Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
45Trip End Jan 20, 2008
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And then back to Riobamba, where I tried to buy a ticket for the train. Down "The Devil's Nose" - a steep slope. I wonder if they call the train "The Devil's Snot". I don't think they do. Sadly, however, the train was cancelled on Friday. Next one Sunday. And I didn't want to hang around that long. So I left for Baņos. A very picturesque town, surrounded, on all sides, by great green mountains. One of which is a volcano. An active volcano. It's been threatening to blow for a few years now. Woo, look at me. Living dangerously...
The bus journey here started off fairly dull - scenery nothing like as impressive as previous rides. Then, close to the town, it started to get much better. Then the bus stopped. Mud slides, I believe - a problems in these parts. So it sat for a couple of hours, as people started getting off and walking. I didn't - large backpack. And it was raining. A few false starts - the engine turned on, revving, and then switching off again. One brief burst forward, pulling out, overtaking the vehicles still stopped, ignoring the "No rebase" signs, weaving frantically along the edge of a cliff. Then stopping again. Prompting weird daydreams. Such as the fact that I have a video of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" film, taped from Channel 4 in around 1987 or 1988. Introduced by two people - a man and a woman (think Alex Cox duplicated, without the intellect, humour or fun). Who were they? And then the fact that after that, on the tape, are the goals from the Wanderers Sherpa Van Trophy win - Julian Darby, Jeff Chandler, Dean Crombie (best goal ever scored at Wembley: fact!) and Stuart Storer. I think.
Finally, we got through. A long time. But here I am. I have a four hour Spanish class this afternoon - I'll spend a few days here, practicing, maybe some trips to the waterfalls. Rafting, canyoning. Sounds fun. Then Quito, and Peru. For a month.
Photos. I can put some more up. That'll be good.