Monthly Archives: September 2011

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ecuador

Posted by on September 30, 2011

For the first time since I began traveling non-stop in 2007, I am in South America. I have no particular reason why I haven’t been to South American, I just never got around to it. I’m in Quito, Ecuador right now and tomorrow I’ll be heading off to the Galapagos Islands. It is the beginning of what I hope will be more exploration of Latin America over the next year. I figured it was a good time for another installment of “8 Things…”

1) Ecuador is the closest country to space. You might think the closest point on Earth to space would be Mount Everest, but you’d be wrong. (more…)

Arriving In New Cities After Dark

Posted by on September 29, 2011

I like cities at night, but I don't like to arrive in cities at night

I just arrived in Quito, Ecuador. My flight landed at 11:15pm and by the time I got out of the airport through what was perhaps the least efficient passport/customs control I’ve ever seen, I finally took a cab and arrived at my destination.

All things being equal, I don’t like arriving in a city at night, especially if I have never been there before. You can’t see anything and you don’t have a good feel for the city if your first impressions are after dark. Also, when you arrive late at night you have to worry a bit more about thieves, scam artists, muggers and every manner of lowlife which comes out at night. Moreover, you have to do it while carrying your bag which just screams that you are ripe for picking. (more…)

Monday’s Links for Curious People – Toronto Edition

Posted by on September 26, 2011

Travel Update

This Monday finds me in beautiful Toronto, Ontario. I can say it is beautiful because it is still rather warm. If I were here in 2 months I’d probably be screaming about the weather.

I spent the weekend in Niagara Falls with the folks from G Adventures, who had their annual corporate meeting. I was able to meet people I haven’t seen in almost a year as well as get caught up on the future plans for the company. (more…)