- very affordable services. I had my first ever full body massage while in Quito and I couldn't tell you how many more I've had throughout our time here. It was so cheap (compared to the States) that it was hard to pass up! Semi-frequent trips to the salon for a quick mani/pedi were such a luxury and only cost a small fraction of what it would cost at home.
- Not having to figure currency conversions. We were lucky that Ecuador uses the U.S. Dollar for their currency!
- Volcano/Mountain climbing. Ron wanted me to mention that he will miss all of the outdoor activities available. He climbed various volcanoes and loved every minute of it.
- Roses. Although roses are not my favorite flower, I do like them. What girl doesn't? Being that roses are the #1 export of Ecuador, they are EVERYWHERE and they are CHEAP! The turndown service at the hotel most people stay at not only includes a chocolate, but also a beautiful single rose on your pillow. Every night of your stay. It is not uncommon to see large, beautiful arrangements at resutaurants...even the not-so-fancy restaurants. We bought roses for the house fairly frequently, just because they were so cheap. We could easily buy a dozen for $2 at the grocery store. Here are a some of the bouquets we've bought or I've received for special occasions:
What I'll Miss About Ecuador - Part II
Some more things I'll/we'll miss about Ecuador: