Sunday, December 30, 2012

El Champucero is unbearable. I have stood on my feet for hours and watched people strolling by, without a single drop to drink.

Then comes the rescue! The uniformed bottle carrier sees my distress. Hail you Champucero, Pride of Latacunga, son of the mighty volcano Cotopaxi in the forgotten land of Ecuador.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Recycled Christmas

I know you're tired now, but we will not give up. After all, Christmas is Christmas.

Christmas Trees in Ecuador are usually carried out in plastic. Some clear-headed souls have reasoned that it might be unnecessary to recycle plastic bottles to create a Christmas tree. We can just stack them the way they are, and presto: We do have a lovely Christmas tree!

The pictured Christmas decoration is outside the ministry of farming.

 Merry recycled Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Don't sit on me

-it says in Spanish in front of the chair.

If it might not be literally what is written, you should still guard you well to defile it with your bottom. At this table and on this chair sat namely the heroes of Ecuador when they signed the Declaration of Independence after centuries of Spanish rule.

One might add that it was not just ink that flowed in this context. Plenty of blood was also shed on both sides before it got as far as getting something down on paper.

 And the papers are also exhibited in this museum affiliated with San Agustin Church in Quito.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Postal Christmas

A natural absence of conifers promotes the Ecuadorians ability to improvise when they decorate for Christmas. There is of course a lot in plastic but almost everything can be used.

Here for example, The Postal Service has  recycled some old boxes and stacked them up in the conic shape of the Cristmas tree. Are there less Christmas spirit because of that?