Cuenca - Mall del Rio
Trip Start Mar 04, 2004
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I am sitting in the fancy mall in Cuenca using the free Internet service that is available throughout the mall. Is this Peace Corps? Ecuador is rich in the cities and poor in the country. I could be at any mall in the US right now, same prices, same movies in the theater - with Spanish subtitles - same food court.
As always, I have let a lot of time go by and, now, I have a million things to share with you. First of all, the chicken project is moving and shaking. We received the money, started construction and are own our way. Please check out the construction photos that I uploaded with this entry. The community has reacted somewhat negatively to the advancements of our project. Some of the people are threatening to call the authorities because they are not benefiting from the group
Tragically, one of the 15 year old boys from San Vicente was killed when a boat that was carrying Ecuadorian illegals to Guatamala sank. There was a mass in remembrance last Sunday. I hope that this discourages some of the people in my region (70% of the male population leaves to the cities, the US or Europe) from spending all their money ($12,000 - $15,000) on passage to the States. If I could convince at least 3 or 4 young people that life in Ecuador is not that bad and that living in the US as an illegal is horrible, I will leave a happy volunteer.
Last week, I went to the beach to watch the whales. The whales come up the Ecuadorian Coast with the Humbolt current
Tomorrow I am off to Quito. I have to see the doctor for my allergies - I think I am allergic to my community! - write for the Peace Corps - Ecuador newsletter and pick up some chemicals to make shampoo and soap with my group. I will be in Quito for about 10 days, so e-mail often, I'll have Internet every day!!