Posts tagged: ecuador
Our rooftop garden in San Sebastian, Quito
Parco delle Iguane - Guayaquil, Ecuador
I can’t wait!! #summer #traveling #Ecuador #campsinternational #Quito #city #2013
Marine Iguana, Galapagos, Isla Floreana, Ecuador
Finados / Dia de difuntos
The Catholic All Souls Day is an important festivity in Ecuador, we even get a day off. In Ecuador the Catholic tradition have mixed with precolumbian ancients veneration rituals to create a very unique way of celebrating. So usually today people do three things:
- Go to the cemetery: Is the main purpose of the day, Ecuador being a flower exporter there are lots of flowers seller in the street ironically many cemeteries not longer allow real flowers. So people arrange their parents tombs and often do some cleaning. People of indigenous communities and rural background in the Sierra often bring food to the cemetery to share a meal with their ancestors and deceased members of their families. It’s not only a province thing, you can see that even in Quito, in the cemetery of Calderón for example.
- Eat guaguas de pan: Guagua is Kichwa for Child. So we eat Bread-Child, those long doll-shape bread that can have marmalade inside. (Some have even dulce de leche and nutella). They come from a pre-columbiam tradition, people in those times often take the corpses and skeletons out of the tombs in festivities to celebrate the death. Spanish clergymen forbid that practice but agreed to include dolls that represented the defunct. Those dolls where usually very decorated and made with Marzipan. With time edible ones appeared and that’s how the guaguas came to be.
- Drink Colada Morada: If you speak Spanish Julio Pazos can explain it much better than I. In Andean regions there are several kinds of maize. The one used for the colada is the Purple Maize. Purple maize drink were reserved to special occasions in precolumbian Ecuador. With the arrival of the Spanish culture black became the color of mourning. So the Colada associate the mourning color to an already ceremonial preparation.
Probably there are people who don’t do any of these or do completely different things. You can tell me about that. And I hope you all have a very good day today.
The only Ecuadorian food I actually crave for. And a great holiday too.
Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor woman will be forced to get them anyway. They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig!
I come from a country with that sometimes hit the highest percentage of pregnant teenager of the subcontinent, it varies from year from year to year with others countries of the region. In my country, in some public bathrooms along the well maintained roads you can read ads written in the wall of women bathrooms. “Do you need an abortion?” Followed by a cell phone number. In my country is well know that women, and very often young girls die in illegal abortion clinics. Because the chances to obtain a good illegal abortion are directly proportional to how much money you have. There was a graffiti in the country capital about it, some months ago: “We all abort, rich girls go to Europe and poor ones to the grave.”
You may think is because we are an underdeveloped country, but we have condoms, and contraception is theoretically taught in college. But there is poverty, immigration, and a culture of machismo and also religious opposition. So young girls still get pregnant, and poor girls, poor women, those who have no one to take care of them, no money and no prospects for the future are the one that suffer the most.
#galapagos #iguana (at Santa Cruz, Galapagos)
Meanwhile in Ecuador….
I like the Middle Ages because for me they are so exotic. I’m Latin American and if we had a great history we had no Middle ages so I often had to do an equivalence between MA and my school history lessons.
While Europe was living his Middle Ages in Ecuador the Integration period was taking place: Small kingdoms and the first cities appeared in the Coast and Highlands, there were lot of different tribes, commerce was alive and metal was know even if pottery and textiles where more common, but soon a great Empire will come and conquer all he Highlands after defeating a fierce resistance. In of course talking about the Incas. So they get the Highlands, expand their empire, move population and then when then engage in a civil war a band acquires strange allies, with powerful weapons and metal clothing who sailed 2 year ago from Seville. And then our Histories are linked for the better and for the worse, forever and ever.