Wow, that really just doesn't have the same ring. Anyway, I finally got around to posting my new year's pictures before another year is over, so go me.
Um, and apologies to my parents to whom I swore I had posted about Martin Luther King day. Below is the post I had written in advance and intended to post on Tuesday with my pictures, but clearly never got around to it... heh:
And then there was New Years... we weren’t expecting anything much, but it was fabulous! In the US people just get drunk. Here they get drunk and burn stuff. I’ll say one thing for the ecuadorian disregard of safety precautions... fireworks are way more fun this way! Despite the fear for your life... Anyway, you really just have to see for yourself.
Happy MLK day. I noticed it on my calendar last week but didn’t give it another thought until I went to teach my new student at the US Aid office... and saw that the building was dark and locked up. Right... of course they close for US holidays... at least I get paid since he didn’t think to call and cancel. When prompted, my morning class today informed me that Martin Luther King was “a good guy” who “wanted black people equal.” A fair description, and probably about as much as any schoolchild in the US would be able to tell you. I’d like to do some more stuff for African-American History Month, like listen to some songs and read about people besides MLK. And it’s always interesting to compare the history of Afro-Ecuadorians with that of blacks in the US.
Up next: photos from Latacunga. Rachel and I spent the weekend bushopping between incredibly picturesque little Andean towns. Another lovely respite from Quito.