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January 24th 2008
Published: January 24th 2008
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Saturday January 19, 2008

After breakfast, I went for a walk with my camera, with the goal of getting up somewhere higher to get a good view of the city. First, I went downtown to a “Cabina telefónica” to call my daughters Megan and Melinda. I had a nice talk with Megan, but there was no answer on Melinda’s phone. Meg said they were heading out that day, so they may have left.

I had seen a church steeple high up on a hill outside of town “ La Iglesia Turi”, so I started walking towards it. I followed the road towards it, as it switch-backed it’s way up. Eventually, I found a staircase that looked like it went up to the church, so I started up on it. It was a long climb up those stairs, probably an elevation gain of about 200 metres. Eventually I was rewarded with a great view and was able to take lots of pictures. There was even a vendor up there who sold me a cold bottle of juice. Interestingly, she didn’t speak Spanish - just one of the indigenous languages. A truck driver who was making a delivery at the time translated for me.

After climbing down from the hill, I headed into the downtown area to go to a restaurant for lunch. As I was walking down a street, a well dressed man came up to me and asked the time. I showed him my watch, and continued towards the restaurant. Along the way, I felt something wet on the back of my legs, but just thought that there was a bit of a rain shower.

I sat down in the restaurant and took off my camera bag and put it on the seat beside me. I noticed the camera bag had a broken egg on it - someone had thrown it at me. Then, I saw the man who asked me the time come into the restaurant, and he asked me if he could buy me a drink, and motioned me towards the bar. I got up and headed towards him, but then felt uncomfortable leaving my camera alone, so I turned around and went back and sat down. As I did so, a woman beside me said that there were two other men outside who were waiting to steal my camera! The guy was setting me up. My theory about the egg was that they through it at me to try and get me to remove the strap from over my shoulder and head so they could grab it. Anyway, they disappeared quickly. I had some tostados and cheese with a Corona. Afterwards, I walked home looking over my shoulder as I went.




Una Gran Vista y una Lección Barata

Sábado el 19 de Enero de 2008

Después de desayuno, di un paseo con mi cámara, con la meta de cobrar a alguna parte más alto para obtener una buena vista de la ciudad. Primero, fui al centro para una “ Cabina Telefónica ” para llamar a mi hijas Megan y Melinda. Tuve una conversación agradable con Megan, pero no hubo respuesta en el teléfono de Melinda. Meg dijo que se encaminaban a Steinback, así es que pudieron haber salido.

Había visto un capitel de la iglesia alto en una colina afuera de pueblo “ Iglesia Turi ”, así es que comencé a andar hacia él. Proseguí el camino que hacia eso, como eso de curvas muy pronunciadas está muy levantado. Eventualmente, encontré que una escalera que pareció que se acercó a la iglesia, así es que me sobresalté en ella. Fue una larga subida arriba de esas escaleras, probablemente una ganancia de elevación de aproximadamente 200 metros. Eventualmente fui recompensado con una gran vista y pude tomar montones de cuadros. Hubo aun un vendedor allá arriba quién me vendió una botella fría de jugo. Interesantemente, ella no habló español - simplemente un de los lenguajes indígenas. Un conductor de camión que hacía una entrega en el tiempo tradujo para mí.

Después de bajar de la colina, dirigí en el área del centro de la ciudad a ir a un restaurante para almuerzo. Como iba andando por una calle, un hombre bien vestido llegó a la altura de mí y preguntó el tiempo. Le mostré mi reloj de pulsera, y continué hacia el restaurante. Por el camino adelante, sentí algo mojar en la parte trasera de mis piernas, pero acabo de pensar que hubo un poquito de un aguacero pluvial.

Me senté en el restaurante y me quité mi bolsa de la cámara y la puse en el asiento al lado de mí. Me fijé que la bolsa de la cámara tuvo un huevo quebrado en ella - alguien lo había lanzado a mí. Entonces, vi al hombre que me preguntó la vez herede el restaurante, y él me preguntó si él me podría comprar una bebida, y me podría indicar hacia el bar. Me levanté y me encaminé hacia él, pero entonces me sentí incómodo olvidándose de mi cámara, así es que di la vuelta y regresé y me senté. ¡Como hice eso, una mujer al lado de mí dijo que hubo dos otros hombres afuera quien estaba esperando robar mi cámara! El amigo me hacía caer en una trampa. Mi teoría acerca del huevo fue que a través de ella en mí para intentar y obligarme a quitar la correa de sobre mi hombro y cabeza así es que la podrían agarrar. De cualquier manera, desaparecieron rápidamente. Tuve algunos tostados y el queso con una Corona. Después, guié casa mirando por encima de mi hombro como fui.





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25th January 2008

Nasty Thieves!
I bet your camera would be worth a years pay for those guys but they would hawk it for far less! Too bad, but lucky you didn't loose it. Enjoying the blogs and photos - have a great weekend!
26th January 2008

Wet Feeling
That scam is common in Ecuador and Colombia. Somebody behind you will wet you with water or whatever. I'm not exactly sure how it helps them rob you, but it is part of their plan. THe best thing to do, if you feel wet like that, is just keep walking, and keep alert. In a hostel in Bogota, this scam and others are outlined on a poster on a wall.
29th January 2008

Yikes!
Never seen that 'trick' with water, but have seen it done with ketchup and mustard, where the 'helpful friend' will wipe off the condiment, while he's helping himself to your pocket. Your Blogs have been great and Ali and I enjoy living vicariously through you!

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