Girl with lambs in Equador Andes
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Photograph @copyright 1999,
by Nathaniel Wilder. All Rights Reserved
HOLA amigos and amigas...
i am (as much as i hate to be
so impersonal) writing an email that will go out to all
because it is expensive to use this service...
9000 sucres for 30 minutes (actually a bit
less than a dollar but i haven't changed much of
my american dollars yet and as it is sunday the banks
So! i am in Quito, Ecuador about 22 miles from the
equator!!! it is about 75 and sunny and i am at an
altitude of almost 10,000 feet ...
this is the second largest city in ecuador and contains
roughly 1.2 million people...
i arrived on a bus from the Peruvian border (Aguas Verdes) with my
friend Brook at about 7:30 am this morning...
we flew on standby from oregon last wednesday and (thankfully)
caught all our flights through denver and miami all the way to
lima as we had planned...
we met a great guy named Alberto who sat beside us on the
plane to lima and we found that we both play didgeridoo...
so we spent our first two days in south america in Lima
staying at Berto's house playing his eucalyptus didgeridoos
(that he'd bought in Australia) and going to the beach in Lima
and learning how to surf! and going out to hear jazz bands phunk
at underground clubs...
anyways, it was incredible! after a good rest in Lima we left
friday night for Puria, Peru in the north -- it took us an hour
just to get out of Lima it is so big! as it is late summer here in the
southern hemisphere (and yes, the toilets do flush counterclockwise
below the equator!) it has been hot 80 and 85 in Lima and
during our bus ride north along the coast it became hotter
(even at night!!) we awoke to a hot day of passing
rice plantations and tiny peruvian coastal villages ...
we arrived in Puria and then took a 6 hour bus ride to Tumbes
and a taxi to immigrations to stamp out and cross the border
where we became surounded by kids (some our age) some from
Peru and some from Ecuador who offered to walk us to the bus
station to purchase tickets for Quito and also to carry our bags (i
wouldn't let them carry mine!) ------ we took
a taxi to the Ecuadorian immigrations and were stamped in which took
not long -- the kids who had helped (there are no quotes on this
keyboard) us to the bus station begged us for money for their deeds
and we unhappily dished a coin and a bill for their coca cola habits
we walked back from the ecuadorian immigrations to the bus station
stopping on the way to photograph the cutest children i've ever seen
as well as the cutest piglets...
we hopped on our bus to Quito which stopped 3 times for the military
and everyone was filed through and we had to show our passports
and tourist cards to the men in dark blue...
drove all night through a tropical coastal lightening rain storm (which
i hung happily out the bus window to recieve) as we
passed hours and hours of Ecuadorian banana plantations
and i got to see the source of nanas to all the
supermarkets in the US and at some
point in the night we left the coast and began climbing up into
the mountains .. i awoke at dawn in a subtropical cloud forest in
the Andes mountains!!!! a dream come true it was as we rolled into
the high mountain town of Quito gateway to Andes culture and
i strolled the streets early afternoon trying to find a phone (as the
school) was closed and when i finally did and paid 2000 sucres
i had two minutes with my folks before i was cut off so ...
...as for the rest of the day i will take it easy in this new climate
and altitude (its a fine change from 85-90 degrees yesterday)
dripping sweat as our bodies pleaded for air flow
and i will maybe walk around more today and chat (as best i can)
with the indigenous folk and take some great pictures...
finally a dream come true for me to be here .....
Subject: on the Equator
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999 10:07:33 PST
@copyright 1999 Nathaniel Wilder