Wednesday, June 12, 2013
These two motorcyclists are coming all the way from Guatemala City. They are heading south of Ecuador. For those interested in motorcycle travel in Central / South America, their website may prove very useful: www.2wheelchronicle.com.
They told us that so far the roads were ok. They went from Panama to Columbia on a sail boat, with the bikes.
There is one tuk tuk in Vilcabamba.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Vilcabamba, Ecuador, celebrates 152 years of existence: las fiestas de Vilcabambas, another joyful week in paradise.
Every year Vilcabamba celebrates the anniversary of its creation. It has nothing to do with the Independence of Ecuador like we thought last year. This is the schedule of events for this week.
The school "13 de Abril" is transformed into a fair.
This is Angelina's classroom.
An this is Louis's!
The stage is getting set up for the band from Quito, K-TLEYA, the number one band in Ecuador.
They played merengue and other upbeat South American music. Nice.
This was an enjoyable show. The sound was good too.
On Sunday morning, they held a mass celebrating the 152 years of existence of Vilcabamba. Our friend Maria spoke at the microphone.
Angelina is part of the choir of Vilcabamba. They sang many songs that morning. We will add movies of the choir in our YOUTUBE account (type "christelleday" with the quotation marks in youtube.com) at the end of June.
You do not have to wear conservative clothing in the church like it is usually the case in Latin America. Spaghetti tops and short skirts allowed. Here Miss Vilcabamba is delivering flowers.
The arts and crafts fair was all around the plaza.
This lady was selling roasted "cuy", or Guinea pig, a treat here in Ecuador.
This is peach liquor.
We ate some of this goat stew, a traditional Ecuadorian dish.
Angelina's choir teacher ended up sitting accross from us with his family. We had a great time visiting with them!
We came accross our neighbours Vice, Gisella and their son Carlos.
A local band played some Ecuadorian music for the dancers.
We will add a movie of this dance in youtube.
Empanadas, or cheese pockets.
We met Rosa and her daughter Michele. We like them a lot, like other Vilcabambans. Very nice people.
The elders got to have some fun too!
There were 4 soccer games in the afternoon: kids, women and men.
By the way, the soccer team of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is called "Barcelona".
People came from all over for this fiesta.
The next day was the drum and majorette rehearsal for the school. Louis is in the last row, wearing a red tee-shirt. The rehearsal was intense.
Louis insisted that he wanted to be a "tambor" for the march.
Angelina, on the right of this picture, insisted to be a "bastonera" or majorette.
Yamburara is a neighbourhood of Vilcabamba.
One high school from Loja came to advertise their school. They wan the first prize.
Their performance was perfect.
The band was also perfect.
This is the finish line. The whole town was attending. Everything else was at a standstill. Every year it is a big event here in Vilcabamba.
Things sounded and looked a little military at the end.
The Liceo de Loja.
13 de Abril.
Everything was well scheduled and organized.
On the right is Michele, our baby sitter until she got too busy to babysit anymore. She is preparing a hard test to get into the math and physics university in Loja. Things are getting tough here too. She has to go to class in Loja in addition to the high school here. She wants to become an engineer. Best of luck Michele!
It's over. It looks like all these young people enjoyed it.
Overall, this week of fiesta was lively and happy throughout the town.
We were not able to get pictures of all the organizations that marched.
This is Pepe and Louis.