In this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” get ready for some high-altitude exploration as Ryan takes us to Quito! Learn about Simon Bolivar’s significant other (who was both a lover and a fighter) and discover what qualifies as a tree worm.

For more information on the places and experiences discussed in the podcast, check out the following links:

Vanishing Postcards podcast:

Historic Quito (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Granda)

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco

El Panecillo + Virgen de Quito

Telefériqo – Quito:

Manuela Sáenz Museum:

Guayasamín Museum:

Mitad del Mundo

Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Cristobal Ortega Maila


Rincón de Francia

Somos (featuring Chef Alejandra Espinoza)

-Chontacuro (tree worm) dish:


Last Stop:

Ryan shares a study that shows the farther you wander, the happier you’ll be (, while Kiernan suggests checking out the WPA murals at United States post offices (