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Empanadas de Queso
21-Jul-2015 11:10:18 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

What came first the Cornish Pasty or the Empanadas? Either way it was a welcome taste of home as William & Sharon head back to Cornwall whilst I goof around in Ecuador. I have spent the last 2 days acclimatizing, if you can call walking around Quito, sitting at cafes drinking coffee, and eating Quito-ish Pasties acclimatization? Actually I jest, my iphone tells me I have covered 34km, and I took a trip up Rucu Pinchincha today, and to c4500 metres – which went OK, albeit with a slight dull headache and I forgot the suncream (not advisable on the equator).  Although easy to do  - as despite being on the equator is it a pleasant 20c, with a cool breeze and afternoon showers.

I spent yesterday in the Old Town, with its’ colonial architecture, narrow streets and locals sporting trilbies (and regular coffee and pasties). Not sure I am convinced by some of the more extreme gothic interiors. The Spanish must have found the fabled gold of the Inca, as they have pasted most of it over the insides of the Churches – especially La Compania De Jesus, which would make even Sepp Blatter blush.  Better be careful what I say, as Papa Francisco was here at the start of the month, and he is Latin America’s first Pope, so popular with the locals – as a home team boy done good.

The interior that was more up my Andean Valley was that of the Cathedral, where one fresco had the nativity attended by a llama, and another the last supper featuring cuy asado (roast guinea pig).

As noted today I headed up Rucu Pinchincha, the first 2.5km on the Teleferico cable car, and then on foot. It is a volcano, albeit thankfully dormant. Which is more that can be said for its close brother Guagua Pinchincha which is described as “highly active” and last created an 18km mushroom cloud in 1999.

I have just realized I am sounding more like a Frommer’s Guide. Everyone else is triple checking their kit, packing and repacking and toning their muscles.  And I am eating empanadas de queso – such is life.



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Posted: 23-Jul-2015 03:11:40 AM

Great blog David. You're in the same tent (3), as Dom Penton and me, I think. Excellent that you're raising for CSC - I've done a bit for them in the past. Where are you staying and do you fancy meeting for a cuppa tomorrow if you have time? We're in room 409 Swissotel, if so. Cheers, Budgie

Sharon Grosse

Posted: 22-Jul-2015 06:35:35 AM

No need to fuss over your kit as you packed it here with your previous thoroughness. Have you sampled ant guinea pig yet? We expect they'd be great in a pasty. Enjoy the acclimatising. S

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