Farewell friends!

It has been a week of goodbyes.

First we parted company with this old pal (the tent, that is; not Jo), lost somewhere on the road to Ambato.

Does four uses in five months count as a worthwhile addition?

Does four uses in five months count as value for money?

Then Jo mislaid her favourite/only jumper, so we bought her a new one. She had mixed feelings about this.

I liked my old one.

I liked my old one.

Finally, yesterday we bade a fond farewell to Ecuador, just 12 days after arriving. We leave with fond memories and a great number of new friends.

Here are a few we made this week:

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(Jo’s friend’s sister) Beth and Oswaldo treated us to a lovely dinner in Quito with their two children, David (six) and Hannah (three).

Vanessa and husband Angel invited us to their home in Ambato for two nights, continuing our happy trend of being hosted in every country.

Vanessa and husband Angel invited us to their home in Ambato for two nights, continuing our happy trend of being hosted by locals in every country.

Jersson, our first driver yesterday on the road from Otavalo to Colombia, treated us to ice creams, lunch, a tour of Ibarra and a ride on a paddle boat. What a gent!

Jersson, driver number one yesterday on the road to Colombia, treated us to ice creams, lunch, a city tour and a ride on a paddle boat. What a gent!

Rodrigo and Ruby, two rides on from Jersson, took us to see this statue of a woolly mammoth. Their three kids (youngest pictured) rode in the back of their pick-up truck to ensure there was space for us.

Two rides later, Rodrigo and Ruby took us to see this statue of a woolly mammoth. Their three kids (youngest pictured) rode in the trailer to provide space for us.

Another two rides on, we were picked up by the lovely Erasmo and Lore, who took us for our latest spot of sightseeing (incredible church built on mountainside) and then here to Pasto.

Another two rides on, Erasmo and Lore took us for our latest spot of sightseeing (a church built on mountainside just over the Colombian border) and then here to Pasto.

Having arrived just yesterday, we haven’t had much time to get to grips with Colombia, but so far our observations include a dramatic increase in police officers carrying guns and a few more zeros on the notes.

That seems quite a lot for a loaf of bread, or even a dozen.

That seems quite a lot for a loaf of bread, or even a dozen.

Total number of lifts: 198
Week Twenty-Two distance travelled: 801 km
Total distance travelled:  25,109 km

We accrued a massive 30 kilometres walking around Quito to find this unnecessarily-elusive road map... please enjoy the line.

We accrued a massive 30 kilometres walking around Quito to find this unnecessarily-elusive road map… please enjoy the line.

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