Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador has a wonderful historic center, Bro. There’s just so much history, Man. It’s like getting into a plutonium-powered DeLorian and ending up in 1500’s Ecuador, Dude. I was fortunate enough to be there during some kind of cultural weekend because there was lots of live music and free admission to museums and stuff. I also hung out with my friend again who lives in Tena and we had a pretty decent Thai meal in Quito’s hip neighborhood. She also shopped around this artesania market and it was there I first became aware of the Spanish phrase, “A la orden.” It loosely translates to, “Will you marry me?” Why the locals trying to sell me their beautiful handicrafts continuously propose?? Beats the heck out of me –but hey that’s why we travel! “And that’s all I got to say about Quito” ( Forrest Gump accent).

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P.S. “A la orden” actually means more like “at your service.” 🙂

P.P.S. I take back the Back To The Future reference because really Quito didn’t exactly metaphorically transport me to a different time and place. I realize this even more clearly because I happen to be in Cartagena, Colombia (my final stop on this trip) and parts of that city truly transport the traveler to a different era! But historic Quito is still an incredible place to visit nonetheless.

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