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Quito Colonial Chatter, Issue #028
September 15, 2012
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Around Quito

Still at close to the top of the news, Julian Assange this month came out as far as he was allowed to - the Embassy's balcony to assert his stand on truth and justice. He addressed the US on its witch hunt and praised the courage of Ecuador's prez.

Of course, now the US is dealing with its own embassy's issues with the Muslim world, and they are huge... because of some US jerk that set out to insult the Muslims. But that's news for another publication.

Ecuador Problems - Solutions

Once again, the airport completion has been tossed off into the future. February this time. If you are in Ecuador for any length of time, you know that's how the cookie crumbles here.

Visas can be really tricky. You need a good lawyer that keeps up with Ecuador's ever-changing rules and requirements. No one in charge really listens to complaints.

To alleviate ever-increasing traffic problems, sources say Quito is on its way to a 22km tunnel, and the digging should start in August 2013. We'll see.

The first part of the project is supposed to start this November. It will eventually result in a 15-station train line that they claim will be finished in 2016. Uh-huh, just like the airport was to be finished years ago.

The cost is over a billion dollars, which supposedly will come from the European Investment Bank, the Latin American Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Quito's own municipality, and loans by the Ecuadorian Social Security Bank... uh-oh. I could comment on this last one, but I won't.

Finally the out-of-order Basilica clock ticks accurately with barely audible hourly gongs on the hour. Unless you're listening for them, you won't hear them.

Tourism in Ecuador

Tungurahua Volcano near Banos spits fire into the sky again, prompting evacuations to escape clouds of gas and ash... 110 miles south of Quito.

Angel tells me, Banos doesn't have a problem, but the other surrounding villages do.

Tour Guide

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