Sorry for not making the long post I promised yet about my first two months here. I promise I will get on that soon.
In the mean time, my time in Quito is drawing to a close. I will be headed in Guayaquil (the second biggest town in Ecuador) tonight. So I am going to bring you up to speed over what I have been up to in the last two and half days.
In the last two days since my last blog entry, I have been fairly busy. On Tuesday night, I went down to Foch Plaza which was a nice vibrant part of Quito and its night scene. The only problem, I had with it was the fact that all the prices there were inflated by 300% because of the presence of the tourist there. However that being said, it was possible to get 5 liters of homemade "German" beer for only $5.
Beer near foch Plaza at Chervsker
On Wednesday, my day started the same way as many other of my days here. I went to the INIGEMM office where I had a bit a meeting with people working on a project in the region (Portovelo-Zaruma region) where I had been for a while. I had some input on which gold extraction plant to take the samples of tailing from. I also had the Chance to meet with my friend Robert Kaplan who came back from Zaruma and started more of his lab work.
Rob and Diego in the INIGEM lab
During the whole day, one thing was following me around, that is the altitude sickness, Quito being fairly high up (2800m) does not go unnoticed to someone who lived at low altitude for the last 3 years or so. You get migraine headaches, and random muscle pains, even though you do a great job staying hydrate and eating properly. The only solution I found was to take a painkiller to kill the symptoms and of course napping and Showering
During the evening, I was originally planning on going to the old town and explore a bit there. However, some colleagues invited me to the football match. Being an avid fan, I could not say no. The game of Liga de Quito vs Cuenca was great, even though to my disappointment the home side lost 2-0. My friends and I took place in the south stand with all the singing fans. I was so glad I did that because the atmosphere was so much better there than in the rest of the stadium. One of the things that surprised me was how similar some of the Chants were to the ones we had back in Vancouver with the Curva Collective. Later on, I learnt that the Collective had friend and members that we originally from Ecuador and fan of la Liga.
The next morning, my host and I went to buy some furniture for his house as because I was there, it made it easier for us to carry stuff. In the mean time I got to see more of Quito, got the chance to see the National Team stadium and had a lot of fun around the stores. Also bought a new pair of shoes to alleviate my back problems and leg spams which we were due to the shoes and the altitude.
360 of the plaza and the stadium in the back
During the evening, we headed to old town with some friends. The history around the place was awesome, the size of the streets and the way the shops, official building are disposed goes around reminding me some of the older towns in old europe. I really enjoyed the place. We then went to this restaurant which had Salsa dancing. After trying to eat (yes, I could not finish it all) the biggest Empenada, I have ever seen. One of my friends give me a salsa lesson, I wasn't that good but had lots of fun. (also sorry but no photos of the salsa place due to a lack of battery in my phone-camera)
Plaza de la independencia
Plaza in front of the Cathedral of Quito (this photo did not finish rendering before my phone died and therefore it is not as good as it could have been.)
There is more photos on my Facebook if you are interested.
Today I am taking it easy and packing, writing this entry and all before heading tonight to Guayaquil on the bus, from there.
Much love to you all,