Quito, Day One: Acclimating

Quito sits in an Andes valley at approximately 10,000 above sea level. I knew the altitude would have an affect on me, but my breath was literally taken away from me by it. I spent day one getting to know the neighborhood around me. I started at the Grand Plaza, where the Presidential Palace is located. I stumbled into a tour of the inside of the palace on accident. I just walked in and asked to look around, and was told to stay put for the tour. It’s the only way into the palace, so I decided to roll with it.

       

       

Around the Grand Plaza and the Presidential Palace.

       

       

The guards outside the Palace in ceremonial dress. Apparently somebody important inside the Palace that the press wants to speak with. The President on Ecuador was behind those guarded doors. The President’s Cabinet meeting room.

       

Cool mosaic. A FIVE TERM President.

       

La Compania de Jesus. The Basilica del Voto Nacional.

Atop of the Basilica del Voto Nacional.

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Earlier in the day I spoke over the phone with my contact in Quito, Lenin. We coordinated a meeting for Thursday to visit the orphanage. This gave me the day to scope out locations for goods and to start to get a budget together. Luckily, many of the items I’m after are much less expensive than in the U.S.

       

Shopping for the kids.

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