Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year Eve in Quito, Ecuador. January 2019.

New Year Eve in Quito. My neighbor's daughter made a monigote. 

Monigote is a paper mache dummy, it has a simple meaning: out with the old and in with the new. The monigotes tradition in Ecuador dates back more than a century.
We went to the little store at the end of our apartment building and placed our monigote to their pile of dummies.
The family who owns and operates tienda has few little kids, so our monigotes were sooo pretty and kids oriented, no heavy stuff!
Here they are, burning.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cost of living in Quito, Ecuador: shopping at the farmer market. December 2018.

There is one of the biggest farmer markets in Quito within walking distance of my apartment building. 
On my recent shopping trip at the market I came home with two bags worth of chicken, pork, fish, shrimp and fruits and only spent $34 bucks. I usually get my shopping from the same merchants.

That is how fish (and pork and poultry) sold at this market, without refrigeration.
Fruit stands at my favorite market.

The whole fish $7

 This fillet fish cost $5 

Shrimp: one pound $5

Chicken $1.30 per pound

Pork $2.50 per pound
Pineapple $1.50

Pomegranate $1
Pack of blueberries, $1.50, that I bought on this trip to the market were consumed before I had a chance to take picture.

Total for the items above $34

Monday, December 10, 2018

InterNations End of the Year Party at a 1950's Classic Bar. Quito, Ecuador. December 2018.

What: InterNations End of the Year Party at a 1950's Classic Bar
Where: El Legendario
Antonio Elizalde y  Av. Gran Colombia, Quito
When: Sat 15 Dec 7:30p.m. - Sun 16 Dec 2:00 a.m.

Entrance fee
Albatross Member  $5
Basic Member $15
Not signed up for event $20
Your entrance fee includes:
1 Cocktail
1 Slice of Pizza
2x1 on Drinks the whole night just for InterNations members
Speed Networking
DJ the whole night

Message from Gabriela Camacho and Andres Dominguez
InterNations Ambassadors Quito
Let's do an end of the year party in a different style venue: a classic 1950’s house with a cool vibe in the historic neighborhood of San Blas close to the Historic Center, called El Legendario! The bar has a terrace with nice views to the Panecillo and the Basilica Church in the Centro Historico. The venue will provide secured parking for cars and security staff inside the bar.
The owner of the bar who is also an InterNations members, will give us a great 2x1 promo on drinks for the whole night on Cuba Libre, Gin Tonic, and Caipirinhas! 
This event will be held on the weekend so we got the whole night to enjoy some time with InterNations members before the year ends. There will also be a DJ playing music just for us, with a cool ambiance. The specialty of the house is pizza and they got lots of craft beer brands for us!
19:30: Meeting starts. Ask for your cocktail and pizza slice (specialty of the house).
21:00: Speed Networking (depending on the size of the group, we do the activity, it is optional to join) 
21:30: DJ will play music the rest of the night for us. 2x1 promo on drinks for the rest of the night just for InterNations members.

So let’s enjoy our last InterNations event of 2018, with a weekend party at a 1950’s classic house with a cool vibe in a historic neighborhood and views, with promos the whole night just for us!!! Come to the party!!!