Rain storms came through this weekend, the first time since I arrived in Quito. The storm clouds could be seen coming off the mountains to the east. The cloudbursts were dramatic and amazing as I watched them roll in from the safety of my patio windows.
As the subject line states, I was reunited with my truck on Wednesday. I've adjusted to life without it, but it's great to have it back. Several people have offered to chauffeur me around, and I've also used cabs when needed. But nothing can replace the freedom of getting to know the city while driving your own vehicle. Lucia will get a nice change as well, since we can drive to distant parks instead of limiting our walks to the nearest one.
The FJ is well suited for the hilly driving in Quito. Many of the side streets have pavers vs. asphalt or concrete. So the ride can be a little bumpy for a sedan or other low clearance vehicle. However, there's plenty of economy sized vehicles traveling the city streets. And the cost for imports is very high. I've heard new vehicles can cost twice as much as you'd pay in the States or other countries, even higher if you're talking about high end luxury vehicles.
One of the first things I've had to get use to is parking in my residence's parking garage. The height and turning radius inside the garage makes driving the FJ feel like I'm a gopher burrowing into its hole.
Speaking of new things arriving-
Everyone told me that the speed of shipments have improved over the last few years. Here's how my personal timeline shaped up for my vehicle (POV), unaccompanied air baggage (UAB), and household effects (HHE). Everything was shipped from Virginia during the week of July 10. Everything was staged in Miami, Florida for shipment to the coastal city Guayaquil, Ecuador. From there it comes over land to the capital city.
Here's how long it took everything-
UAB - < 21 days
POV - 35 days
HHE - arrived in Guayaquil Aug-17, a week to 10 days for Customs clearance to Quito
I'm hopeful I'll see the HHE before the labor day weekend. Fingers crossed.