Wednesday, December 31, 2014


The market started winding up.  We left.  But before leaving we had cafĂ© con leche and cake pieces from a bakery.  
At the bus terminal two buses to Quito were leaving at the same time.  Handlers from the two buses hustled us to board their respective bus.  The bus we boarded was quite full. Initially we sat separately.   

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


And ate lunch at a place where the TV showed the Nigeria vs Bosnia football match.

Monday, December 22, 2014


But many 'local' dresses show a very strong Spanish influence.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Colors attract me.  Unlike many plants that were only grown as crops in either the new or the old world before Columbus connected the two, cotton was grown and used in both worlds.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Otavalo Market

Otavalo Day Market has various sections.  We looked for unusual things, but did not find any.  South East Asian markets are definitely more interesting.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Otavalo Day Market

Otavalo market is definitely overrated.  It is no different than other day markets in that part of the world—Otavalo market is just bigger, with a proportionally bigger population of stray dogs.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quito Otavalo

Here is the bus that took us o Otavalo, famous for its day market.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bus to Otavalo

When we reached the terminal we found out there was only one seat available in the bus leaving for Otovalo just minutes later.  We bought tickets for the next one.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Terminal Carcelen is used for bu services to north of Quito.  After buying tickets you enter a secure area--the only way to go out of the secure area is to board a bus.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Waiting for the bus to Otavalo

Bus station, train stations, and airports...they provide excellent opportunities for people-watching.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Otavalo Market from Carcelen

Next morning we took a taxi to Carcelen Terminal.  Buses to Otavalo leave from Carcelen.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Back to the hotel

We were back at the hotel before it turned completely dark outside.  We had enough groceries to make a meal before the bed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Being surrounded by the mountains, it starts getting dark in Quito much before the actual sunset.

Monday, December 1, 2014