El Mitad del Mundo

The Equator, Quito

matt 120pxWe’ve crossed the equator a few times on this trip, but today we actually visited it. There’s a park and monument on the outskirts of Quito. Actually there are two, although both are supposedly “off” by a few hundred meters. It was a bit anticlimactic, although I don’t know what I was expecting since it’s just a line. We took the obligatory photos and walked around the monument. We still had an enjoyable morning, picnicking in the park and walking back and forth between the hemispheres.

View from Itchimbia Park, Quito

Joylani’s feeling pretty sick, so we had a pretty mellow day, but we did make it up to Itchimbia Park a few blocks from our hotel. Although it’s rainy season and its been overcast the past few days, we were still afforded amazing views. I’ve read in a couple places that Quito’s population is 1.4 million. Although I doubted that number based on our explorations of the past couple days, seeing the sprawling city from above has convinced me that the census must be way off. Other random thoughts up at the park included: its weird not seeing all the major cities/sites in a country, its odd not being in a country long enough to get a real feel for it, and the thought that we’re actually flying to the US in two days. I’m wondering why I’m not thinking about the end of our trip more, but Joylani said that’ll come once we start life at home again. We’ll see. Anyways, I’m determined to enjoy my last day in South America tomorrow.

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