had nothing! Not even a chocolate bar….after a bit of rummaging around the chef did scrap the last of the evenings veg curry which was cold but boy was I grateful! I had my dinner on this amazing view of Quito city, the night lights with huge mountains in the back ground I could not wait for the morning to see the view in its full glory. I was glad to see the roof terrace full of other travellers – I’d must admit it was a typical backpacker imagine where there was a big circle of travellers around this open fire (in a wheel barrel) some playing the guitar, clapping hands, braided hair with a million and one wrist bands lol it was here where I met Katherine (Kate) from South London! Through Kate I met another Kate from Australia and Ida from Sweden! All 3 had been travelling together for at least a month if not longer.
I had spent a majority of my time here in Ecuador with the girls’ which was great! Quito itself was big! It had some familiar facades that I have seen during my travels - the colonial look. One evening I remember we were all just walking around looking for a place to eat or something and we came across a lot of the locals in shops, restaurants well anywhere that had a tv (which in this case everywhere you would find a TV even in the church!) this could only mean 1 thing and that was the futbol was on! I don’t know who was playing but the crowd went crazy as in happy and excited – very passionate. My vivid memory of this was passing a KFC that was packed out with all locals including the managers, customers, cleaners etc all inside were glued to the tv lol!
Here in Quito I managed to find a Hare Krishna run restaurant / temple called Govinda’s. The girls were interested in coming along and checking it out. It was amazing inside and weird to see HK speak Spanish lol The food was amazing and a lot of it. Ok so here in South America you could eat on the cheap as in real cheap! All you need to do is order the meal of the day aka Almuerzos. This normally includes a soup, a main course which will always come with rice, salad with either some sort of meat, fish or veg (tortilla which is egg lol) and a drink. I didn’t realise how many Indians I came across here in Ecuador esp. in Quito…it was a good feeling.