Quito was a massive shock to my system. I went to Ecuador because I wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. Quito was an after thought. I had heard it was pretty. And that was about it.
My first college roommate was from Ecuador and that had always made me want to visit the country but her family lives in Guayaquil so I’d never considered Quito.
Much to my surprised, I absolutely adored the city!
Check out the glass on the wall to keep people out. All we heard from every single person that found out we were in Ecuador was how dangerous a city Quito is. Never once did I feel unsafe. A guy on the street grabbed my ass (and I flipped the fuck out on him, but that’s a different story). But that was the worst that ever happened.
Ash and I loved every single minute of this entire trip!
I think we were both surprised by how much fun we had.
I mean, obviously when we travel together, we expect we’re going to have fun…as we tend to do. But we had a BLAST. I don’t think more than a few hours ever went by without one (or both) of us saying, “Don’t you love it here? I LOVE IT HERE!”
In Quito, we didn’t actually do much of anything touristy aside from walk around, talk pictures and go to Mitad del Mundo one day.
The people were quite friendly, though not to the level of the Peruvians.
I think they must have a law that says all businesses have to use the same font for their store signs because everywhere looked this! It was weird, but cool.
At the main plaza, at least three people walked up to me while I was taking pictures and told me to be careful with my camera. It was SO WEIRD. There weren’t even flaites around. We were also told to watch out for the little kids that act as thieves but we didn’t see any of those either.
Like I said, we paid a visit to Mitad del Mundo, which is where the Equator line runs through. It’s a touristy little village set up with shops and restaurants but it’s kind of cute. There’s a church there and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to photograph a wedding on the actual Equator?!”
Alas, I didn’t see any brides and grooms around. So Ash and I just bought really cool sparkly disco ball earrings to wear out so that whenever anybody says, “I like those earrings,” we can say, “Thanks! I GOT THEM ON THE EQUATOR!”
PS. I’ve done like that three times now and it never gets old.
Modern day Jesus.
The Mitad del Mundo village is about 45 minutes away from the center of town (I think, we weren’t staying exactly in the center, but close enough) and the taxi right there only cost us 8 dollars, or something stupid cheap like that. It was nuts! All of Ecuador, with the exception of the Galapagos, was stupid cheap.