So I woke up at 7 this morning and had some breakfast and then started my journey to Mitad Del Mundo. It’s a small village around 35 km north of Quito, and it’s exactly in the middle of the world, where the equator is, latitude of 0.0.0.0!
I went to take the metrobus to the station la Ofelia, where there are buses that goes to Mitad del mundo.
Apparently, there was a marathon that day, so the metrobus was closed. Instead I took the trole (yes, there are metrobus, trole and eco via, which are all the same but from different companies, so they have different names, and they are pararell but on different streets) to the terminal Y and from there a bus to the ofelia and from the ofelia the other bus to the mitad del mundo. It wasn’t difficult, but not so easy. Even knowing were to jump of from the bus is difficult here since they don’t say it out loud so you have to ask the locals. But tourists find their way here, I guess with organized tours. I paid 75 cents to get there since I had to take 3 different transportations (every one costs 25 cents).
I went directly to the intiñan solar museum, it’s where the real center of the world is. The entrance fee is 4 USD and you get a guided tour there in the “museum”. They show you some typical animals, life, clothing etc from different parts of Ecuador and from the indigenous tribe, but the most funny part is about being exactly in the middle of the world.
There are experiments, like to balance and egg on a nail, which is easier here in the middle then in the north or the south. Also just to walk on the line of the equator with your eyes closed and arms strengthen out is almost impossible! So difficult compared if you are just one meter on either side of the line. Also exactly here in the middle, if you have a sink where you put water, and then you open the cork, the water just falls straight down, without any spinning. But if you do it on the south, the water spins towards the clock, and the north, with the clock, and that’s just a couple of meters from each other. So cool!
Another thing is that here at the equator line, they don’t have different weather stations, it’s always the same weather, and there are no differences in the hours of sun during the year, the sun always rises at 6 in the morning and down at 6 at night.
I met up with Maximiliano, a couchsurfer that lives in Mitad del mundo. We went to the “city” and monument of Mitad del Mundo (entrance fee 2 USD and 3 USD to climb up to the monument). This is a big area with restaurants and stores built around the equator-line, and it’s painted in the ground where the line goes, what’s south and north etc… BUT – with the use of global position system technology it has been determined that the actual equator is 240 metres north to the monument area – which is at the museum intiñan. Haha. So this is totally a bluff! But they are actually planning on doing a new monument now on the real line.. we’ll see!
Haha. We had some coffee, and I had a tree tomato smoothie – it’s a fruit from here, so it’s not a tomato! Haha. We also had some ice creams typical from here, Paila, and they were so yummie!
Maximiliano had to swing by his home because he had some guys over to fix his internet (he had been without internet for 4 days). After it was fixed, we danced a little bit of salsa and he showed me the basics steps in cumbia and reggeton too. Haha. Can you imagine, me dancing in the middle of the day like that! Yep… it’s getting better! Also he put some music over on a memory so I will now be able to listen to the differences between salsa, cumbia, reggeaton and merengue. :)
After that, we took the car to the teleferiqo, which Maximiano also never had visited, haha. The telefériqo is a ride from the city center to the east side of the Pichincha volcano. And it’s beautiful!!! You have a view of all Quito from there, and the surrounding mountains and volcanos are magical. We were about 3830 metres above sea level, just were the clouds were! Because of the altitude and the wind, it’s much cooler up here, but not that extreme as they had warned me for, haha.
After our ride we went to a mall and had some pasta for late lunch/early dinner, then he drove me home we said goodbye. What a day! I had a great time! I’m so lucky he met me up there and joined me the whole day. I love couchsurfing. : )
I was really tired when I got home, but no time for sleeping! I had a shower and then me and Bogar went over to his brothers apartment who lives just around the corner, they are neighbours J Since I bought this good coffee but Bogar didn’t have a coffee pot, they invited us over to have it there. And the coffee was sooo good! Haha.
Gimena and Anita from yesterday were there too, so sweet and funny girls! We talked about the differences in Spanish, so now I have a list of Ecuador/quito-spanish I will upload soon. :) The girls left and Carlos who also lives in the apartment arrived, we talked yesterday at the party and he lived in Sweden for 6 months about 10 years ago, weird!
We listened to La oreja de van gogh, drank coffee (at least I did) and played Jenga and then a card game called something with eight. ;) Haha. Perfect last day! I had lots of fun and I’m glad I didn’t loose (it was expected since it was my first time, haha, but no, bogar lost all the times, haha).
Oh. I really like Bogar and his friends. I have really really enjoyed their company and I would really like to spend more time with them and get to know them all better. If I was living in this city, this is the kind of people I would like to hang out with.
I’m leaving Quito with the feeling of not enough time again. Damn it. I have to come back!