Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I need some ruby slippers ...

I usually feel like my vacations are too short. This one may never end. Transport in the central highlands of Ecuador is still paralyzed, and it seems like the protests are spreading to other sectors besides the indigenous people.

We're getting into a routine: get up, eat breakfast, walk down to the abandoned bus station just to see if there are any buses, go watch the demonstration/march, then walk around or go to the internet cafe. Lunch at the yummy vegetarian place is the highlight of the day, but dinner is problematic because the only two vegetarian options seem to be pizza, of which we're getting tired, and Chinese food (or¨"Chifa" as they call it here), which we don't really like all that much. The other daily highlight is our visit to the ice cream parlor. If it weren't for all the aimless walking around we do we'd both be packing on the pounds at this point. At any rate, we figure that we should start looking for work tomorrow, and maybe we'll paint our hotel room a more cheerful color seeing as how we seem to be here for the long haul ...

People here keep asking me how I like Latacunga. I lie or dance around the question. I mean it's a nice enough town, but when one had one's heart set of four days of hiking through the páramo and instead one finds onself in a diesel-choked little city where the many trash cans and public bathrooms seem to go completely unused, one feels a bit disappointed. I really, really, really want to go home now. I'm ready to walk to Quito ... it's only 50 miles.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitenoisemaker/111527643/

You'd probably feel better then.

cg

Lisa B. said...

That's fabulous. We'll look for it today ... we have nothing better to do and the bloqueo still hasn't been lifted in this province.