|Right before I began leaping around crazily!|
Friday we were off in a taxi (2 hrs, $55) to Otavalo. Kelsey dutifully took her dramamine, Daniel dutifully blew up her neck pillow, and she was off to sleep.
|Taking a walk in Otovalo, EC|
Saturday was a total tourist day, we ate in a fancy restaurant for Breakfast.
|Indian headdress... I really don't get this..|
|Awesome spanking spoons!|
|Local ladies walking by a stand selling indigenous clothing|
Back in Quito we took a taxi back to our hotel where we had left the luggage. They were nice enough to hold it for us while we traveled to Otovalo. We would recommend the Eugenia;
http://www.eugeniahotel.com/en/rooms.htm the people are very helpful, most speak some English, the rooms are comfy,the water is hot and it is in the new part of town.
On Monday we met up with a local Epat, Liliya Bykova. She gives walking tours of Quito. We were a bit rushed for time and she was so sweet to take us as her husband had minor surgery just a few hours before our scheduled trip! If you like history and local folklore tales she can fill your needs. She was awesome. I think Randy and the kids were a bit cross eyed with all the history, but I loved it. Next time I am going to just see if I can get a private tour!
|This is where the indepence movement began, among the poets and artists on this street.|
|Liliya Bykova herding us along.|
|Under remodeling.. I loved the huge photo covering the front..|
|I don't know why I cant get this to stay straight up, but the look on his face tells you he is ready to be done..|
|Another sideways ones, but all that is GOLD LEAF!|
|Group shot in the square of the City Library.|
The traffic in Quito is awful. It took us an hour in a taxi to get from our hotel to the Santa Domingo Plaza, were we were to meet Liliya. When the tour was over, Liliya took us on the bus that has its own line through town. Now I know why they are so packed.. its faster. We paid our .25 cents and got in line. Liliya decided we needed someone more savvy with the bus routes to assist, so she struck up a conversation with a gentleman and he assisted with getting us in the correct bus, hopping off at the first stop to get in line for another bus, and then made sure we got off near our hotel. He was very sweet, and he offered us his business card as we left.. He was the head of Education in Quito! He was very nice to let us take a picture of him and his children before we left.