Posted by: Googie | April 11, 2010

Baños

I had some shopping to do, so I wanted to go to one of the 2 closest towns – either Baños or Ambato. Some of the volunteers were heading to Ambato to watch a football game, while Romel, a local Ecuadorian who was the gardener at the school was going to Baños to meet his mother.

I chose to go to Baños with Romel because I thought there would be a better chance of an inter-cultural experience. The driver of our bus to Baños was a psycho. He drove the bus as if it was a motorcycle, which did provide a lot of excitement.

Whatever the name may also mean, Baños in reality is a beautiful town set amidst some truly majestic mountains. There is a grand church in town, and Romel’s house is right behind it. Calling it a house is not really appropriate, because it is no larger than a prison cell meant for solitary confinement. Romel’s ex-wife threw him out of the house so he was relegated to living in this make-do shelter just outside the gate of what once used to be his home. His mother lived next door with his brother/sister, who did not seem too pleased to see him. From their expressions, I guessed he wasn’t really the perfect family man. But his mother was a sweet old lady who made some fruit juice for me.

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Romel’s “house” with the gate of what once used to be his house

After blogging for some time, I went to a super market and bought some stuff. We took a taxi back to Salasaca, and not only did I have to pay the taxi fare, but also had to give some money to Romel. Got to be careful here.

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  1. lol i love your last sentence : “and not only did I have to pay the taxi fare, but also had to give some money to Romel. Got to be careful here.”


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