Techno Jesus, a Guinea Pig, and a Security Breach

Here are some pictures from Day 2 of our stay in Ecuador! We toured the wonderful city of Quito. I can’t believe how beautiful it is here. I never want to leave! Oh well, it’s off to Bogota, Colombia tomorrow!

IMG_0102
We asked to go to a true local market, so our guide took us to an amazing fruit, food, and animal market run mostly by the indigenous people. Pickpockets are everywhere, but he watched out for us and we had no problem! The hustle and bustle was ridiculous and amazing to watch.
IMG_0107
I found a puppy wandering around the market and I REALLY wanted to keep it. I would have if Amanda wasn’t there to talk some sense into me and remind me that we still have to clear customs in 2 countries here in South America plus the U.S., and that it probably wouldn’t love the Inca Trail. Juan Carlos, you are in my heart forever.
IMG_0109
View from right outside the market. The man carrying potatoes on his back on the far right is typical of what everyone working in the market looked like. Man, and I thought I had back problems!
IMG_0116
Amanda and I at the San Francisco Plaza, right outside our hotel. It used to be a marketplace for the indigenous tribes.
IMG_0133
In the main plaza of Quito. The statue behind us commemorates the first battle in the fight for Ecuadorian independence from the Spanish.
IMG_0137
On one of the most beautiful streets in Quito! This woman is standing with a statue (could have fooled me!) in traditional Easter dress. The statue shows traditional clothing worn during the processional on Good Friday each year. Sinners dress in robes with masks and cones and walk the streets of Quito to repent for their sins. Each outfit varies according to the level of sin. Some of the outfits are eerily reminiscent of the KKK.
IMG_0112
Typical street in Old Quito, aka beautiful and hilly!
IMG_0117
Inside the San Francisco church! Built in the 1500s mostly by indigenous slaves, the church features tons of hand carvings and gold EVERYWHERE. It wasn’t even the most ornate church we saw! Still used 3 times a day for services.
IMG_0129
This is what the inside of a typical colonial house looks like. This one has been turned into a market with restaurants and stores, but the courtyard and balconies are typical of the homes. Our hotel looks just like this inside!
IMG_0124
With one of the guards at the presidential palace! They sometimes smile, but not for us apparently. Our tour guide told us to go in and take pictures. We thought he meant go IN, but really he just meant look through the gate. There was slight confusion and we were escorted out by security after trying to go through the metal detectors without what is apparently a VERY important ticket.
DSC00875
View overlooking the city of Quito from the mountains! It is just spectacular, colorful, and wonderful.
DSC00878
Selfie with our tour guide for the past two days and new best friend, Jose! He has been fantastic. He’s quite sarcastic and mostly tolerates us.
10254037_10202023734055075_3874400408766313190_n
We ate guinea pig (cuy) for lunch today! No, we did not pick the live one out of the box. That was just a picture from the market. It comes fried with the head and limbs still on! It tasted pretty good, but the look is not exactly appealing.

IMG_0153
Amazing handcrafted indigenous art at a local market! The colors are out of control. It’s almost blinding. I wanted to buy everything.
DSC00892
This picture of Jesus (and several others) in the Basilica has neon lighting behind it that changes colors. It’s kind of like techno Jesus. It’s actually really bizarre. Even Jose agreed.
DSC00895
Amanda and I in front of the Basilica! It was just completed in 1985. This is the home of Techno Jesus.

10 thoughts on “Techno Jesus, a Guinea Pig, and a Security Breach

  1. Great pics of a fine city! Brings back some fine memories. The local name, cuy, is named for the sound the guinea pig makes when it is grabbed with culinary (evil) intent. There is a cathedral in Cuenca, which makes all others pale by comparison. I haven’t made it to Colombia yet, so I’m looking forward to your experiences. Keep up the wonderful travelogue! Oh, don’t forget, just one pisco sour!!!

    1. Ha! I didn’t know that about the name. I should mention that to our guide (he and I are obviously facebook friends now).

      Don’t worry, we only had one pisco sour 🙂

  2. Beautiful pics… why do you have on gloves to eat the pig.. btw i cant eat stuff that literally looks like it was pickup and deep fried

    1. We thought the gloves were funny too until we actually tried to eat the stupid thing. It was really messy and greasy (thanks to the excessive deep frying) so we were super glad we had them by the end.

    1. Oh trust me, that thought definitely crossed my mind. Other thoughts included how to smuggle the puppy into all the countries we had to go to after Ecuador, and then how to carry the puppy up the Inca Trail. Ultimately, Amanda reminded me that even if I COULD do all of that, my dog would still eat the puppy as soon as I got it home. Sigh.

  3. Phew, I’m finally caught up reading your blog……Got behind during March so now feel free to continue writing……

Leave a Reply to Sonya Kaster Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *