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Rachel and James in South America


ECUADOR | Tuesday, 12 February 2008 | Views [511] | Comments [9]


We made it !

Our first day in Quito - spent lots of time wandering around the city in the morning. First impressions, slightly overwhelming as there is so much traffic and seemingly very few rules! The buildings are amazing, all different shapes and colours. From our hostel there is an incredible view over the city, it sprawls as far as you can see into the hills and mountains in the distance, it looks just like a sea of rooftops.

We visited some of the museums and churches - best one was the monastery of Santa Catalina. The guide there didn´t speak any English, so I (Rachel) had to translate it all for James and we managed to get the gist of most of what he had to say. He took us up into the bell tower, then out onto the roof, where we had, as the guidebook say "the weirdest view of Quito".

For lunch, we tried the traditional Ecuadorian speciality... Empanadas de verde (basically toasted bread with cheese, not very impressive), for 40cents (20p). It´s odd how cheap everything is here, especially food and drink.

We spent the evening on the rooftop terrace above the hostel, chatting to other guests around a fire in a wheelbarrow. It was great, especially when you looked up to see the view of Quito at night, all lit up.

Tags: Sightseeing



¡Hola!, glad to hear that you arrived safely, little niece of mine. Hope you are having a great time and don't do anything your father wouldn't!!
Adio your favourite aunt xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  Aunty Diana Feb 15, 2008 8:46 AM


Hello! We have Skype so give us a call sometime. Journal and photos look good - is that our duvet cover? x x x

  Robsons4 Feb 15, 2008 9:10 AM


Hi Quito looks amazing. Keep up the journal and the photos! Mx

  Mx Feb 15, 2008 10:42 AM


Hey Rach, (AND Jolliffe of course!!!)
I'm ever so slightly intrigued about "the weirdest view of Quito", and Joll has posted many pictures of it, which are lovely- get him to put a description on the "weirdest" one. :-)
My skype is Kimberley235. I head back to Oz in just under 2 weeks, but am currently 18 hours ahead of you. How crazy is that. Have fun, be good.
Im thinking of you, lots,
and miss you, heaps.

Kimberley xxx

  Kimberley Feb 21, 2008 10:34 PM


Good to see more photos.James looks really smart in his blue shirt and waistcoat! Too much grease on his hair though,The outfit wont go down well in the cloud forest may be a bit uncomfortable !!
Take care
Have fun

  Mum Feb 22, 2008 9:02 PM


hey all!

just realised if i scrolled down i cud send u a message. hope you two are ok, looks like u r havin a great time! be safe, n dnt do anything i wouldnt do lol
robbie xxx

  rob james Feb 24, 2008 2:12 AM


Hello you two,
It all sounds so lovely and exciting and thats just the beginning.Have fun.
Love Claire x

  claire kent Feb 25, 2008 7:49 AM


you need to keep upadting this! im sure you have more pictures you could upload. im dieing to see what you are up to!! glad you are both having an amazing time and take care! (especially you rachel!) xxxxxxxx

  charlie Mar 16, 2008 10:18 PM


Bonjourno people! It is so weird being back at easter without you two! Pretty much it's been cruddy so far, but I'm stuck with my lanky uncle neil.. he asks if you've been "done" by an inca yet.. pretty obscene yes? His words.. "inca in the stinker"..

I do hope that only you two can read this comment.. otherwise people are going to think I'm a rather uncouth person.

Anyway, get some more pics up, and how is it all going? Been into the cambodian jungle yet? Been harrassed by drug dealers? Tryin to get you to earn a bit of extra dollar??? hahaha

Anyway, hope you're having fun, and I am missing you, it's been a bit odd without you 2! Take care, have fun and remember.. don't mention the war! (Falklands)

Muchos lovos xxxxxx

  Lukey Baby Mar 24, 2008 6:42 AM

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