a teatray in the sky

Ecuador day 1: Quito

Posted in 5D Mark II, Ecuador, Photography, Quito by firthefirst on September 1, 2011

Quito.  Quite frankly, I had no idea what to expect from this city.  Or even from the whole trip.  Despite lots of planning, lots of reading, lots of looking at pictures, I had no idea how Quito (or Ecuador) was going to feel.  My closest guess would have to have been Mexico City, but that’s about as accurate as comparing Los Angeles to Barcelona.  or whatever.  pick two cities that have almost nothing in common.  that was my frame of reference.

two miles up above sea level and you are constantly basking in the clouds.  stretched out in a valley, when seen from the peaks even higher above, Quito becomes a concrete dragon, nestled in the cleft of the mountains, mantling over some unseen treasure.  the constant intertwining of the sky and land, and perhaps the subtle lack of oxygen, make you feel as though you are right in the middle of something … some transitory human state where you can almost walk on air, but haven’t evolved the capacity to do so yet. 

so you inevitably are driven upwards.  up the spires of the Basilica.  up the slopes of brooding Pichincha on the Teleferico.

the first day was exhilarating, sweetened by the knowledge that things were only going to get even better.  but things got even better even quicker than we expected.

and, since this is our honeymoon after all, how could we not have mexican for dinner?

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  1. thedreamwords said, on September 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    really dope pics. great job.

  2. lorenztradfin said, on September 17, 2011 at 5:21 am

    fantastic fotografs – came back three weeks ago from our trip (we didn’t make it to the Galapagos) – thanks for your post

  3. chinesetea2 said, on September 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

    fantastic pcts,wonderful job…

  4. minimalistlifestyle said, on September 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Thank you so much for this. I am planning a trip to Ecuador some time in the future. Wonderfully written post and beautiful photos.

    Thanks,

    Mark
    http://www.minimalistlifestyle.wordpress.com


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