Friday, August 8, 2003
07:52 - Lariam is strong stuff. It was raining this morning when I woke up for the bird watching trip, so I decided to sleep in. But what ended up happening was that I hallucinated for an hour and a half, instead. I dreamt that I had to go back to San Francisco before going to the Galapagos, and that I somehow lost track of one of my bags on my way back. Peter and Karine had borrowed my shiny new Sony VAIO, and had placed it with their Apple TiBook (they don't have one in real life) in an aluminum notebook case and had gone to the beach. But when the computers were taken out of the case, they were covered in rust and with a strange, coagulated, goopy material. And the back of my computer was covered with messages written in permanent marker by Wendy's friends. We figured out that the "stuff" covering our computers was "my lavender!" (Karine exclaimed), and chocolate. Anyway, combined with me losing my luggage, I was not a happy hallucinator. But luckily, I woke up, wishing I had gone on that bird-watching boat ride instead. Wendy just returned and told me that they saw a pygmy anteater up in a tree!
20:05 - The plane flight out of Kapawi went as smoothly as it could possibly have gone: the weather was nice, and getting off of the muddy airstrip was no problem. Returning to Quito, we checked back into the Hotel Cafe Cultura and booked Luchito, their driver, to take us around the city for the afternoon. We drove to the Middle of the World to straddle the equator, wound our way up to Panecillo for a view of the entire city, and then took a nice walk around old Quito, which was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The cathedrals here are gorgeous, their gilded interiors shining warmly inside.
We miss Lorena. She had a nice smile, taught us a lot, and was a pleasure to spend time with.