Det forunderlige liv i Ecuador



Welcome Sr. Assange

Posted on Aug 18, 2012

The morning of August 16. many waited anxiously the expected decision of the Goberment whether thy will grant the Australian hacker and leader of the controversial organization Wikileaks, Julian Assange, political asylum in Ecuador or not. The main issue in this news program, however, was the delays connected to the inauguration of the new main airport in October. This is probably a far more actuak problem for the average Ecuadorian. Nevertheless the government’s foreign spokesman, Ricardo Patiño, presented the decision that the...

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At the equator

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

The equator line

Ecuador and the Equator line are roughly sharing their name. They are both in the world (Mitad del Mundo).  It is posible to visit four different attractions close to the equator line from Quito. It started with a French expedition of scientists led by Charles Marie de La Fontaine. They went to Ecuador in 1736 for making some measurements and calculations. Not only did they place the equator line to its right place. They concluded that the Earth was not a perfect sphere, they formed the basis for the metric system and they named that...

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The ideal Tourist Apartment in Quito

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

I have searched. And I found it already in October last year. The ideal short term apartments for tourists visiting Ecuador. They do deserve the best. I am talking about a modern suite of 49 square meters located in central Mariscal district of Quito with all the necessities installed. After a lot of negotiations and a lot of paper work, I am now the owner. The altruistic purpose of this apartment, located at the 5th floor with a lovely view and guardian services, is that it should serve as a base and recreation for visiting...

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The Noble Peace Price to Lenin Moreno?

Posted on Feb 8, 2012

Vice-President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has been proposed as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work for the disabled. Who is he? Lenin Moreno was born in 1953 and depends on his own wheelchair. During the critical hours in an assumed coup attempt 30 september 2010, it was he who appeared on the screen, spoke calmly, and gave people confidence in the public institutions. President Correa himself was captived in a hospital. Moreno is known as the author of writings with titles such as “Humor in Theory and Practice”,...

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Posted on Feb 1, 2012

The friendly town of Baños is located 189 km south of Quito. Visiting Baños is one of the best posibilites to experience the best of the ecuadorian mountain nature. It’s easily reached by bus from Quito (but keep an open eye on your hand luggage). Located 1800 meters above the sea, Baños has a nice climate and a vibrant vegetation. It is also the last stop before entering the rainforest. Jungle tourists are planning their trips from here. Baños is a convivial village with a lot of entertainment for visitors. But it’s the...

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Food in Ecuador

Posted on Jan 29, 2012

Eating in Ecuador is a real experience. If you want it to be. This little country is the host of various zones of temperature and have access to nearly all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Rice and potatoes could be served on the same dish. Apples and pears are sold side by side with tropical fruits like pineapples, bananas and oranges. And there exists edible plants nearly unknown to men of the colder regions of the world.on The coastal diet is different to the one higher up in the mountains. Seafood is of course preferred in a much larger...

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Latacunga and the celebration of “Mama Negra”

Posted on Dec 16, 2011

In the heart of the Andes, a two hours ride from Quito, we find the city of Latacunga. Like a lot of other places in Ecuador, it is surrounded by beautiful montains. But don’t let this picture cheat you. These peaks are not allways too nice. On three occasions the volcan Cotopaxi has destroyed the city, in 1742,1768 and 1877, each time rebuild by the bold citizens of Latacunga. Here, beyond these mighty powers of the nature, they celebrate la “Mama Negra” (“black mama”) every year. It is one the greatest...

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The day of the dead

Posted on Nov 2, 2011

In this days with halloweens-screams, kitch monsters and candies, it would be apropriate to go to the bloomy origen. At least the american part of it. Ceremonies and festivals concerning death is not exclusively reserved white christians. The indians had their own customs for honoring their deceased relatives then the europeans arrived. The new masters didn’t want to interfere to much withh this. All they do was to find the day. The second of november is the day we pray for the souls in the purgatory, according to the liturgian...

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From Quito to Boliche with the old train

Posted on Oct 28, 2011

There are not much left of the proud ecuadorian railways. One upon a time running up and down the mountains of the Andes. But some distances ar still preserved for tourism. for instance from the station of Quito to El Boliche, near the National Park Cotopaxi, the old wagons are still moving. This train runs only on weekends and the trip should be reserved in advance. The ticket costs $ 15 and the reservations can be made at the tourist office in Quito. The railway station in Quito, south of the historical center, is in itself an...

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Whale watching in Puerto Lopez

Posted on Oct 19, 2011

It’s the same procedure every year. Lovesick whales are visiting the coast of Ecuador in september for doing their stuff. And they do not hide. From the harbour in Puerto Lopez is it posible for tourists to enter boats for whale peeping. With one camera in each hand they are ready to do their paparazi stuff. Half an hour later all you can see is the blue water all sides around. Where is Moby? The experienced captein is calm. “We always get our whale” he says. And then; far away he comes. Then nearer. Then another one. And...

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