Let’s move to happier matters. Ecuador is an absolute wonder. If you are going to come down to visit only one country in South America I would suggest Ecuador (it is less expensive than Colombia and Colombia is much less expensive than Venezuela and Ecuador uses US currency for its national currency). We just got back from 11 days in Ecuador (From Quito to the Coast and then back to Quito and South and then back to Quito). This is our 3rd trip to Ecuador. The first was to Otavolo and points North with a quick trip to Manta and the Second was to Guayaquil. There are wonderful things to see and do and I will do a blog about our 11 days in Ecuador with pictures as soon as I can. I hope to include pictures of us standing on the equator and balancing an egg on a nail and volcano’s, volcano’s, volcano’s. Also a walking trip through the rain forest to a water fall and a visit to a butterfly sanctuary, and a gondola ride to over 13,000 feet (up 4000 feet from Quito) to see two volcano’s a little closer and look down on the city of Quito (which stands for Center of the World) about 4000 feet below us. We will also take you inside the Presidential Palace (the Ecuadorian White House) and into a Church that is totally covered in the interior in gold – I saw more gold than any one person should ever see. I now know where a big bunch of the gold that the conquistadors took from the peoples of this area went. For just a preview look at this.
Yes, everything you see that looks yellow is 23 carrot gold leaf, very thick gold leaf. The only thing that looks yellow in this picture that is not gold is the floor between the two rows of benches. The floor and the benches are wooden and reflect the brightness of the gold all around them. We were not allowed to take pictures inside so this is scanned in from the our ticket to get inside ($1.50) and I also bought some postcards with more pictures. This is one of 26 different cathedrals in Quito from this period. This one has the most gold and is classically Baroque. It was started in 1605 and completed in 1765. Much of the exterior including all of the ornamentation of the exterior was carved out of volcanic rock.
Enough for now. I will add the movie of our apartment as soon as I get a better connection