Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ancient History, Volume XX

In the last installment, there was some trauma. And y'all should get travel insurance any time you leave the country, JUST IN CASES. (Seriously)

In the end, I had less than 24 hours in Lima the second time around. This meant I didn't see Ness from the time I left the hospital until I got back to Melbourne six weeks later. The idea of spending six weeks travelling on my own was more than a little terrifying. Thankfully, there were three other people from the Peru trip going on to Ecaudor with me, which eased me into things!

Our trip to Ecuador started with London Bound's (totally a code name) need to obtain a Filet o' Fish. She had (and I assume still has) this thing that she has to eat a Filet o' Fish in every country she visits. And she hadn't yet had one in Peru. Luckily, there was a Macca's (Mickey D's to you, America) at the airport and - after waiting FORTY FIVE MINUTES (seriously, who waits 45 minutes for Macca's?!) for the breakfast menu to end - she finally had her Filet o' Fish. Things were off to a good start.

The flight to Quito was uneventful, with the exception of them telling us we were about to land approximately 90 seconds before the wheels hit the tarmac. We got to our hotel without any problems, and shortly after that, we headed into the old city to have a look around, and possibly find a tapas bar. Sadly, everything was closed, and there was an ENORMOUS religious festival going on. After getting caught in several panic-inducing crushes, we decided to abandon ship on the old city and headed back to the new town. By the time we got back there, we were all starving (due to it being 5pm and the fact that we hadn't eaten since that Macca's at 11am). And so the tapas snack that we were planning on having suddenly turned into "let's each order an appetiser plate and stuff ourselves on mozzarella sticks and potato skins". Whoops?

The next day, London Bound got a roommate. This was something of a shock to her, because during the Peru trip, there were an odd number of girls so she'd had a room to herself the entire trip. Her new roommate was lovely, but was also about sixty, from Queensland, and on her first ever overseas trip. She was travelling with nothing but a carry-on suitcase, which contained three changes of clothing. She showered in her clothes to save on going to the laundromat. And every rum and Coke she drank, she sighed a little because it wasn't Bundaberg rum. So yes. She was a little...eccentric.

We spent a good chunk of the rest of the day out at "The City at the Middle of the World", otherwise known as an uber-tacky tourist attraction build at(ish) the equator. 

Now is the point where I confess that I never realised that the equator ran through Ecuador before I went there. Uh, Past Kirsti? EQUATOR. ECUADOR. These are not dissimilar words. You are a moron.


Past Me is in the north and south hemispheres at the same time. WHEEEE!!

Once we'd finished taking typical tourist photos, we headed back to the hotel and pottered about the new town until it was time for our briefing. There, we discovered that this tour would ALSO include a Watermelon-esque couple, although not nearly as bad as Mr and Mrs Watermelon. This young married couple were taking a year long, round-the-world honeymoon, and her parents had decided to travel with them (AWWWWWWWWKWARD) for a month. So at the briefing, her mother asked all kinds of questions like "Will we need to bring our own bed linen on the boat?" 

Can we just stop and marvel at that question for a second? Because not only did she think that it was a possibility. She thought it was such a STRONG possibility that she carried sheets and towels ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA. How she had space in her luggage for anything but those is completely beyond me! (And no. We didn't need to supply our own linen) 

The four of us from the Peru trip had dinner together that night at the most incredible restaurant of EVER. If you ever happen to be in the new town of Quito and feel in need of a bite to eat, GO TO BOCA DE LOBO. Because it is AMAAAAAAAZING. They have spectacular cocktails and quite possibly the most fantastic raclettes of EVER. (Although I'm not sure how it would be possible to go wrong with a giant plate of melted cheese!) #OMNOMNOMNOM

They also had quite spectacularly enormous hot chocolates:

Their motto was "Drink and live forever, or die trying", and some of their cocktails had truly amazing names. Case in point: London Bound ordered a "Little Bitch from Hell". Apparently it was delicious!

