Things You Can See in Quito

My mom, aunt, and I paid for someone to drive us around Quito and tell us what the stuff was. We got a great view of the city from the top of this hill. It was called something like Panacea, which means “bread loaf.” I’m pretty sure that spelled it wrong. There’s a statue on top too; you can see it at the link at the bottom. I climbed down into this thing to take pictures of some flowers for Mom.

Flowers for Mom

The very kindly took a picture of me as I took the photo. It highlights very well that male pattern baldness is setting in. She kept telling me to put suntan lotion on my head.

Male pattern baldness

As I read information on male pattern baldness, I infer that I am to be reassured that “women are attracted to men for reasons beyond hair only,” and that “It is a 100% certainty that you can still be attractive to women.” Methinks they doest protest too much. I thought it was the whole living in a van thing, but now I have to wonder.

Speaking of things that I do not have, many people in Ecuador have children. Lots of them carry them on their backs wrapped up in blankets. I’m pretty sure that they are less expensive than those BabyBjörn things.

Baby on the Back

The Spanish, and especially Catholic ones, built a bunch of churches in Quito to prove to the people who lived here first just how cool and powerful they were. We saw a bunch of them. I snapped a few pictures inside of this one before I remembered that they probably had a sign that said not to take pictures. I believe that most of signs that say “No Photography” used to say “No flash photography,” but people were too stupid or lazy to learn how to turn off the flash on their cameras, so they ruined it for everyone. N.B., I know of no evidence for this claim.


In case you did not know, Quito is 2,850 meters high. Chances are you have no idea what that means. I kept telling my mom to just pretend that meters were the same as yards, which works well enough for most purposes, since most people cannot really imagine a yard with greater than 8.56% accuracy anyway. All that to say that Quito is at 9350 feet, which is almost twice the elevation of Denver (5280 feet). As a result, there is a dearth of oxygen there, so it is really hard to get a fire lit. They still have hydrants though. You cannot be too careful, I guess.


We also saw this tricycle on a roof. It seemed picturesque, so I took a picture.


If you are interested in seeing more of Quito, you can see these pictures I took in Quito.

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3 Responses to Things You Can See in Quito

  1. Steven says:

    I like the shot of the trike on top of the building, Jay. Gave me vertigo to look at the tricycle, and to think of a child riding it next to that drop off with only those low walls between the kid an oblivion.

  2. Noelle says:

    I had a hard time sleeping in Quito – I think it was the elevation.. And I parties in Mariscal too! Party = go out for dinner and then go home.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I was tipped off to your blog by your friend Katie’s tweet. I lived in Quito several years ago and would love to go back to see how things have changed…And stayed the same! The big place to go back then for Gringos was Papillon. I think I heard that it moved from where it was when I was there. Look forward to seeing more of your trip.

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