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Almost January 1st

Ano Viejo

December 31st 2006
We spent the new year with friends from SAE. In Ecuador, the celebration is to recognize the past year - accomplishments and happiness, as well as failures and upsets. Effigies of disliked people are made with notes listing the failures of the past year and burned at midnight. One of the best parts is walking around town the week prior to the 31st and seeing the effigies in front of all the sto ... read more
South America » Ecuador » North » Quito

Ecuadorian Flag The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A b... ... read more
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