Well I´ve been here a week now and I can get around pretty well and hold short and not very interesting conversations in Spanish. I´ve kind of figured out the buses & am practising the language at every opportunity, usually inflicting it on unsuspecting taxi drivers!
Quito is a crazy, crazy place. The weather is crazy, it is sunny and hot and cloudy and rainy, there are thunderous storms and spring like showers, usually all in the same day. The traffic is crazy, if Quito doesn´t hold at least 2nd place for RTA´s it´s probably a clerical error. The bus drivers are all apparently ex or wannabe rally drivers and they all seem to be trying to win the ´most people on a bus´record, probably held somewhere in Delhi. They don´t bother closing the doors so it is entirely possible to fall off if you don´t hang on for dear life round corners and getting off requires sharp elbows and zero qualms about barging elderly women out of your way or you´ll end up miles away. The buses have the street they go to written on the front but these are often wrong so they shout out the road names as they go along picking people up, every now and then they just don´t and you end up going somewhere else but you do get to see new parts of the city..!
The city is bustling and full of hostels and bars and people from all over the world. The locals are friendly and helpful (apart from the ones that want to mug you) but are also mostly crazy. The language schools is great and I´ve made loads of friends there. We have coffee and buns every morning which is a great opportunity to meet people, share experiences and plan trips around our homework!