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indeed, mas cafe.

Quito, Ecuador:

Quito is not a shiny city. It’s a bit shabby, with peeling paint, narrow twisty streets, buses belching fumes, and cheap gray tenements erupting all over the hillsides, and it is also far too churchy for my tastes. But man, it has character. It’s a wonderfully lively place, and what it lacks in chrome it replaces with color and quirkiness and charm. We had a good time today touring the Old City.

This could be said for much of South America, and is in all regards true. Their cities are filled with some of the most aesthetic architecture I have ever seen; the people are polite and mostly cheerful. The cops are corrupt and have shiny eyes.

If you’ve never eaten goat and rice, washed down with cold local beer, in a small cafe in a town whose name you don’t know, you haven’t lived.

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