Quito, Ecuador, June 27, 2003 –I don’t remember much at all about Day 20 of our trip. School and our stay at Rosa’s was wrapping up, and we took a public bus somewhere. I know that because I snapped a picture of the space on the bus where there was supposed to be a TV, but instead there was a picture of Jesus and two stickers of Bart Simpson. Apparently the bus operators know something I don’t know.
Quito to Baños, Ecuador, June 20, 2003 –There were no pictures on day 12 of our round the world trip (and thus the missing day from this blog). And day 13 only had two shots from which to pick to be the “picture of the day” (and both were of the same subject). Nevertheless, I like this one.
We spent much of the day in transit from Quito for a weekend escape in the town of Baños, Ecuador. On the way, I snapped two shots of our bus driver, who was sitting — while driving, mind you — in a lawn chair. In the bus company’s defense, it had been bolted to the floor, so I’m sure it was quite safe. By contrast, the giant crack through the windshield seemed quite normal.
Otavalo, Ecuador, June 15, 2003 — We left the market and the beaten path behind on Day 8 of our round the world adventure, and hiked through the hillsides. It was a beautiful hike and nice to get away from all the commotion of the town. We left that evening on a bus back to Quito, and it turned into the first of many bus mishaps. A truck swerved across the line and hit us. The truck looked totaled, and our bus didn’t look really great either, with a gash in its side and a rainbow spill of oil on the asphalt. We piled out with the others and tried to hitch rides with passing buses. We piled back on after failing to catch rides. Then down the road, at a toll booth, the bus crier found rides for all of us, paying for them himself. We stood in the aisle of the overloaded bus initially (no matter how rough a subway can get, it’s got nothing on a bus screaming down the curves of the Andes), but we eventually got seats as others reached their destination.