Hey hey guys,
Thought it may be a good time to give you all our first update although there is not too much to report yet.
Sooooo after 25 hours of airports, planes and a hairy connection in Frankfurt we arrived in Quito at around lunch time on Friday.
We have taken it easy these first couple of days due to jet-lag and being un-acclimatised to Quito’s elevation of 2850m- it’s a strange feeling, we feel out of breath often, even when we are lying in bed. It can also give you headaches but with us it is hard to tell whether they are due to altitude or sleep deprivation.
Our hostel room is pretty basic to say the least. We are in a metal shed, out the back and separate from the main hostel. The large steel door looks like it has been taken straight from an old prison and I (Grace) can’t leave the room on my own as I am too much of a weakling to shut it.
Yesterday we planned to go for a wander, have some dinner and then have an early night but we soon realised it was a public holiday and to top it all off Ecuador were playing Uruguay in the World Cup Qualifiers. Town was mental!!! We watched the game while tucking into fajitas, sharing a table with four Ecuadorian women who were avid supporters. It was fun, luckily they won so the atmosphere was great- in fact you would have thought they just won the World Cup. We called it a night after that but everyone else was up till the early hours- they are particularly fond of the car horn celebration.
Today we have done little apart from head from one tour guide to another trying to get a good deal on a Galapagos trip- we booked one for this Friday, it seems amazing but of course we spent more money than we planned to. Soooo excited though.
There seems to be an epic thunder storm every day here at around the same time but today must have been especially large as it caused power cuts all around town and meant that Mike and I had to cook our dinner by candle light. Slightly worrying given the state of the kitchen appliances but it was quite amusing.
Hope everyone is good at home,
All our love, Gracie and Mike x x x
- Day 1 Quito Ecuador (thebirdandbee.wordpress.com)