I have been in Quito for a few days now. The Old Town has been declared a World Heritage Site, and rightly so. It is a beautiful part of the city with some great squares and some great churches. Sadly it is also a place filled with pickpocketers and petty thieves. While I was in a bus with my friend Eva my camera was taking from my pocket. To be honest I should have not been so careless, I should have taken my rucksack. There is not much I can do now about it, but replace it once I get back to the UK, and try to get the insurance to pay for it. Sadly it has put a sour note on my visit to this town. La Compania Church Of all the churches that we visit one really caught our attention, La Compania, is an extravangaza of gold leaf, decorations...it almost looks like big camp Christmas decoration, it is like what a gay club would look if it was a church. Quito is currently celebrating 200 years of the call for Independence, big band playing in the Main Sqaure
After 12 years in continuous employment I was 'credit crunched' in November 2008. I decided that I wasn't going to stay in London wasting my redundancy money and fighting with 500 people for the 3 jobs that might become available throughout 2009.
I have always wanted to go away for a substantial period of time: travel the world, go to those places that you that really can't experience properly on a 2 week holiday, Laos or Indonesia for example.
I am also planning to do some enviromental charity work in Costa Rica.
At the same time I also felt that I needed a break from London. As much as I love the city and its opportunities it was wearing me down. I need a little time to regroup my thoughts and decide what to do with my life.
I hope someone out there will read this and enjoy it.
And please, I'd really like to hear your comments, any feedback would be highly appreciated.