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New Movies from Ecuador

Posted on Jun 21, 2015

Movies from Ecuador are hot! Not only in Ecuador. There is an Ecuatorian Film Festival in New York just in this moment. Production support from the Goberment has increased. Film-educated Ecuadorians abroad have returned. Here are some interesting movies from the recent year. Cæsars grill (Dario Aguirre) A young Ecuatorian went to Germany and studied Film. One day his father called and told that the family business was bankrupt. This is a documentary about the lost son returning to his roots and the struggle to make a living in Ecuador. An...

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But Lonely George wasn’t dead

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

I knew George when he lived. It may have been in the year 2009 or in 2010, I met him at the Galapagos. He must have been more than 100 years at then. The giant tortoise Lonely George / George Solitario was the very, very last of its kind. And he was it the last 40 years of his life. He was the front figure for the Galapagos Islands National Park, the same place where Charles Darwin reportedly observed  so many unique arts that  inspired his theory of evolution. Tourists came from all the world to be photographed with George. There were...

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Don Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros

Posted on Aug 17, 2014

He has beaten the record and now he has his name is n the Guinness Book of Records. Alfonso Espinoza is Ecuador’s TVs Methuselah. He has always been there. Nobody remembers when he first appeared. If people guess they can say he certainly is 100 years. In fact he is only 72. But when we see clips from news broadcasts from the early 1990s, he has the same gray hair. Or in fact he was even grayer then. The cosmetic preening Alfonso aging appearance, but the news he communicates is not cosmetic. With 47 years and 83 days as a news...

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An Earthquake in Quito

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

First there was one measured at 5.1. on the Richter scale. Immediately after this came another on 4.1. It came in the afternoon yesterday just  when we were bathing the baby. First, we registered that the water moved. So we felt that the floor was moving. We live on the 3rd floor in a 14 storey building and everything trembled. It was not comparable to something we know, and clearly it was not comfortable. We took the stairs down and got out of the building. There was not too much people there. Significantly enough, it was those with...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013

Cotocachi is a small town in the Andes with a Native American name no one longer knows what mean. Geographically it is located in the Imbabura province north of Quito, not far from Otavalo with its famous Indian market. Cotacachi is one of the preferred locations for aging North Americans (gringos) to retire, like Cuenca and Vilcabamba, in the south. If they asked about what attracts them, they mention the good climate, spectacular scenery and the quiet village life. In addition they can socialize with other North Americans. Cotocachi with...

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Posted on Mar 12, 2013

High up in the mountains, in a place where you would think no one could live, we find the shoppers’ paradise. The small town of Otavalo is a few hours drive north of Quito. The facts tell us that it is 2550 meters above sea level and the citizens count 31ooo souls. Most of these have ancestors thousands of years back on the American continent. Exactly what tribes or people they represent, is not so clear. When the Incas conquered the country in the 15th century they moved people from the south of Peru and Bolivia up here. But no...

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President Rafael Correa reelected

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

The votes are counted after the election February 13th and the voters decision is very clear. President Correa got 56.5 percent of the votes in the presidential election and his party Alianca Pais got two-thirds of the seats in the parliament. Otherwise,  the old ghosts, ex-President Lucio Guttierez, the banana king Alvaro Noboa  and ex-President Abdala Bucarams deputy Nelson Zavala, was completely rebuffed by respectively 6.9. 3.9 and 1.4 percent. We can assume that they now belong to history. The right wings voice will from now on...

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The New Quito Airport

Posted on Feb 17, 2013

The old airport became to small. Furthermore there was right in the middle of the city. From today the flights to Qutio will go elsewhere. The new one is located in Tabalela, 42 miles away. Many are unhappy with having to travel so far. To get to the old one, it was a fifteen minutes drive from downtown. A taxi cost $ 5. But the neighbors of the airport who got his hat blown off their heads several times a day are happy. And maybe it was just a matter of time before a serious accident would occur again on the short runway The new one is...

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Christmas in Ecuador

Posted on Dec 22, 2012

The big difference between Christmas in Ecuador and Christmas in Northern Europe and the US is the absence of must-do-things. Here on latitude zero, we mustn’t bake seven varieties for Christmas, have a Christmas tree, eat rib on Christmas Eve or see the silver boys sing Christmas songs. We must not have snow either. The latter is important, since in Ecuador there are only peaks higher than 5000 meters who actually got snow. With a Northern man’s expectations of a white Christmas, it requires some restructuring. So how do...

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Who will be the next president of Ecuador?

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

The candidates and the political organizations are mobilizing in front of the election in february 2013.  Will there be a change or will Correa be reelected as president? The actual president Rafael Correa will certainly present his candidature for proceeding his project revolucion ciudadania. The situation before him (2006) was caotic. In ten years Ecuador got a lot of presidents, among them several left the country after charges of corrruption and abuse of power. There was an economical crisis in 1999  and there were coups. With...

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