Yes! Here I am in the capital of Ecuador, Quito. I made it safely after five flights and managed to finally put my head to pillow after waking up at 430am Sunday morning after around 40 hours. I had to decide not to go out and celebrate the simply astonishing win of the premiership by my football team after going to the Grand Final Saturday, and my thoughts have been often about this incredible game since I left.
And yet here I am in a country 16 hours behind Australia and close to being on the complete opposite side of the world. My flights went – Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Santiago (7 hour layover), Santiago to Lima and Lima to Quito. Left Melbourne at 8am got into Quito at 2am the next day. Oh, I left Auckland at 7pm and arrived Santiago at 2.30pm, 4.5 hours before I left! Time travel – mastered.
Sleep was my main concern and I took the flight after 3 hours of sleep. I slept on and off the whole trip including a couple iof hours in Santiago Airport, and last night was able to go to sleep at 330am and fell asleep pretty much straight away. Early night tonight and if I can sleep, I may go a way to fighting jetlag.
I walked around the old town here which is really nice, and went into a cathedral where photos weren’t allowed which was a pity because it was stunning and ornate inside with lots of gold and green as the feature colours. I start my tour on Friday (although technically Thursday night) for Galapagos and I also organised a day tour to the Quinlotoa Loop for Thursday. I wanted to organise one to Cotapaxi, however it involves hiking at 4800 metres which is higher than I’ve ever been before, and so I regretfully changed my mind on that one.
Flew principally with LAN or LATAM (they appear to be the same airline) and was really impressed. Great service and on the leg from Sydney to Santiago there was so much legroom in economy! Fantastic!
So hope you are well, blog again soon and May the Journey Never End!!