Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
This is the last beach vacation photo that I will show. I was going to crop out the front lawn to make it prettier, but then it doesn't show the truth. Much of the costal area where we traveled is extremely poor and I believe this photo sort of captures well the scene.
Posted by The Wellspring at 9:02 AM
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:14 (TNIV)
Posted by The Wellspring at 11:29 AM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The time has come for us to head to the beach, where we will celebrate Christmas. That being said, I hope to remember to post tomorrow before we go! I have posted a beach town picture today to give you a glimpse of the town we are headed to. This is a local taxi, and based on what is costs for an average taxi ride here in Quito ($1), I'm guessing you can go places for $.10, $.25 or so. Coastal life is very different than here in the city...I shall be thinking of you all while I'm there and will do my best to capture daily life.
Posted by The Wellspring at 9:14 AM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Well, as Alice said in yesterdays comment, markets are a bonanza for DP bloggers, and I agree. It is fun to see all the markets from where people live around the world. This one again is in Otavalo and is a literal color feast for the eyes. The man with the cart is selling fresh squeezed juice, a common availability.
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:42 AM
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
There are many places to rest ones head here in Quito...hostals (hostels) are found all around the city and vary in price, quality of accommodations, food, etc. This one is located near the U.S. Embassy and is probably a pretty nice one.
Posted by The Wellspring at 5:36 PM
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
This is one of my favorite pictures, though taken on the fly in the car. As you can tell, this woman has a very large amount of corn on her back...this is not a common site here, though depending on where you are in the city you might see it more than in other places.
Posted by The Wellspring at 9:54 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Fireworks are quite common here in the evening, though if they do occur you have to run to your window fast as they only last about a minute. It gets dark at 6:30 every night (we are at the equator - thus the country of Ecuador) so there are long evenings available for sky fiestas. A couple nights ago we were dead asleep, only to be awakened at midnight by fireworks that seemed to go on and on. Thinking of my DP friends, I bolted out of bed to catch a shot. ;)
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:57 AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This weekend we went to an art exhibit entitled "Tres Grandes de España" featuring, Goya, Picasso y Miró. It was our first time in the Cultural Center of the Catholic University so it was interesting to be there. There were a LOT of pencil drawings done by Picasso, but very few paintings and works that the common world is familiar with. Miró was our favorite as there were many paintings/colored lithographs...plus a lot of his work is just plain silly. :) We, the art critics at hand, determined that by the end of Goya's life, he must have been going a little bit coo coo as his works got more and more out there and his subjects began to take on a look of death and freakishness.
Well, that's the art show review, brought to you by one non-artisan in Quito. ;)
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:59 AM
Monday, December 11, 2006
There are many, many street floral "shops" in Quito where you can buy amazing amounts of flowers for practically nothing. Twenty five roses here typically cost $2, and with that bargain price here and the outrageous prices we see in the United States, there are of course, issues (clicking that link will lead you to a recent NPR radio story on this very topic). As one of the leading exporters of roses, this is big business in Ecuador for many people, and life support for others.
Here is an article that is now four years old (I posted it this spring on my other blog)...and yet it seems that nothing has changed. People are still worked to the bone, paid little, suffer health issues because of their work environment, etc., etc.. Too often purchases are made without knowing or even caring how these items came to be available to them in the first place. Perhaps we as consumers need to become more aware...if nothing else, let today's post be an educational piece.
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:52 AM
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Friday, December 8, 2006
Yesterday much to my delight (and my husbands horror) we took a wrong turn on the way home. As is easy to do here because there are so many one way streets and "no u-turn" signs, we found ourselves lost and deeply woven into the south side of the city. A person will get thrown in jail for making u-turns if the police are present so we were good law abiding citizens. Fortunately I had my camera with me and so while they are "on the go" photos", allow me to give you a quick tour of another side of my city over the next couple of days. I love this part of old historical Quito. The colonial buildings are beautiful and rich with history.
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:59 AM
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Lately, because of the rainy season here, we see these fabulously huge, puffy clouds that make you want to run over and try to wrap yourself in them. On this particular day, they were lying so low, just enveloping part of the city. The sun is peeking out above and I think it makes for a lovely photo.
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:32 AM
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
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Saturday, December 2, 2006
Well, for some reason I cannot get a picture to upload today (anyone else having this problem or is it just me?), so instead I'll include a video from yesterday. This is another common site during Quito Days - Chivas. They drive around the city filled to overflowing with people, a band on top, and just generally having a lot of fun making noise! This is a very tame, under-filled one as it's at a high school. The ones that you see after dark are always stuffed with people...they have been known to tip now and then...
P.S. - Adding this at bedtime...We live near a fairly busy street and since putting the kids to bed tonight and so having a bit of silence/availability of ears to listen outside of my home, I have heard about ten Chivas go by! I wish I could capture them all on film for you (but it is pitch black out)- they are so festive!
Posted by The Wellspring at 8:45 AM
Friday, December 1, 2006
Here is another photo from the bull fights of the 29th. I forgot to provide this link in case anyone wants to read a bit more about them. Obviously in Spanish there is a lot more information available, but this is the English version. Also, as a point of interest - all of the matadors come from Spain - they are not locals.
Posted by The Wellspring at 7:33 AM