We arrived early in the morning in Quito after an absolutely hellish bus journey. We whipped out the guidebook and directed the taxi to one of the hostels we wanted. Unfortunately when we arrived in the hostel they didnt have any rooms available so we decided to walk back to one we had passed a block earlier. That was when the trouble began. As we were walking I felt something soaking through the back of my trousers and just at that moment a man appeared saying that a bird had crapped on both of our backpacks and offering tissue paper. Indeed our packs and clothes were covered in this yellowy brown substance. As we stopped to wipe it off a couple more guys started offering tissue paper which seemed a little odd, but I was ill and it was early so didn't think much of it. It was around that time that a taxi pulled up across the whole pavement and started shouting at the men, who then left. He then explained to us that those men were very dangerous and we should be careful. Once we got inside the hostel the doorman said that it was fairly common and that we had just been sprayed with mustard! We slept for several more hours until midday and then went in search of a little food! After that we decided to make the trip up to the equator. Upon arrival we were given a guide who started explaining to us the history and various features of the line. Such as its hard to walk along it with your eyes closed and hands out in a drunk test style because the force is pulling you both ways not just one. Not convinced, but possibly true! The next one was the water going straight done the plughole on the line, anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern which was pretty cool. Next came balancing an egg on the head of a nail, which rory made short work of, but I took a little longer! The final and most weird/least believable was that you were weaker on the equator. This was demonstrated on Rory as a minute ecuadorian easily overpowered him on the equator, but struggled in the Southern hemisphere! Sceptical we tried it on each other and it still seemed true. Dad suggested he might be some sort of Derren Brown character! The main other thing I learnt from the museum was that were I stuck in the jungle with only a blowpipe I would survive as Rory and I showed lethal accuracy and power with the one in the museum! We had a quiet night watching a DVD and went out for a little wander in Quito.The next day we decided to hit Otalvo market which is supposedly one of the biggest and best in South America. We had a fun afternoon browsing all the various stalls and buying things. The highlight of which had to be the enormous 4ft wooden spoon, which we got a lot of attention for! Upon our return we were invited out to eat and then for some drinks by some of the other people at our hostel. There followed an evening of the most hardcore testing of my languages ever! We were 3 swiss, 2 english and an american so I ended up conversing in 3 different languages over the evening sometimes two at once! In the morning we didnt really feel like doing much as we had got in reasonably late so we decided to go to the cinema. We went to see Fantastic 4 and the Silver Surfer and then had Macdonalds for lunch... shocking really! In the evening I helped cook a big meal for all the guests at the hostel then we watched the film Deja Vu, which was a little silly, but I enjoyed it!