January 5, 2008
The well-anticipated day had finally arrived. I was going to spend my birthday traveling to Ecuador. I had a mid day flight that would get me into Miami around 2:30. Unfortunately the aircraft we would be taking from Miami to Guayaquil was running 2 hours late. This meant not getting into Guayaquil until 11:30 pm. After clearing customs and hailing a cab, I was off to my hotel. I am not sure what happened but for some reason my cab driver left me off at the wrong hotel. I questioned him when he dropped me off but he assured me we were in the right place. So there I was, in a foreign country, in the middle of the night, unable to speak the language and no idea where I was or how to get where I needed to be. Fortunately for me the front desk clerk, made a phone call to double check my reservation with the correct hotel. It was right around the block and the front doorman helped me to move my bags.