We left our home this morning a 4:15 in heavy fog and 2 degrees for our first adventure to Ecuador. This is our first trip abroad where we only have carry on luggage. In the past we have always found at the end of the trip we would have several items we had carried everywhere and never used. So on this trip we committed to starting out at least with only carry on luggage. We figure if we need more later we can always buy it.
Had no problems at the airport, moving through getting boarding passes, clearing US Immigration, and the security check point in less then an hour. In Houston we had a 4 hour layover so we enjoyed a relaxed lunch at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Terminal E, excellent food but a bit pricey.
The only negative comment I have for the trip down is the in flight entertainment on Continental (United). I appreciate that it costs money to put a screen in the back of ever seat and have the infrastructure to play live TV on the plane. However after paying several hundred dollars for a cramped seat it feels like you’re being nickel and dimed to death when you have to cough up another $7.95 to watch a movie. I know, don’t be so cheap, but it bugs me none the less. Other then that, great flights all the way down with efficient and friendly flight attendants on both flights.
The landing in Quito was a bit rough, but he we are! Flew through Immigration and Customs, this carry on luggage only rocks. Our ride, Marco was waiting for us once we cleared everything and drove us to our accommodation. Karen found it through VRBO.
More tomorrow on the accommodation and our first impressions of Quito. Because quite frankly it is very dark out right now and we can’t see much.