Weekly Wanders 3: A Surprising Soft Spot for Quito

I often feel like I’m living in a disorientated dream where fairytale and reality collide and one day I’m suddenly going to wake up a robot living a boring life. But then I pinch myself and realize “nope… this is it”. Weekly wanders is my visual account of life on the road, dreaming big, and having a lot of fun doing it. Weigh in on your favourite image in the comments section!

It feels great to be back in action and this week I definitely took advantage of it. I tried to do at least something of interest every day and my pictures folder is thanking me for it. With over 1000 photos taken this week it was a difficult job to choose only five.

We stayed put in Quito all week, mostly sussing out the city’s main attractions. I admit I wasn’t too excited about Quito at first, after hearing horror stories of robberies and kidnappings, and my general preference for beachside settings, but this Andean city has surprised me every step of the way. Wandering the streets we found friendly people, delicious food and a vibrant city rich in history and culture with plenty to do – a nice change from the sometimes soulless coast.

We rented a scooter yesterday and saw the remaining few sights on my list in style. We also met a new friend from Belgium on the Teleferiqo gondola who we later met with for dinner in La Ronda, a surprisingly un-touristy spot. We dined with locals while a live band serenaded us until later moving on to a karaoke bar, as you do, and the week ended on a high note. Although we weren’t feeling tip-top today, I’m happy we got to visit the old town at night and see all the beautiful buildings floodlit and music flowing.

Anyways, a busy week lays ahead so on to the photos!

 

This week I wandered…

Basilica del voto nacional - Quito, Ecuador#1: The Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito’s old town.

 

Guayasamin museum, capilla del hombre - The tree of life - Quito, Ecuador#2: The intricate home of the late Guayasamin, a famous Ecuadorian artist. This is the tree of life in his yard where his body now rests.

 

Mital del Mundo - Quito, Ecuador#3: To the monument at the (fake) equator line, mitad del mundo.

 

View of Quito and Cotopaxi from atop the Teleferiqo gondola#4: Up the Telerifiqo gondola for sweeping views over the city with Cotopaxi visible in the distance.

 

La Rondo, the Virgin of Quito at night - Quit, Ecuador#5: La Ronda at night where the Virgin of Quito glowed on her perch above the old town.

 

Have you ever been to Quito? Which photo is your favourite?

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