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I don’t exactly know what happened, but as soon as our alarm clock went off at about 7 AM, I felt like a zombie. Although we had a nice comfy bed, I didn’t sleep a wink. Was it the excitement of leaving or worrying about my little niece who got really ill and who I had to leave behind, I don’t really know, but whatever the case, it made me feel like I wanted to stay in bed all day long instead of catching a flight in just mere hours.

As soon as we got dressed and organized all of our stuff, we went downstairs to the breakfast area to enjoy the joy of what a morning can bring and with a little bit of food in my system, I got all better again and I was more than ready to leave and go and visit the unexpected!

Because we were located a few kilometers away from the airport, we arranged a shuttle transfer around 8 AM and I must say that I was more than glad to arrive at the airport coz not only did we got cold and freezy temperatures, it started to rain (read melting snow) as well. Winter had definitely come to the country and with all the trouble of the last few days concerning my country and IS supporters such as Salah Abdeslam, who wanted to blow up the place or in this case, the capital of Belgium, I was more than happy to leave to safer places.

While our country was still under the spell of terror threats, me and Tania went to the check-in to get rid of our luggage, got through customs, did some shopping and waited at our designated gate to get boarded. I know, there are worse things in life!

Getting on the plane wasn’t really hard and although it looked like we were fully loaded, getting out of Schiphol seemed a little bit more difficult since we had to wait almost an entire hour before we could finally leave. At one point I even thought that they were going to tell us, that we couldn’t leave because of all the threats going on at the moment, but it seemed that I didn’t need to worry about a thing, as soon as the runway was free, we were good to go … Ecuador, here we Belgians come!

Our flight was going to take about 11 hours and 20 minutes, so what to do to “kill” the time? 

At first I tried closing my eyes, but because it was still quite light outside, I gave up hope all together and went through the movie selection of what KLM had to offer. Although we didn’t had too much of a choice, I did decided to watch the movie Cinderella, after all, it kept me in the magical atmosphere and in the end it turned out a really feel good movie … what is not to like when you hear the words … they lived happily ever afteri I guess that only happens in a movie or in fairy tales but still, it is a nice thought, isn’t it!

Since I wasn’t really in the mood for airplane food, I was smart enough to bring my own cup of noodles and unlike some airline companies, the ladies of this flight did their best to fulfill everyones needs and even brought back my noodles with hot water. I was amazed how friendly the crew really was and they smiled all the time, did their best to wait on us hand and foot. I am more than ever a fan of this airline, that’s for sure!

As we were only a few hours into our flight, I decided to stay in the atmosphere of fairy tales and its sorts, so my next movie was called "The Avengers :  Age of Ultron" and I have to admit, when I was young I sometimes read some of the comic books, but seeing the movie is something completely different. Maybe at times it was a bit over the top, but than again, it was fun entertainment and it made sure we were a bit later in the flight when the movie finally ended.

I guess at some point I must have fallen asleep for a while coz when I finally woke up, we were already past halfway the flight and not knowing what to do besides going to the toilet and stretch my legs once in a while, I decided to watch one last movie called “the Minions” which at times was a bit funny but if I have to be honest, I don’t understand the fuss about this minion hype coz after all, they look like small tic tac peppermints with a yellow color and all through the movie they talk nonsense. Not that I complain too much because it got me through the hours and as soon as the crew past by one more time with a delicious snack, it was already time to land. We finally made it and with good speed as well coz although we had an hour delay in Schiphol, once arriving in Quito, we were right on time. I just love the pilot!

Getting through customs was quite an ordeal coz many people didn’t fill in their documents correctly or even worse, forgot to fill them in, but once we got through, it was smooth sailing.

Since me and Tania chose to do this trip with an organized tour, we just had to look out for our guide / tour leader, who apparently was nowhere to be found but instead we found some people who were going to join us. After 15 minutes of waiting, an older chap by the name of Freddy introduced himself and I don’t know why, but at first sight I got the impression we were not handed the right person for this trip, but what can we do, we got stuck with him for the next upcoming weeks.

With the group complete, 24 in total to be exact, we waited for our tour bus to arrive which was about 15 to 20 minutes later and finally we got to know our driver Manuel as well, who drove us save and sound from Quito to Otavalo, our end destination of today.

By the time it was 7 PM, it was already dark and as soon as we got checked in to our room, we had dinner with the complete group which was a nice way to get to know some people a little better, but by the time it was 10 PM, I was completely knackered and as we said goodnight, me and Tania just went to our room and got to bed. After such a long day, I was more than eager to close my eyes.

Posted by Ils1976 04:31 Archived in Ecuador Tagged night hotel airport friends tour group drinks movies south_america Comments (2)

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