This week I present the proud people of Ecuador. They are students and workers. There are no cardboard signs asking for money, instead there are jugglers and street performers at intersections. (We read that one got hit by a car!) Entrepreneurs push wheelbarrows of fruit, or hawk anything and everything from spray bottles to potato chips, from doggie sweaters to pillows and blankets for the long bus ride. They step onto the buses selling baggies of coconut water, baskets of homemade bread, tamales, cut fruit and candies. Some bravely sing along to music blaring from their boombox to sell their CDs. Babies are carried on their mother’s back and children play alongside their working mothers and fathers as they sell toilet paper at the bus station toilets or their wares along the sidewalks.
This past week we’ve been traveling and enjoying the magnificent scenery of this beautiful country. I’ll catch up with you next week!