OA's Project Ecuador

Opportunitas Aequa's first project is the collection of new and used soccer equipment to be transported and distributed to the rural province of Chimborazo in Ecuador. The goal of Project Ecuador is to deliver 1000 soccer balls, and 1000 pairs of soccer cleats to some of the most impoverished children in Ecuador.

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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

3.11.2007

El Nariz del Diablo

Just back from the Devil's Nose (pictured above), and thought I would fill everyone in quickly on how amazing Ecuador scenary can be. It is impossible to do the train ride justice here, but I will do my best.

We woke up at 5:30 am to secure solid seats on the train, everyone rides on top of the cars so it can be a bit of a mad house. After the typical Ecuadorian delays we set off on a very beautiful tour of the countryside. Brenden, Duncan, Andrew and myself watched in amazement as the vegetation changed from mountain greens to desert tans. Very cool.

Along the way we stopped in a couple small towns and passed by some very candid scenary - including kids bathing in a large cement tub, women working, and children playing games. The colour of life made taking pictures pretty easy.
The actual section of the train which gives the ride its name is a crazy switchback down a mountain face. If you look very close in the top picture (of the Nose itself), you can see the track cut into the side of the mountain. Looking over the side took you breath away (below). Pretty intense stuff.So with six hours of riding on top of a train that felt like it could tip at any time behind us, we are going to head back to Casa Condor and rest up for tomorrow. Back to work for OA.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Nerine said...

Thanks for writing this.

6:57 PM  

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