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Santa Claus calling a child on Christmas Eve

Travels without a Donkey: Goodbye

It is fitting that this being the 27th and final Donkey, it has a donkey tale. Marcelo, a local friend, who through his generosity, lack of lust for money and his community spirit, is like the unofficial mayor of his very poor village Bellavista, which is on the outskirts of Bahia. Bellavista is an area […]

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Bella Vista

Travels without a Donkey: Back to Bahia

After Santiago, which by the way translates to Saint James, the donkey bolted. We had left ourselves six days to get from Santiago to Bahia de Caraquez, a small town close to the equator on the Ecuadorian coast. This basically meant spending six days on a bus and submitting to the onslaught of mental and […]

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Cuenca

Travels without a Donkey: Ecuador (4)

QUITO is an artistic city. There are murals everywhere, hundreds of diverse sculptures in the parks and streets, and all areas of the city have quality graffiti. However, Quito´s artistic son is undoubtedly Oswaldo Guayasamin. Copies of his paintings are everywhere in Ecuador but his legacy to his Country extends much further than cheap reproductions. […]

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Kids

Travels without a Donkey: Ecuador (3)

ECUADOR´S Constitution states that the rights of Pachamama (Mother Nature) must be protected. Ecuadorians are very proud of their amazingly diverse environment and in many ways seem highly aware of environmental issues. On the other hand, as with elsewhere in Latin America they have not collectively got a grip on the problem of plastic rubbish. […]

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Quito

Travels without a Donkey: Ecuador (2)

THE RIGHT of indigenous communities to their own system of trials and punishment is protected in the Ecuadorian Constitution but is still controversial at times. Physical punishment in front of the community is common. Often the person is tied up or buried to their waist with stones and receive a nettle-type plant to the back, […]

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Quito

Travels without a Donkey: Ecuador (1)

AS THE old adage goes, ´it´s been a long time between donkeys.´ As was bound to occur eventually we had our first bit of bad luck in six months travelling. We were robbed of our laptop, camera and basically everything else we had that was worth anything. It happened on a seven hour bus trip […]

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