Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
48Trip End May 12, 2006
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Some of the highlights of the week were the Governerīs Palace, which houses one of the most corrupt Presidents ever, a hair cut at at a Peluquria (barbershop) in the basement of the Presidentīs Palace and a visit to the Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World)
In the 1800s a French team of Explorers arrived in Ecuador and after a couple years of measuring distances they determined that the exact line inbetween the two poles ran right through Ecuador (then the Audencia de Quito) and thus named it the Equator and changed the countryīs name to what we now know it as. After visiting the touristy monument dedicated to the French at the spot they determined was the Equator (itīs actually 250 meters off) I headed over to the Inti-Nan museum next door and was quickly shown that indeed I was standing on the Equator. First they let a tub of water drain on the Equator line and it was awesome to see the was drain without a hint of a swirl. Then he repeated it again 2 feet to the North and the water drained in a counter-clockwise swirl. And then 2 feet to the South it drained in the opposite direction.
To finish a great weekend on my last night in Quito I coincidentally ran into another Adventist (I know, Iīm getting good at this) and he took me around and showed me the Adventist radio station there and invited me to spend a weekend in his house (look for me there next weekend). From here Iīm off to Otatvalo for the biggest, oldest and most important Saturday Market in South America. See you there...