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April 23, 2007

Bermuda to Miami Flight

We woke up at 5:30 AM to finish packing and head for the airport. We have a day of flights ahead of us:

  • Bermuda to New York
  • New York to Miami
  • Miami to Panama City
  • Panama City to Quito, Ecuador

We arrived at the airport at 7:30, only to learned hat our flight to New York was delayed by 50 minutes. I was worried we would miss our connecting flight, and maybe more flights. Luckily, there was also a direct flight leaving Bermuda for Miami, and we managed to get switched to that one. We had to rush to make it, but in the end it worked out and we had to take one less flight.

Miami to Panama City Flight

We had a long wait at the Miami airport. After we landed the gate for Copa Airlines was not yet open, so we had wait before we could get our boarding pass and go through security. Plenty of time for: shopping! Well, mostly I sat with our carry-on bags while Michelle shopped. Finally at 4:30 pm, our flight from Miami to Panama City departed.

Panama City to Quito Flight

Landing in Panama city, Michelle took some photos from the plane. We had some fews of the Panama Canal, as well as a large number of ships waiting to pass through. The was setting on the water by the downtown of the city, which looked very cool from the plane.

We waited a few hours in Panama City, before our flight (slightly delayed) departed for Quito, Ecuador, at 8:30 PM.

Arrival in Quito, Ecuador

At around 11 PM, we landed in Quito, Ecuador. After disembarking, the gate was only steps away, and immediately we were at customs and immigration. Then baggage claim was right there in front of us, no walking. We picked up our bags and found the driver waiting for us. It was extremely fast going through the whole process, faster than any other airport I can remember.

The drive from the airport to our hotel, Hotel Eugenia, was about 10 minutes. It was dark, so we couldn't see much of the city of Quito, which is nestled in a valley in the Andes, at an elevation of 2,700 feet. We sent a few emails at the hotel and then went to sleep.

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