Category Archives: Quito

Elegant Quito Home of Maria Augusta Urrutia

I tell the taxi driver I’m looking for a splendid residence in downtown Quito, and he drives me into the historical center and to the home of Maria Augusta Urrutia. From outside, the house, though two tall stories, looks rather small and narrow, cramped by contiguous buildings, but upon entering I see a courtyard and […]

Also posted in Art, Charity, Ecuador, Maria Augusta Urrutia, Marriage, Painters, Poverty, Victor Mideros

The Tourista Strikes in Quito

I don’t know which foods polluted, or at least agitated, my digestive tract, but I believe this misfortune began at one of Quito’s most beautiful hotels, a place graced with superb artwork and guarded by suave young men in suits. Downstairs, at a Thursday breakfast buffet before an early-morning conference about internet business opportunities, I […]

Also posted in Diarrhea, Ecuador, Health, Nurses

Quito Hills

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Brazil, Caracas, Crime, Drugs, Ecuador, Poverty, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Venezuela

South Chicago Man in Quito

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Chicago, Ecuador

Pico y Placa in Quito

“I can’t drive tomorrow,” said an independent taxi driver in Quito, Ecuador. “Why not?” I asked. “Pico y placa.” “What’s that?” “Traffic control.” “Traffic’s pretty bad.” “Without pico y placa, it would be much worse.” “What’s the program?” “One day a week most people can’t drive. Public taxi drivers are an exception. It’s based on […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Ecuador

Valley of Cumbaya

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Crime, Ecuador, George Thomas Clark, Travel

Winton, Not Winston, in Quito

A travel newsletter I subscribed to occasionally offered stories by a guy named Winton Churchill. Oh, a wise guy, I concluded. Despite groaning about his humor, and perhaps his stability, I did conclude Churchill knew plenty about computers. He’d worked for Apple, knew Steve Jobs, toiled for other Silicon Valley concerns, some of which flamed […]

Also posted in Computers, Ecuador, Immigration, Steve Jobs, Travel, Winston Churchill, World War II