10 Dec 2019
My wife and I were out on our first morning in old town Quito walking the streets. Streets were busy but not packed with people, what was obvious was that we were the only ‘gringoes’ out on the streets at the time and were drawing some attention, doesn’t help that I’m 6’5 tall and tower over the locals.
We stopped momentarily outside a shop to check our location (big mistake) and before we knew it we were hit with a grey substance almost like wet cement mix which came flying sideways at us. We were both shocked and a young girl 18-19 yrs or so, immediately stopped to offer a napkin to clean ourselves. She pointed up and said ‘pigeons, pigeons’, except there weren’t any pigeons around and what we’d been soaked with would have amounted to 10 pigeons crapping on us in unison.
Another young man stopped almost immediately after and offered another napkin (exactly the same type as what the girl gave us – hmmm curious) they were insistent we wiped ourselves down and wanted to assist us. I foolishly put my jacket and belt bag on the shop window sill so I could wipe myself and noticed a much older man approach from the side who also appeared to be wanting to help. In a split second however he had grabbed my bag and was attempting to conceal it behind his his leg.
Fortunately I had seen him doing and quickly shoved him in the chest and snatched it back from him. He just laughed as if it were a big joke and all three then appeared to know that the game was up and quickly moved on..
We were lucky on this occasion but if I have one piece of advice, if you find yourself in this situation, don’t stop or take assistance, simply get back to your accomodation as soon as you can to clean yourself.
I think the worst part of it all for us is that the crap that was thrown on us left nasty stains on both our jackets, so in the end it has cost us despite us not losing anything…