It's not hard to get online in Quito, particularly in La Mariscal or in the Old Town. There are internet cafes all over the place, although the connection speeds can be pretty slow at some places. My hotel had two free computers, but the speeds were slow, so I went to a place nearby if I wanted to do anything more than just a quick check of my email. Most of the time, the prices were very cheap anyways, so it's no big deal to spend a couple bucks for the faster speeds.
Some of the places also have telephones that you can use to make relatively cheap international calls as well.
In Quito, I tried a few drinks that are unique to Ecuador. I already mentioned the canelazo in my nightlife tips, but once again, it's a sugarcane-based liqueur with sugar, water, cinnamon and lemon and it's served hot usually as a nightcap.
As for beer, there are a few choices, but honestly nothing really was a big hit with me. Pilsener is everywhere you go and seems to be the most popular choice. It's served in huge bottles (you can ask for a 12 oz), but it's relatively weak in alcohol (and unfortunately in flavor too). You might also find Club, which is slightly stronger, and definitely an improvement. You can actually taste a hint of hops! While it's not a reason to come to Ecuador and it's a little more expensive than Pilsener, drinking Club is a pleasant experience. Another beer, is Biela, which is served much colder and is more popular along the warm, humid coastal regions. I never did get around to trying one, but you can find it in Quito.
The US dollar is the official currency in Ecuador, but be aware that the $20 bills you will get in the ATM are almost useless...it is simply to large of a bill to expect most places to have change. With $10 bills you will be fine, but then you will probably have to take out $10 at the time int he ATM (expensive) or go to a bank to get change. So, it's a good idea to bring small denomination bills with you.
I took pictures of this convent because it was exemplary of the austere side of Colonial Spanish architecture during the Baroque period, and also because it seemed to be one of the few Colonial structures in the old city that wasn't protected from taggers. I can't seem to place it on a map or in terms of the various tourist sites advertised for the city, and I'm starting to wonder if it might not be the Monastery attached to La Merced. Nevertheless, it's an interesting subject for pictures, and shows the boundaries between the "tourist" area of the historic core and the areas that have been left for the inhabitants of the city.
Vauzza, Cerebro, Zocalo,...
Vauzza, Cerebro, Zocalo, Tequila Rock
De todo un poco...There's a little something for everyone in Quito. My best times were spent all over the city. Anything goes!! (But please no jeans in Vauzza or Cerebro)