Creation date / 2003 / Week 23
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Flight the first: from Austin to Dallas at about 2pm on the fifth (duration: 35min).
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Flight the second: Dallas to Miami, at about 3pm (duration: 3hr 20min).
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No, really. This is a different flight. This one left from Miami going to Santiago, Chile at about 10pm on the fifth. On the flight dinner and breakfast were served, and we each got our own personal eye covers to sleep. (duration: 7hrs).
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We arrived in Santiago at about 7am (time there is the same as eastern). We got a coupon for lunch, and only had to wait through the 11hr layover. Here is your humble narrator getting a little sleep in the terminal.
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Sunset in Santiago, many hours of waiting later. We forgot to take a picture of our last flight from Santiago to Quito that lasted about 5 hours. The total travel time was about 34 hours. Whee.
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The view of Quito from Adrián´s apartment, taken the morning after we arrived.
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This is our hostel in the middle of Quito. It´s quite well-appointed, with hot water (in a shared bathroom), telephone (shared), access to a kitchen and laundry facilities, and two comfy beds for $5/night each.
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There was a big footrace (about 5000 runners) on Sunday near our hostel. We went out to watch the goings-on.
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We made a picnic in the foothills of the Andes with Hugo, his wife Rita, their daughter Ana, and a visiting friend Frank. It was quite beautiful.
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The friendly proprietor of our hostel, Don Rueben, a retired civil engineer.