Saturday, January 09, 2010

A Cold Day at the Equator

We woke up far too early this morning (after only 4.5 hours of sleep). I'm definitely feeling the altitude (my father, on the other hand is fine). I've had a slight headache all day, and took an Advil.

We walked around the old town this morning. The day was grey and overcast; sometimes the sun peeped through, and sometimes it lightly drizzled.

We enjoyed the Old Town and my father only made a few antireligious mutterings in the church. We drove north from Quito, passed the Equator monument, up to a large volcanic crater. The restaurant ("El Crator") is on the edge of the crater. It's an active volcano, but it hasn't erupted in many, many years. People live inside it and farm. Lunch was good and we had nice chats with others on the tour.

After lunch we went to the monument and had our photos taken with one of us in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the Southern. Really too long a stop.

We got back to the hotel at 4pm and we took naps. I slept longer (1.5 hours).

Now it's time to repack and get ready for bed. We have to be up by 5 am to make our flight to Guayacil and from there to the Galapagos. We should be there at noon tomorrow.

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