We got up early and headed for Old Town and the Grand Plaza again. We had to check out by 12:00 so we left our bags in a locker to pick up just before we headed to the main bus terminal to go home.We bought the fabric for the cushions for our wicker furniture. We bought the 20 picture frames from the Chinese Import Store. Then we just looked around. Then we went back to the Grand Plaza to take pictures. We also took a tour of the house provided to the President of Ecuador. He does not live there by choice and he does work there and hold cabinet meetings. The house was beautiful. Again it was in that colonial style I love. I was able to take some pictures of the Andes people at the President’s home who look quite different from the other Ecuadorians. I love the way they dress in more traditional wear.
Grand Plaza and Tour of President Correa’s House
After that we headed for the bus terminal to take a 2 hour ride again to the Military Academy to watch Venezuela play Ecuador. As we headed down Chile Street, we first ate lunch near the top of the street.
After lunch, as we walked down, I took pictures of the different stores that were lining both sides of this narrow street.
Shops Found on Chile Street, Quito
We enjoyed the last game we could watch. Venezuela beat Ecuador in 3 games. I had to cheer for both teams.
We returned to the hotel to pick up our bags. We decided to take a cab to the large Mall we had seen earlier when we bought the tickets yesterday. This put us near the Main Terminal and put us in a place we could kill time and eat dinner before going to the terminal. Our bus was leaving at 10:00 pm. The cab ride over was interesting because the cab driver kept pointing out points of interest. I tried to take pictures, but I didn’t get any good ones in the moving cab. I wanted to get a picture of the volcano with the snow at the top, Cotopaxi, but it was dark and I couldn’t get it. I saw it and it was beautiful. I may try to get a pic on the internet to show you. It last erupted in 1942.
When we got to the Mall it was about 7:30 pm and we found out the Mall closed at 8:30, so we grabbed a quick meal at the food court and we bought some videos at a retail store. The videos were $3.00 a piece and they were not bootleg ones. We bought $40.00 worth of videos. I am enjoying them each night. I looked in a home store that was different than the ones we have here, but home decor is expensive in Ecuador, so I did not buy anything.
We left the Mall at 8:30 in a cab. It was a very short ride to the terminal, so we had a long wait. I was hoping one of the little business stalls had beer or wine-something to make me sleep on the up coming LONG bus ride. No such luck. We took pictures and sat down in the waiting room to….wait.
Eventually we boarded the bus. It was a nicer bus than the one we had come in. I slept off and on pretty much oblivious to the swaying caused by the mountains. We arrived in 6 hours instead of 8 as was projected. It as about 4 am that we arrived in Portviejo. There were cabs waiting. It cost us $15.00 for the 1/2 hour ride home- bargain at that hour! We had a great little vacation and were exhausted as usual. Luckily we are retired and can get that “vacation” we needed to recuperate from the real vacation.