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Those Final Hours

Monañita, Ecuador

overcast 23 °C

Its down to the wire; I fly back to Canada on Wednesday. I´ve been excited to go home and see friends, and family but today it hit me quite unexpectedly how much I will miss South America.

I was sitting alone eating breakfast, enjoying the Saturday bustle of the street and the people. I didn´t even bring a book. Surfers, tourists, people from Guayaquil, all wander by. A middle aged man, with a big cardboard box under his arm was waving around a large dark crustacean, that looked like a lobster without the claws. Trying to sell his crabby wares to passerbys and shop keepers, various antennae poked out of the box.

And I thought, this is it. This is the essence of South America. A guy with a box of crabs he probably caught himself, waving them in the air and selling them by walking down the street. I´m going to miss that ever so casual take on business and life in general.

Going to Puerto Lopez tonight, to book a whale watching tour for tomorrow. Its the humpback whale mating season, and they breach right next to the boats. Cool!

After that, I head a bit more north to Manta, where I will fly to Quito. That quick 30 minute, $45 flight will save me more than 8 hours on a bus. Yay!

See you all soon!

Posted by SJS 11:39 Archived in Ecuador

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I can't wait to see you, Sarah!!! I know you'll miss South America, but I miss you! Counting the days......
Love Junio

06.08.2007 by Junio

Travel safely... Canadian soil misses you... ;-)

07.08.2007 by Rod S

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