I stayed at BoutiQuito Hostel in Quito for a few nights, went away to Laguna Quilotoa for a night, and then returned.

Two Americans that were there at the same time as me happened to leave when I did, and then came back on the same day as me. I arrived late at night and was relieved to see familiar faces.

We laughed that we had prooved the hostel’s tag line #youwillbeback to be correct!

They had just got to Ecuador and were interested to hear about where I had been so far.

I had been in Montañita before coming to Quito, and they were taking a bus there that night. I told them what to expect and as I planned to return there, we added each other on Facebook in order to meet up.

I got back to Montañita a few days later and I saw them on the beach every day.

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