Leaving Quito
Tip: Lock your room - Hot water Handles - Change airfare ticket at airport - Hotplate - Two ATM cards

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ISSUE:  004
DATE:  March 08, 2000
TITLE:  Leaving Quito
TIP:  Lock your room - Hot water Handles - Change airfare ticket at airport - Hotplate - Two ATM cards:
LOCATION:  Quito, Ecuador

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CONTENTS:

I.    QUITO ECUADOR
          Guayasmin the Ecuadorian Artist.,
          Ecuador Quechua Culture mother feeding baby
II    TRAVEL TIPS - Highlight tip. Hot showers
III   QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND ANSWERS FROM READERS
          Amazon River by Jeff Westin
IV    FUTURE TRAVEL PLAN
V.    ART CONTEST: Wins a free WebPages of your work, and have a link
on over 1000 pages
VI.   HOBOTRAVELER.COM MEMBERSHIP AND SPONSORS
VII. HAVE INFORMATION AUTOMATICALLY SENT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX
          Save Money, Jobs, Checklist of things to carry, Best Hostels

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I. QUITO ECUADOR

Just leaving Quito, on the way to Mantanita, Ecuador. My Spanish
has improved a lot. The people at the Grand Hotel Quito, are great.
I have had fun. Carnival is just ending here, or what seems to
be one of the worlds largest water balloon fights.

I will miss Quito, and hope to return some day.

There is a 3 large squares within walking distance.
Santo Domingo Church, with lot of street singers, and, doing various
types of entertainment. One street mime that is particularly good. The
larger church square is off a very large market, full of clothing, and
wool sweaters, and various other wares. This is a great place to buy
sweaters for 4 dollars, that would easily sell for 25-55 dollars in the
western countries.

The third square has the palace of the president. This is where they
filmed the take over of the government by the military, and the
Indigenous rebels. Nice to look at the soldiers carrying long swords.
There doe not appear to be much protest going on in the city.

I went to Octavalo. a very large market of textiles, and other
handicrafts.
http://www.geocities.com/grandhotelquito/octavalo.htm

I got a great picture of a young mother nursing a baby in the park
That explains the culture of Ecuador, and reasons to come here.
http://www.geocities.com/grandhotelquito/culture.htm

I have a movie camera with me, and will soon try to films some specific
topics, and make a set of links. I will be filming the subjects, of
street musicians, and local foods. Here are some pictures of the
musicians in the park at Ocatavalo
http://www.geocities.com/grandhotelquito/escuela.htm

I went to see Guayasamin. He is a famous Ecuador artist.
http://www.geocities.com/grandhotelquito/guayasamin.htm


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II    TRAVEL TIPS - Highlight tip. Hot showers


Q11:        A German friend had his camera stolen when he went   
            to restroom. Feb 20th. 2000
A:          Lock your room, when going to restroom, toilet. He had
           lived in the hotel for 3-4 weeks. The neighbors knew
           what he had, and knew his habits. He got too comfortable.
BL:        If you say to yourself, it will be OK, I am coming right
           back, these are the last words, before a theft.


Q12:         Hot water in my hotel. I arrived in Quito, The
             advertised that the hotel had 24 hours a day hot water.
             I turned on the LEFT handle. took a shower. Seemed cold
             to me.
A:          The had a GAS hot water on demand system. The less you
            turn the handle on, the more the hot water. The electrical
            heads work the same.
BL:        Ask the owners how to use the hot water. The hot water at
           the Grand Hotel Quito, is very hot!!!

http://www.hobotraveler.com/bathrooms.htm

        

Q13:        Airline tickets: I needed to extend my ticket. I called
            the airline, and they wanted 75 dollars, and my
            MasterCard. I talked to a travel agent, they wanted the
            same.
A:          I went to the airport. They do not sell the majority of
            tickets. They are purchased at the travel agencies
            or etc. They do not want the hassle of money, so lots of
            times they will change it for free.
BL:        There is usually a way to get out of the extra cost
        


Q14:        Hotplates. An Australian friend could not find white gas,
            or kerosene for stove.
A:         I hear this all the time. I carry an ELECTRIC hotplate. I
           have to have an adapter that screws into a light socket,
           and an extension cord, to use. Cost 10 dollars total.
           Very light.
BL:        I can always find electricity. If you are always
           camping.... than maybe the rules change



Q15:        Bank card, ATM or Automatic teller card, My Cirrus card
            did not work. Quito Feb 12, 200
A:         I have both a Cirrus Card, and I had trouble with password.
           I tried it too many time, and the bank at home
           turned it off. I have the card in my fathers name, so I
           email him, and had him go to the bank. I have also
           a PLUS card, so I used it, until I go the other to work
BL:        Have family, or friend on your account. Have 2 types of
           cards

As always these are guidelines, and not always true. Adapt to the
situation



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III     QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND ANSWERS FROM READERS

PLACES TO STAY?
        Australian girls want to know the best ways to travel cheap in
the USA.
        Tom wants a place to stay in Ixtapa, Mexico
        I need place in Bogota, Medellin, and Cartegena Columbia,

INTERNET CAFE’S?
        Cynthia from Sydney, Australia want some advice on how to
improve her internet cafe.

SAVE MONEY?
        Does anyone have an expense log, that would show cost of their
travels?

FUN LINKS?

        How to say life is good in different languages

JOBS?


TRANSPORTATION?

        I am traveling through South America. I would like to travel to
Europe in
        about 6 months from one of the cities in South America. I would
like the         
        website, or email address of a Airplane ticket consolidator,
that you have use,         
        and would recommend?

        People traveling in South America right NOW

        Place to work in Europe for one month

        Place to work for all the travelers that do not ever want to go
home
        , or types of jobs. Where, What, How much?

COMPUTER
        Someone tell me how to clean my A drive, on my Compaq Presario
portable computer?
        It sometimes freezes, or locks up. Not fun, I have to shut it
off to stop it.


THE WORLDS BEST HOSTELS?
        
        Please submit
        http://www.hobotraveler.com/route.htm

5 PLACE YOU MUST SEE?

        Recommend 5 places you absolutely must visit in any particular
country.

WORST PROBLEMS?

        Tell me the worst problem with traveling, that you would like a
solution for?
        
        Anja from Holland replied to newsletter. She said, "the worst
problem about travel, is that it is ADDICTIVE."


THEFT?
        An examples of traveler theft, and the solution?

CHEAPEST COUNTRIES?

        Recommend countries that the exchange rate make life easy?
        Ecuador... Guatemala is good

DEBATES? Tell me your opinion.

        Is it better to carry your money all the time. Give to hostel
owner. Hide,
        etc?
        Is it better to carry your passport on you, or a copy when
walking around a city.

Internet Cafe’s

        Your biggest problem when emailing in an internet cafe?

        Please fill out form on this page: Please repeat the subject you
are commenting on.
        http://www.hobotraveler.com/


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IV   FUTURE TRAVEL PLAN
I am leaving Wednesday night on an all night bust to Mantanita, I will
return in 8 days for one more night in Quito, than on to Columbia, I
will try to go all the way to than go on to Venezuela. Can anyone give
advice on how to do this cheaply, and SAFELY?

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