Day 4 – Crossing the Line

In a new three part series, designed to prolong the amount of posts you get from me because I will be leaving to the tropical dry forest alongside the coasts of Ecuador and I must post at least every two weeks in order to keep a valid blog according to IAP, I will describe the three day journey (the first part being just Day 1) throughout El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. Sometime you just have make do with what you’ve got (familiar anyone?) so please bear with me.

May 28th, 2014

Let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns) and describe the Orchid Reserve. But before that, I have to describe a popular tourist trap of the supposed monument that marks the equator in the town that claims its fame: Calacali in the Pichincha Province of Quito. This ancient waypoint has felt the looks of awestruck wonder and amazement of tourists and natives alike trying to comprehend the complexity of being in two different hemispheres at the same time. And because of the seemingly magical properties of this longstanding monument, this town has been reaping the proverbial benefits, complete with its own local “School of the Equator”. If this school were truly centered only on that particular subject, I would seriously doubt the educational content and potential for academic success at that school. I’m glad I don’t attend there. I couldn’t even imagine what the mascot would be… Terrible. As you can already tell from my overtly apparent mocking attitude towards this landmark, my skeptic’s intuition tells me that this is nothing more than just a get-rich-quick-scheme concocted by some José somebody – but hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. But apparently this tourist trap has done its job because I took pictures celebrating our false belief in the straddle-ment of the equator.

Credito Fotográphico: Luis Gonzalez
Credito Fotográphico: Luis Gonzalez

Oh my gosh, I can’t handle this anymore… On to orchids.