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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hidden gems in Centro Historico Quito - CENTRO CULTURAL METROPOLITANO and restaurant DIOSOLOPAY. December 2014.

I was in Centro Historico recently and was looking for the place to have lunch. My requirements were: nice atmosphere, good service and less than $10 "menu del dia". I checked out my favorite pizza place (Pizza SA) and had an unpleasant surprise - the prices for  individual size pizza now ranging in between $11.50 and $16!!! Used to be $9.99 for "The Works" Individual Pizza!

Then I remembered cute cafe at the CENTRO CULTURAL METROPOLITANO and it was a hit!  DIOSOLOPAY (that's the name of this establishment) has indoor and outdoor sitting, price for "menu del dia" was $6.10 (as of December 2014). I liked everything about this restaurant: the quality and presentation of food, the price, the service and ambiance. The customers were local people mostly, this place is truly "hidden from tourists" gem waiting to be discovered! 

DIOSOLOPAY Restaurant / Cafeteria located inside of CENTRO CULTURAL METROPOLITANO
Dirección: García Moreno 887 y Espejo. QUITO, ECUADOR.

from their facebook page:
DIOSOLOPAY Restaurant / Cafeteria that combines the flavor, the tradition and the delight of our country, all in one place, in the historic center of Quito.
Food Styles:
Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  Brunch 
Burgers  Cajun/Creole  French  Italian  Vegetarian


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Monday, December 15, 2014

InterNations Quito - Join us for our Christmas Event at ZAO. Quito, Ecuador. December 2014.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad! Join us for our Christmas Event at ZAO. Wear a Santa hat and receive a special, additional free drink.
Help Santa by bringing a small wrapped gift for a child aged 3-5 years old. These will be distributed to the children of CENIT the partner of our Volunteer Group - a non-profit organization that strives to support working children and their families overcome grinding poverty and improve their quality of lives. Many thanks for supporting a good cause and making a difference in our community.

There will be a complimentary cocktail or non alcoholic drink as well as bocaditos.

Please note: Albatross Members not on the list will pay 5USD and Basic Members not on the list will pay 15USD."

Isabelle Nanin & Terry Neuenhaus
InterNations Ambassadors Quito

Wed 17 Dec 18:30 - 21:30
ZAO Restaurant
Paúl Rivet N30-145 y Whymper 

Entrance fee
Albatross Member   Free
Basic Member         $10
Other Guests           $15



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

In Ecuador, your well being is your own responsibility. Part three. Quito, December 2014.

In Ecuador, your well being is your own responsibility. Sound simple, but it's a foreign concept for some people from US and Canada. 
There is no illusion here in Ecuador that the police will protect private property. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Looting and arson, however, is practically impossible in Quito. Apartment buildings, churches, houses, office buildings, etc, built with concrete (concrete will not burn) and are almost all fenced/walled. Sometimes there are electric fences, broken glass, metal spikes and other serious anti-climb measures on top of the fences and walls. Private armed security are everywhere: in the stores, apartment buildings, offices. Small businesses have metal gates or shutters over the doors and windows.   

Ecuador even has different criminal justice system than US. The United States system of case law and statutes based on English Common Law. Latin American(Ecuador included) system of law enforcement based on Napoleonic System. The difference: In Ecuador - no undercover operations, no asset seizures without charges against a person, the very act of committing a crime is the basic requirement for the initiation of prosecutorial action.

If you are looking for safety, Ecuador is not for you, Quito is not a safe city either: sidewalks are uneven, pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and bag slashing, robbery, and hotel room theft happen. These types of crimes are generally preventable with a bit of knowledge and vigilance and seldom involve any violence. Watch yourself when walking and aggressively apply common sense.

Before you travel to Ecuador visit website 
and stock up on clothes with secret pockets. My favorite is Clever Travel Companion Women's Tank Top with Secret Pocket  (order size up).
In Quito, wear Cross-Body Handbags only.

You can find more tips here


As for me, I love Quito, I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am in charge of my own safety and I love it.

Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info