After we'd stuffed ourselves with cheese and cocktails and hot chocolates, we headed back to the hotel to watch Ecuadorian Dancing with the Stars (it wasn't very good) and pack up our things yet again. Because first thing in the morning, we were off to the airport to board a flight to the Galapagos!!

But that's a story for next time...

K xx

14 comments:

  1. I am quite interested in this Little Bitch From Hell drink. Very.

    And oh, Past Kirsti. Not knowing Ecuador had the equator running through it. <3

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    1. Having just Googled it (which led me to a post by someone who'd been to Boca de Lobo andd made note of such things), it's gin, dry vermouth, cherry liqueur and lemon liqueur. So definitely not my type of cocktail!!

      And to be fair, I don't think I've EVER done South American geography, so I'm impressed that I even knew where Ecuador was on a map before I went there... ;)

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  2. :( Hahah oh dear. If it weren't for this post I still probably wouldn't have made the Ecuador/Equator connection. Awkward.

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    1. Thank you for confessing to this. It makes me feel much better about myself. Clearly, there's something lacking in the Australian teaching of geography that neither of us knew this!!

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  3. I'm sorry--

    Travelling with bed linen?! (...AND travelling for a month on their just-married-daughter's honeymoon?)

    This makes me stabby.

    Also, the lady showering in her clothes? Bahahahahah...maaaaaan! I mean, I GET it but...that would be a weird sensation, plus all that squeezing of the water out afterwards...and what, would it dry ON her? That doesn't seem very healthy.

    "Little Bitch from Hell" = bwah! Love it.

    XOXO

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    1. RIGHT?!?!?!?! WHO TRAVELS WITH BED LINEN????? I mean, sure, I was carrying a sleeping bag. But it folded up to almost nothing, and I needed it for the Inca Trail. But to bring sheets and towels and pillow cases just on the off chance that they'd be needed? Uh, NO.

      I think she got in the shower with them on, to get them wet, and then took them off and scrubbed them a bit while she was washing herself?? They were all quick dry material, but still. Doing that with your bathers after a trip to the beach/pool is one thing. With your entire wardrobe? Uh, PASS.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to this section of your trip because I have absolutely no idea what happens! I imagine I was still watching cable TV in Spanish in the hospital while you were swanning about the Galapagos islands, and somehow don't think I got the good end of the deal. Although TV in Spanish IS pretty cool...

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    1. Yeah, you really DID get the short end of the straw. But on the plus side, at least you knew you were alive, which was more than I knew, considering I was without internet for a week and had no idea what was happening to you!!

      At least you had Spanish CABLE TV. My pre-Galapagos hotel room in Quito had a TV with no cable box and no remote (all the other rooms had those things, just not mine!). Ecuadorian free-to-air TV is TERRRRRRRRRRRRIBLE.

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  5. I wish I could go on a year-long holiday like the pseudo-Watermelons! And no, I really can't imagine travelling with a full complement of linen. Very odd.

    You should try a 'large' hot chocolate here. It seems to be a distinctly NZ thing - large hot drinks come in BOWLS. With no handles. That you drink from like a pet. Also very odd.

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    1. I know, right?!?!?! Year long holidays must be amazing...

      And how very French of New Zealand!! I *think* I was in France the last time I had hot chocolate out of a bowl...

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  6. When I first saw the pic of the hot chocolate, I thought it would be easier to tell how big it was if there was something near it to give it a sense of scale. Then I realised there was a person sitting behind it. That's a pretty decent sense of scale!

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    1. We should have thought to put something on the table for scale, really! At least there's something in there to give you an indication of how enormous it was.

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  7. I've always wanted to go to Ecuador just so I can say I've been "in two places at once" - with the whole northern and southern hemisphere thing.

    Why is it that with every tour group, there always as to be at least ONE weird-o/slight annoying person/very annoying person. There's always that one person that sticks at the back of your mind for the way they carried on.

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    1. Seriously. It's like there's an unwritten rule that there has to be one person you can't stand on every tour. Although the second half of my Central America tour, I don't think there was anyone super annoying. Except our tour leader when he was drunk, because then his inner evil twin emerged and insanity happened................ (Those stories will be coming eventually!!)

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