Well, this is getting to be ritual... Sunday afternoons enjoying the sun and wireless internet at the Plaza de Las Americas. Good thing Katie is busy updating us on her transition to Texan in between my posts.
So, it's been quite a week. The student protests continued, and we had the Ecuadorian equivalent of a snow day on Thursday, when the government preemptively closed down all schools in response to the threat of a nationwide student strike. That same day they finished announcing their COMPLETE cave to the students' demands. They had already agreed not to raise bus fares, and now have also finally agreed to issue the long-awaited student ID cards and to enforce the student half rate on buses. I'm not sure if it's a testament to student agency, or just a sign of how weak the Ecuadorian government is, that high school students can take on the national government and military police, and within 10 days come out completely victorious. El Comercio covers the story and also has this great slideshow of photos from the protests. Or here is a short article in English: Ecuador: Peace Back, for a While.
Friday I was delighted to get not only Jenna's package but a letter from Ruth! Best mail day ever!
Saturday I made my Ecuadorian musical debut, singing in a concert at the university. It actually turned out to be part of a Catholic service celebrating St. Thomas Aquinas, which explained why we were singing the christmas reportoire from last semester. Looking forward to June when we will participate in a university choral festival.
And, last but not least, PICTURES!!! From my trip 2 weeks ago to Latacunga. I did a lot of editorializing this time around, so be sure to read the captions for the whole travelogue.