Back to Quito
Just after 3, we gathered at the van to return to Quito. Giving Johnny a $5 tip at the hotel, we headed up to the room. There, we found a folder of written material from Gonzalo, the Elderhostel contact person in Quito and our guide for the next 2 days. We also had a voice mail message from him about where to meet the group the next morning. Our independent days in Ecuador were at an end. I must admit I felt a bit relieved; we had done well in what we had planned on our own but I was glad to turn the reins over to someone else right quick. We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant again, partly because we were tired from the day’s outing and partly because the food there the previous night had been so good. Also, I think I had used up my very slim quota of risk-taking and “organizing and navigating on our own in a foreign country.” Tomorrow, right after breakfast, we would meet our traveling companions for the next 10 days. Gulp!