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Where have all the Sacageweas gone?

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Ecuador facts:

- Slightly smaller than Nevada
- Oil revenue represents 40% of export GDP
- Number one importer of American Sacagewea dollar coins (I am not making this up. In 2000, Ecuador adopted the US Dollar as their official currency and I now have three Sacageweas in my back pocket.)

So how is Ecuador? In short, kind of like Mexico, but with very bland food. I have to carry a bottle of the local hot sauce ¨Indio Bravo¨ just so I can stomach the food, which consists of rice, potatoes, chicken, and various other flavorless foods served without spice or condiments. Also on the menu is ¨cuy¨ which you and I know as guinea pig. I haven´t had this yet, but most certainly will in the next couple of months.

Having been in Quito for only a week, I have already learned a couple of valuable lessons. First off, hangovers and altitude sickness are a most painful combination. Trust me, if you plan on going over 4000 meters, do not drink a drop the night before or you will have an incurable headache later. One would think that traveling as long as I have, I would now be an astute and prepared traveler. Alas, I was caught without my standard pocket-full-of-toilet-paper in a public toilet that didn´t have a seat, let alone toilet paper. Let´s just say I will need a new travel book if I ever decide to go to French Guiana.

I have been in Quito for over a week now, which is fine except I havn´t really done much. A couple of notable side trips were up the teleférico with Joshua (Laura´s friend´s brother who lives in Quito who showed me around a bit) and to the equator at Midat del Mundo (see the photos for a better story.) Showing up in South America, I thought I would be able to settle in for a few weeks of Spanish classes, but I am too itchy to get out and hike the Andes to be spending my time reviewing ¨preterito indefinido¨. I guess since I have a workable Spanish base, the Spanish classes are more of a bonus than a necessity, and I cannot justify spending more time on them when there is so much out here to see and do. So it looks as if the next four months I will be flying by the seat of my pants as usual.

Tom

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Urban scenery in Quito

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Basilica del Voto Nacional

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Sun trying to peek out behind the tower

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Quito is huge

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Can you believe they let me on top of the basilica?

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Apartments in Downtown Quito

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Am I at USD? (Quito Central Park)

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Very old house in a Quito backyard

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With Joshua at the top of the teleférico

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This is what comes to mind when I think of South America

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Grasses and mountains at 14000 feet

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Mountain path near Quito

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Finally, I am not sweaty after a short hike!

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Someone with a sense of humor knows a bit of English

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Straddling the Equator at Midat Del Mundo

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Midat Del Mundo is most unspectacular

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This renegade equator claims to be the real one.

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Ever want to know how to shrink a head?

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Wait, there´s more...

Posted by tommydavis 15:53 Archived in Ecuador Comments (0)

A Week in Norcal

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Here are some photos of what I did for the last week in Northern California...

I just got finished booking the final trip before my savings are depleted: 3.5 months in South America (probably Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina) followed by 1.5 weeks in Costa Rica. It should be fun.

Tom

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At a hippie potluck with Lea and Dusty in San Francisco

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Tim's painting of the couch my parents gave him and Dusty

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San Francisco Civic Center

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Lea flys a kite on her birthday in SF

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Flowers at Golden Gate Park

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San Francisco skyline from the rooftop

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With my parents in the mountains

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Morning at Forest Meadows golf course

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At the controls of a small aircraft

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TJ having at the sprinkler

Posted by tommydavis 15:53 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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