Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the 1st President of the United Arab Emirates (until his death in 2004). He is often called as the “Father of the nation”.
I didn’t mention one food-product yesterday… it’s a chocolate or cacao.
Ecuador claims that it produces a special kind of cacao, and used to be the largest fine or flavored cacao producer in the world.
Check the “visit.ecuador” website for all “sweet” details.
Fortunately, I didn’t forget about chocolate while being in Ecuador and bought a very, very dark Ecuadorian chocolate. 🙂
Ecuador is a diverse country, based on climate zones, nature, people, and also its cuisine. My “food-memories” include plantains, avocados and soups. I’m not sure does it sound good, but you can be sure to find in Ecuador variety of delicious dishes. 🙂
Travellers are usually happy to hear that the US dollar is the official currency in Ecuador.
It’s convenient, because you can easily exchange US dollars almost everywhere; but you may be also a bit disappointed to not have any Ecuadorian money for your own small travel-money collection. (I was) 😉
While visiting amazing mountains in Ecuador, please don’t forget about mountain sickness (altitude sickness).
I’ve already mentioned it a few times on my blog, but maybe it’s never too much. 😉
Acute mountain sickness may happen to anyone. Don’t try to show off how fit you are, just take it easy, move slowly, drink lots of water and observe your body. Immediately inform someone if you have a headache, stomachache, fatigue, etc.
Just remember about the altitude sickness and do everything to prevent it and observe your body to catch the first symptoms!