March 08, 2008 GMT
DAY 36 - Ecuador

"HALF THE FUN OF THE TRAVEL IS THE ESTHETIC OF LOSTNESS".
Ray Bradbury

We had breakfast and went to the shopping center to get cash from three different automatic tellers. Finally, one gave us what we wanted with a surcharge of 1,50 per transaction. We left Ibarra to go to Quito, we enjoyed the way, after having done about 60 kms. The highway is divided in two, we took the one on the left via Cayambe and a few minutes later we were in the centre or middle of the Earth, the equator, according to a guide who was there it has a millimetre of error. Ever since we left Ibarra, it is all populated along the Panamerican Highway. I liked Quito very much, It has a very modern and new system of highways, of course we got lost non the less entering the city and finding the Historical Centre which is very pretty. The traffic was chaotic and we got lost trying to go south and re take the Panamerican highway. Once we were right, we aimed for Riobamba since the next day at 7a.m we had to board a train which only leaves on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But after a few kms it began to rain, i got soaked, Shorty with better gear was alright. We arrived at a hotel and nobody took care of to us, it stopped raining so we continued on and it began to rain once more with avengeance. We entered a hotel which looked promising on the outside but once inside was not so, Hotel Castillo del Valle for $US12,00 not recommended. I didn't shower and slept fully clothed.
I would like to clarify that the prices are always per room, until now Shorty and I have not yet found the need to share, both preferring some privacy. After all we see each other all throughout the day and generally we have our meals together, so by the end of the day we want to be left alone.

SAME TEXT HERE IN SPANISH: Día 36 martes 4 $ U.S Dollars

Desayunamos y fuimos a un shopping center a sacar plata de tres cajeros automáticos el ultimo nos dio lo que queríamos con un recargo de 1.50 por transacción.

Dejamos Ibarra para ir a Quito, disfrutamos el camino después de haber hecho unos 60 kms. La carretera se divide en dos, tomamos la de la izquierda por Cayambe y a los pocos minutos estábamos en el medio del mundo o centro, la línea del ecuador, según un guía que estaba ahí con un milímetro de error. Desde que dejamos Ibarra casi todo poblado por la panam.

Me gusto mucho Quito, esta rodeado por una parabólica, el sistema de carreteras muy moderno y nuevo, por supuesto que nos perdimos para entrar y encontrar el Centro Histórico que es muy bonito, el trafico caótico y nos perdimos para tomar la panam Sur cuando nos encontramos con el camino apuntamos para Riobamba que el próximo día a las 7 a.m teníamos que tomar un tren que sale solo lunes, miércoles y viernes, pero después de unos kms empezó a llover, me empape, Shorty con mejor equipo iba mejor, llegamos a un hotel y nadie nos atendía, paro de llover seguimos empezó la lluvia con venganza, entramos a un hotel que de afuera lucia prometedor pero ya adentro no era así, Hotel Castillo del Valle 12.00 N.R dormí vestido sin ducha, aclaro que los precios son siempre por cada pieza o cuarto, hasta ahora no tuvimos la necesidad de compartir con Shorty y los dos preferimos la privacidad, después de vernos todo el día, las comidas generalmente las tenemos juntos, ambos queremos estar solos.


Posted by Hugo Albini at March 08, 2008 09:41 AM GMT
 
 

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