The Hostal History The Old Town Somewhere in Quito Sunday June 5
I hope you are well, I am, even though I just ate a big thing that looks like marshmellow crossed with icecream and flavoured with grapefuit and now my teeth are just dissolving. We left Santiago in Chile yesterday at 3pm and it took 13 hours to get to Quito. We had to go to Bogota and then go backwards so we crossed back and forth across timelines.
I wonder how much age I added last night? Our hotel is worth $20 a day and not a cent more, it's pretty terrible even by terrible standards. But it is the centre of the Old City which is just wonderful. We had a super cool day walking around this UNESCO listed colonial city people watching and going to the terrific museums they have.
We can't find a bar so we haven't had a drink yet. Apparently they don't drink in the old city, only in the new city, according to the guide book.
We wanted to look at the palace and had to show our passports to get a ticket. We thought it was worth waiting in line because it was free and we're on a budget. But when we reached the ticket booth the lady said we had to come back at 3.30pm so we went away to look at other things. When we came back at 3.15 we weren't allowed to go in at the 3.15 entry, we had to wait til 3.30pm and then we waited and waited and waited and then it was 3.45 and they said we weren't allowed to go in because we should have gone in on the 3.30pm tour.
They didn't want us in the palace.
So we looked at lots of churches and there is lots and lots of gold, it’s no wonder that the Conquistadors conquered the place. Seems a bit silly stealing all that gold just to put it into churches. Who knows what goes on the mind of a conquistador.
There’s a really cool museum full of pre-Columbian artefacts, some more than 6000 years old. People in those days used to believe that there was an underworld, a world of people and a celestial world and that they had to keep them all in balance. Wonder what they’d think about the world today? Anyway, that's my exciting story about today.
Yours affectionately, Jackie
PS The internet in this hostal is very slow so I am putting this together downstairs where I am using a 1966 computer in Spanish. It has told that every word in this post is incorrect. I am not going to believe it.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!