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... and a late pint of coffee at my favourite spot in the hopes of lasting until midnight.
My daylight strolls revealed some a strong local following for
the New Years Eve custom of burning/blowing up effigies of people that have
wronged you throughout the year so that you let the bad feelings go and start
afresh. Sound like a great idea to me – I would have a massive bonfire of bus
employees, everyone who charged gringo prices and ...
... you are insanely fit, is 5,500 meters...or about 16,000ft! Let me tell you, the wind chill, elevation, and blinding sun nearly dissolved our skin, but we huffed and puffed enough to take a couple of pictures, and then we ran for cover.
The Big Mishap: Alausi. Marsha, Kalin, Marta and I showed up to Alausi planning to work on a farm--we had arranged with the owner, Victor, via the interwebz...but the first sign of trouble was evident when we showed ...
... into the altiplano where there is little or no human habitation, indeed, the only signs of life are alpacas and vicuņas. Eventually we reach the ranger station at he entrance to the Chiborazo NP, stop for a break, and then continue on ever upwards along gravel and sand tracks until finally we reach Hermanos Carrel refuge at 4800 m. Here we take a break for some coca tea to help with the altitude (illegal in Ecuador, they have to import it from Columbia)
... before we settled in. A few others joined us but we basically felt like we had the whole house to ourselves for the weekend. We didn't have any food so we missioned around town to find a supermarket and stock up a bit at least until breakfast the next morning. We were also keen to have a bit of a party and go out that night so we also got some rum, coke and a few beers. I didn't manage to go out but Steve and Reuben were strong enough after a tiring week to go and ...
... cook it over a fire stove at the school. It reminded me a bit of baby pablum that has been watered down. I thought it actually tasted quite good, but the boys only had it for a couple days. Lunch is served at 12:15pm and then the students return to classes around 1pm until 3pm. Some days I left after lunch to volunteer in the library, about 20 minutes away from the school. Here, local people can pay a small fee to use the internet or have volunteers ...
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