unfortunately, it was time to leave the beach in Mancora and head up through Equador on our way to Columbia.
I got on the overnight bus through the border and arrived in Guayaquil in the morning, to jump on another all day bus to Quito where I was going to meet Emma, James and Nato.
Because Equador was right on the equator, it doesnt have a summer and winter, but a wet and dry. We were in the wet which meant it was pretty grey and drizzly the whole time. I was in the same hostel as two Danish girls we had been doing a bit of travelling on and off with over the past few months so, since it was Friday night and all, we had a great night out in the main town area which had a strip of great bars and restaurants.
They left the next day for the Galapagos and I spent the next few days, not moving far from the hostel and trying to learn spanish, since the weather was so unappealing.
Emma, James and Nato finally arrived, along with Sharky (a guy i used to work with and who we had been travelling with since early Peru) and his girlfrind Kathy and we were all braced for a big night out for James´ birthday. We watched the soccer at an english pub during the day, with a few birthday tequilas thrown in for good measure and then went to a sensational mall, where Emma and Kathy went for a shop and the boys played some pool. That evening we went to an all you can eat and drink tapas bar which was really fun and then hit the nightclubs. A substantial night was had by all which lots of antics and James´ birthday was celebrated with full gusto.
Besides partying, a bit of church gazing and other tourist stuff, we were keen to move on, mainly because the weather was so depressing!
Quito was an ok city, with some nice areas. It was quite well off, but I dont think anyone was crying when we left. Afterall, Equador was really a stop off on our way to Columbia.
It was at this point that we had some differing travel plans. Emma and James had booked a boat from the top of Columbia for 23 July which they wanted to make, which meant setting a very quick pace through Columbia. As a result, they flew straight to Bogota. Nato and I were keen to spend a bit more time in Columbia since we had heard good things so got on the bus the next day to Cali.