Creation date / 2003 / Week 24
We visited Parque Carolina, a huge park in the middle of Quito, which was quite nice, though mostly bereft of people.
Jeff was delighted by this sign at the Jardin mall. I'll leave the translation as an exercise for the reader.
Although this picture doesn't do a very good job of capturing it, there was a gasoline distribution strike going on most of the time I was in Ecuador, creating lines for gas over a mile long at every gas station in the city. Whether the lines were actually caused by a shortage or just a fear of a shortage, we were never able to tell.
This as a picture of Pablo Castro, our excellent Spanish teacher with whom we had daily 4-hour lessons in the first floor of the Panchos' residence, which serves as a German language school in the afternoon.
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Old Town. We are staying in new town, so we decided to visit some of the old buildings and churches and stuff, which I actually find to be pretty outrageously boring.
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Mitad del Mundo. A monument erected on the equator, which is about 30km north of Quito. Quite impressive, even though it's about 100m off the actual mark, which they discovered only six years ago using GPS and GIS. Oops!
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On the next weekend (Bryan's last), Adrean took us out to his flower farm (if US customs asks, I was never on any farm), and that of his brother. We brought along his two children, Renata (3) and Adrean (5).
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On the farm, all of the flower beds have seeping hoses that precisely control the amount of water and fertilizer delivered. These are the tanks that hold the fertilizer and the pumps and such that control them.
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Here is a veiw over a large part of the farm, which mostly grows one kind of flower, Liatris, which have long spikes which eventually bloom into purple flowers.
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In addition to Liatris, he also grows Gerber daisies, which he has in some incredible colors. The pictures really don't do them justice.
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While not a rose, this thornless flower is also grown and comes in colors you just can't get roses.
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All of the unused plant matter is composted and used as fertilizer
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Gerber daisies in buckets getting ready to be shipped out, with netting around the blooms to protect them.
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After being picked, the flowers rest in dark, cool rooms, and are then dried and refrigerated for boxing so that they will last the two weeks necessary to make them salable.
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At his brother's farm, another kind of flower called "Million Stars." You can see why.