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Today was a full day excursion, once again with Alex as our driver. We started at 9:30 and drove out to Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"). This is where they built a monument showing where the equator lies. Yes, Ecuador is named because the equator runs through it. We took some photos and walked across the line dozens of times, all so we could claim the title of today's post. Next stop was the small town of Calderon, famous for "masapan", hand ...
... us to use the kitchen, however the owner now said that only one person was allowed into the kitchen due to "OH&S"...like such a thing exists in Ecuador! This meant that Casey had to cook two separate meals, one for us and one for the German couple. The reason for making things difficult was to attempt to channel us into their restaurant, where of course they would make considerably more money from us! Clearly they are not used to poor backpackers, despite ...
... result of its popularity and the resulting tourism.
That being said, the surrounding area is gorgeous with a multitude of lakes, numerous volcanoes, quaint villages, and lots to see and do!
... forget free range and fairness to animals. First things I see? Pigs being walked like dogs, and people carrying chickens 2 at a time like they would a carrier bag, by the feet.
Walking through the market you have to squeeze past people carrying bags of what you only assume are chickens or other poultry. Sometimes it wasn't even a bag, it could have been a laundry basket or whatever else they could find to bring to carry ...
... are having your visions. When they came out they were
all staggering, one guy collapsed against a pole while another staggered
dangerously close to our tents to throw up!
I wanted to ask how they had all found it, but they all looked so rough
and ill they weren’t really making any sense – they just wanted to get out of
there! Initially I would have been quite interested in doing it if we could at
a later date, but it put me right off.