Quito, Ecuador- Finally, a dream come true!
Arriving at the airport in Miami always gives me pause. All those people going someplace! This time, I was one of the lucky ones. The flight was uneventful and I arrived in Quito earlier than expected. Quite a coup in this day and age! As I traveled by cab to the hotel, I couldn't help watching this huge city on the north side of the Pichincha Volcano. Arriving at the hotel, I noticed immediately that the staff was friendly and very accommodating. The Hotel Eugenia is a delightful oasis near the Mariscal quarter. It has inner courtyards and my room is away from the hustle and bustle of the city noises. It has a view of the interior courtyard and it is very appealing. At the hotel's quiet cafe I had my traditional glass of wine with dinner. The people of Ecuador are so friendly and it is a wonderful place to stay! I will be going to the Otavalo Market tomorrow driving through the Andes, as well as other small towns, about two hours out of town, to see the wares of the natives. It is a bit cool here, about 62 F, but it is a nice change from the heat of Miami. I have been speaking Spanish and at least people understand me! Buenas noches for now.
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