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  • Turbulences?" asked our taxi driver when we left the airport in Quito

    I nodded. I hate flying with turbulences and before Quito, you know The Andes are high and near, lots of turbulences. Lots of turbulences on nearly every single of 12 flights in 25 days. Hard for this little me that I happen to be!

    " Here we always have turbulences, always clouds, always a turbulent sky!" The man explains happily," That is why it is hard to go up with the Cable Car: you get up there and do not see a thing. But, listen to me: on Fridays there are no clouds! Believe me, I have observed this over the years: nearly every Friday here in Quito there are no clouds, no rain, blue and clear skies!"

    On Frida, though we go to La Mitad del Mundo, the Equator Line that goes through very near Quito. All LatinAmerican presidents are just having an important meeting in a very modern convention center there. The sky is clear. It has been clear since Wednesday.

    " There is a line painted, the Equator, you know," the driver had said," Nobody can walk on that line, even though it is quite wide, Electromagnetism pulls you either north or south. Also: if you take an egg and put it on a nail and stand it up (!!!) right at the center of the Equator Line: the egg will sit on that nail head and not fall. If you try any other place: the egg will fall and break.!"

    People from all the world walk the yellow line, a line imagined by human brains, and I see noone fall. To fall you need to have had a bunch of beers! Noone has an egg or a nail and I am sure no egg will stand on no nail anywhere in the world.... I still believed that water in the closet bowl turns opposite directions on the northern or southern hemisphere, you might also have seen this with the Simpsons. Well, this also is NOT TRUE. Water runs this or that way depending on where it enters...

    What was NOT a myth is that as some people eat cat stew in Peru (Chincha and Collado) here in Ecuador people are crazy about eating Cuy, a kind of Hamster or guinea Pig. They love it, it is offered everywhere, our taxi driver invites us. But we cannot eat a cat or a cuy, even at the Equator and with the clearest of skies...


    La Ronda, Quito, Ecuador
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