Friday afternoon, October 6th - My boss is looking desparately for a volunteer who is willing to jump on the next plane to Ecuador to help troubleshoot a customer issue. Hmmm, I have a valid passport, never been to South America, why not? Ok, booked the next flight, organized the necessary things. Drove home around 6pm, threw a few things in a suitcase, grabbed a bite to eat, then got back in the car and drove to the San Francisco airport.
So far so good. The flight left around 10pm that night with destination Miami. Unfortunately the plane was so late that I missed the connecting flight the next morning. I had to spend half a day in the Miami airport and take the next flight to Ecuador which didn't leave until 4pm. As a result, I didn't get to Ecuador until almost 8pm Saturday evening after 24 hours of travel and being up for 36 hours.
At the airport I was met by the hotel shuttle and one of the customers. Went to the hotel to check in and freshen up, then went out to get a decent meal and a beer...
...across the street from the hotel at T.G.I.Friday's. For $10 I had an excellent steak.
The hotel - Four Point by Sheraton. First class, great service, awesome place - for $70 per night.
On the right the entrance to the hotel - on the left the entrance to the customer building. Doesn't get any more convenient than that.
In the morning a first view of the city from the hotel window - Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
Looks good so far
Population almost 2 Millionen, located in the Andes, over 9,000 feet above sea level.
A strange photo in the hotel
The hotel lobby
Sunday morning we got up early. We had a good breakfast in the hotel at their awesome breakfast buffet. Never seen such a great selection for breakfast. But then it was time to get to work. Working can build up an appetite so we took a long lunch break and went to "Mi Cocina", a very nice restaurant with typical Ecuadorian food.
Lots of fresh fish, meat, vegetables
Nancy Salazar and Diego Laverde - very nice people
On the left Leonardo Cardenas, on the right yours truly
Hyn Moya, very nice guy who later gave us a great tour of the city