Thursday, March 16, 2006

Smell ya later, Latacunga!

Hooray! The indigenous movement lifted their blockade in Cotopaxi province today at 11:30 So we hopped a bus to Quito later in the afternoon. I actually started thinking I was going to miss Latacunga a little bit as we were pulling out of town ... but it passed. Actually, I will miss a little bit the safety there compared to Quito. In Quito, you can't really walk around at night because the risk of robbery is too high. In Latacunga, you can walk around very safely, but that's about all you can do because there is nothing else to do. Mr. Pants and I thought maybe we were setting our standards too high when we deemed Latacunga a very boring place, but after a few conversations with others--locals and gringos alike--our impressions have been confirmed. When there are no demonstrations, the only thing Latacunga has to offer is easy access to the beautiful surrounding countryside (and Volcano Cotopaxi). Trips which we couldn't take, of course, because of the transport stoppage ...

We are triple happy to be back in Quito because Mark had called American Airlines (Henceforth referred to as "The Bastards") to see what arrangements we would have to make if we couldn't make it back for our flight. The Bastards said the fee for changing our tickets, which were obtained throught frequent flier miles, would be $1,500 each--almost 3 times what a round-trip ticket costs in the first place. Did I mention that I think American Airlines are bastards? The only exception would be if the US State Department declared an evacuations of all US citizens, in which case The Bastards would fly everyone out on whatever ticket they had when the reached el aeropuerto.

So anyways, now that the excitement of being trapped in a boring town is over, I don't guess I have much to write about ...

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