Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Even more saludos from Latacunga, Ecuador ...

The good news is that Latacunga becomes slightly more interesting on Monday morning than it was on Sunday. The bad news is that it's not exciting enough to be the place one wants to get stuck when the indigenous movement decides to paralyze transportation in the province to protest a free-trade agreement with the U.S. We can't even take an excursion to see the local volcano (Cotopaxi) because the roads out of town are blocked. Mr Pants and I were discussing the possibility of walking to Quito to make our flight on Saturday, because the indigenous movement is hoping this will snowball into a nationwide uprising. I'm in full agreement with their position, by the way, but I would like to make my flight home nonetheless.

Fortunately we found a kick-ass vegetarian restaurant (which, like most veggie restaurants in this country offers a meat option!) Unfortunately, it's only open for lunch. We also got a nice view of the volcano this morning ... from the taxi while we were looking for a way out of town. It was clouded over by the time we got back to our hotel and went up on the roof for some photos. Hey, maybe we'll have another view tomorrow morning ...

We did get to see a big demonstration, complete with piles of burning tires in the street (something that is never tolerated by the cops at demos in the US). I think during the remainder of our stay we're going to be telling people we're Canadian, just in case. Yup, the story is that we live in Bear River, N.S., and we have a little B&B there ...

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