Visiting 2 Equators in Quito, Ecuador

On September 17, 2014, my left foot and I went in for the first of two foot surgeries. So I decided that on September 17, 2015, I would take Lefty on a real adventure… to the equator! Since Steve and I missed it last month due to volcanic activity, I figured this was my chance! I only told a few people I was going, so it was a surprise to everyone else, even my parents.

Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Welcome back! Friday dawned early for us. That’s a nice benefit of being two hours behind where your body thinks you are; you wake up early and get going with your day! We went down for breakfast, and can you believe they had banana cake for breakfast? And coffee, and toast, and granola, and eggs, and fruit! The coffee is really good here. I was expecting it to be too strong, but it seems to be just right!

Day 1 in the Galapagos Islands

Even though people actually live on some of the islands, the whole archipelago is a national park, and you have to pay $100 per person (cash) to visit. Fortunately, we knew that in advance and budgeted for it! We got off the mid-size LAN Airlines plane and onto the tarmac, then walked into the only building on the tiny island of Baltra.

Nine Hours in Quito

Originally published 16 August 2015.  Welcome, friends! Or shall I say, bienvenidos, amigos! My Love has whisked me away for the birthday trip of a lifetime to… The Galapagos! But first we needed to make a stop in the world’s highest capitol city: Quito, Ecuador! Off to Dulles (the DC airport closest to us)! Next stop, Houston!Continue reading “Nine Hours in Quito”

How to Spend 1 Day in Quito

we landed in Quito again, still the world’s highest capitol! I was all excited because it’s a new place to me, it was one of the first ever UNESCO World Heritage sites (tied for first with Krakow, Poland), it is one of the best preserved cities in the world, and Steve picked out a hotel for us that was originally a grand home with two indoor patios, built in the 16th century!