Feb 11, 2012
At the Quito airport, once I got through security and had my luggage verified to say it was actually mine, I found a man holding a sign with my name on it. Phew!
Cristian was my transfer driver and he was very friendly and spoke English. A warm welcome for my arrival into Ecuador.
Cristian drove me from the airport to Hotel Villa Nancy which was about a 10-15 minute ride. He provided me with some papers and important information about my trip, phone numbers and transfer times.
He helped me check in to my hotel and then I made my first attempt at the stairs. Thankfully I was only going to the second floor!
At this point, I’ve been in Quito for all of about an hour. I’m tired and drained. I noticed that I was a bit out of breath in the airport, but didn’t think too much of it. Mostly just thought it was because I was carrying an extra 60 lbs of luggage.
Then came the true test … the stairs. I started up the stairs, got to the first landing and took a few extra moments before moving forward again. Another 6 or 8 stairs to the top, you can do this! Crazy enough, I had to talk myself through it. I was exhausted! By the time I reached the top of the stairs I was huffing and puffing like I had just run a marathon!
Oh, so this is what altitude is like!
I dropped my things on my bed and caught my breath. Phew! I’m here! I’m actually here in Ecuador! How exciting is that!?
I got my wifi working immediately and had a great connection, but it was already too late for anyone at home to still be awake. Sent off a couple of emails and hit the hay!