There is nothing that better defines how sick this country has become than the rise in the stock prices of small arms manufacturers since the slaughter at Newtown Elementary—many of them up over 20%. A sordid commentary of perversion.
From the local ancient history museum in Bahia de Caraquez with commentary
The next few photos expose the salacious side of the ancient Ecuadorians. Perhaps not for children
Quito to Manta to Bahia de Caraquez
Well, friends, I have successfully relocated from Quito to Bahia de Caraquez (BAH-yia day Cah-RAH-quez) via a short one hour flight to Manta, then a slightly longer drive from Manta. Bahia is located on a peninsula on the Northwesten coast with a bay one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. I am esconsed in the Hostal Coco Bongo with an assortment of expats from California, South Africa and...
pamzuercher asked: For an athiest, you sure are hanging around a lot of religious places!
Anonymous asked: Greg wants to know what is behind the closed double doors. He said you went there.
The Mother (Superior) Lode
Found the National Geographic photo spot at the Convent of San Franscisco. It was started in 1534 and is astonishing. I sat through about half a mass waiting for the church to clear, but when they called for communion and about a hundred people started lining up, I went outside to wait for the symbolic cannabilism to end. When I went back inside, even more people had arrived and they were now...
It's very high
Next series is high above Quito, although not a great day for pics with all of the clouds. To give some perspective, Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevadas is the tallest peak in the continental U.S. at 14,495 feet. Here the cable car stops at 13,200.
Anonymous asked: My favorite picture is the one of the calla lilies!!!! Love it.
Well, friends, the end of the first day of rambling round Quito, Ecuador. There are a million churches here, some begun in the 1500’s. I missed seeing one called the Church of the Robbery; I really wanted to find out what that was all about, but Quito is a city of massive hills, and my old feet can only stand so much…not to mention that Quito is at 9100 feet elevation. It’s...