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More Ecuador

Building  being restored in Quito, with scrim in front to show what it will look like.

Blogging about Ecuador just doesn’t have any urgency for me, our vacation is in the past and acquiring that soft blur that memories of places you’ve visited acquire.

Being most familiar with California we found ourselves comparing Quito to San Francisco. The weather, the hills and the well dressed people. Men wearing business suits everywhere we looked, even the casually dressed people looked dressed up to our eyes.


 If  Quito had been a little warmer,I’d think about living there. The first night we huddled for warmth under the blankets from our bed and the extra bed in our room. I had some problems with the altitude, shortness of breath, a slight persistent headache and some fatigue. Husband had less problems.

They close off the streets in the old town on Sundays which is when I took the majority of my photos.

While we were there we visited Mitad del Mundo,( middle of the world) and took the obligatory photos of us  standing on the equator.

There’s an interesting museum in the tower with an observatory on top. I left my camera with Husband, so true to form I missed taking  panaramic views of the park.

The park was cute, with several museums, a open air bandstand, restaurants and cute little shops in small cabins complete with front gardens. We watched with amusement as a store keeper shooed one of the resident llamas away from her roses. You could tell she wanted to do more than flutter her hands at the ravenous herd but was inhibited by the tourists. Eventually the insolent llamas wandered slowly back to their pen.


The handicrafts for sale were very nice and the prices were very reasonable. However, I just couldn’t see any big need in my life for alpaca scarves, hand knit woolen socks and hats or sweaters they don’t go well with my swimsuit collection.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Mike & Cynthia,A rare cameo appearance of Husband sort of like spotting Alfred Hitchcock in his films. LOL!

    I am glad to hear that my readers are interested in places other than Mérida.


  2. Hi Theresa,

    I think all of your posts about your trip to Ecuador have been very interesting and not at all boring! Plus, I thought it was cool how you decided to make the trip in the first place.

    I think it’s human nature to be interested in hearing about new places, places we may never visit ourselves. Plus, I like knowing that the llamas wonder through the park – they are so majestic! Thank you for sharing.

    p.s. And I think that’s my first spotting of Husband…at least from what I can recall.

  3. Contessa, the most difficult part for me is making it interesting. I find myself just reporting, ie we went to Quito, from there we went to Octavalo. Saw the market,took the bus to Cotacachi, wow there was a lot of leather goods. Factual but borrrrinngggg.

  4. It is always easier to blog about a travel destination while there. However one usually is too busy to write a post!! I’m happy to read about your trip whenever you get around to it;))

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