Quito, Ecuador

Finding time to just sit and read about the places I’m traveling to seems to be hard to find. I rode into Quito knowing nothing about the city. The only thing I knew was that my friend Su-Yin lived there and that it was in Ecuador. The day after New Years Eve I slept in and it was a relaxing day. Su-Yin and Simon live in a neighborhood in Centro Historico were very few gringos or tourists wander.

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The guard dog

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Just one of the many plazas with a church in Centro Historico

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Calle La Ronda

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In the afternoon we headed out to the newly opened¬†Bicentennial Park. The park used to be the Quito Airport but they built a new one out of the city and are turning the massive property into a park. We met up with Cheo and few others to play rugby. Being a typical American, the only thing I knew about rugby is that New Zealand is a good team. Ok I know more but not much. I had no knowledge of the rules. Just the general concept. With only 3 on 3 it was ¬†a small field but after a late night celebrating New Years, the game didn’t last long. All of us were exhausted.

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The park seems to be hit. It was packed with families playing games, having picnics, and enjoying the nice weather.

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Post New Years Eve and Rugby nap in the park

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Cheo and Simon had been talking about a restaurant in town that has the best ceviche. After a bowl of it, I agree. Manabiche Cevecheria is the best.

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Manabiche Cevecheria, Quito

No sunny afternoon is complete with a stop for helado. Of course, Cheo knew the best spot in town.

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I spent a few days in Quito and enjoyed it. It was a great city that didn’t feel that big. With lots of green parks, street art, and interesting places, it’s a great city to just wander around.

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They have a free bike rental program for residents. Tourists can sign up but you have to do it at a central office.

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Calle La Ronda at night.

On my last night in Quito we went out to Bandido Brewing Co, a small micro-brewery/pub where Su-Yin’s neighbor Ryan works. I’m not a craft brew snob but I like good beer and variety. IPA’s, porters, amber ales, and others are almost impossible to find in Latin America. There are a few craft breweries starting to open up but it’s still rare. We hung out at the pub playing Banagrams for a few hours.

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Bandido Brewing

Dave, Simon, me, and Su-Yin

Dave, Simon, me, and Su-Yin

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Thank you Su-Yin, Simon, Dave, Cheo, and Ryan for sharing your amazing city and traditions with me. Ryan, Su-Yin’s neighbor, was kind enough to let me stay in his apartment as Su-Yin and Simon didn’t have an extra bed.

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