Wednesday, January 23rd

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Coffee at the hotel, followed by an interview at a nearby radio station.
First Interview: JC-Radio

Around 11AM we leave in a van for a cable car that will take us up one of the mountains surrounding Quito. We will rise from 10,000 feet to 13,500 feet in about 15 minutes.
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From the station at the top we see Quito below and above us the peak of the mountain beckons. I want to walk up toward the peak, but we don’t have the time. Traveling in Tibet in 2006 made me fall in love with mountains and I find that they liberate my spirit more than a Tucson… (see the diary entry for Thursday, January 24th)
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After returning to the hotel I do four TV interviews at the hotel. The second interviewer tells me that hers is a light and funny program. Later she says that I am so serious. I smile and shrug my shoulders. I am a guitar player, not a comedian, I think and, given the right circumstance (like being able to communicate in a language I understand and speak) I can be hilarious…

In the evening we get a little tour of Quito. The oldest church, a beautiful basilica from the 1500’s:
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The stairs in front of the basilica, littered with rose petals – Ecuador produces half of the roses sold in the U.S.A.:
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The old, colonial part of Quito with its beautiful buildings and narrow streets:
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We meet a reporter and her camera-man in front of a theater and I do the last interview of the day. I snap this photo while she listens to the translator:
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We have dinner at a restaurant in the recently gentrified red light district, a place called Tapas Y Vinos. This turns pout to be an excellent choice. The tapas keep coming and the wine flows.
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