Ecuador – Guayaquil
I’d like to take a moment to reiterate the importance of accents when using translation programs. The only English translation in El Museo Municipal replaced tenía (“did have”) with something much sillier.
I am not entirely sure what else to say about the city of Guayaquil. Being the largest city in Ecuador, I was expecting something more enchanting. But everything is seems very “common” to me. It’s very much a working man’s city.
Much effort is being put into improving the infrastructure of the city. To such an extent that a permanent coating of dirt mixed with unregulated vehicle exhaust clings to everything. I saw multitudes attempting to clean, but little effect. It returns as quickly as it goes.
Our hotel is very nice. There are no buckets for our shit papers! Although I’m sure we will see them soon enough. Most of the hotels, however, were taken straight out of the “dystopian urban mega city” level of some FPS. Single flights of Featureless stairways pocked with forgotten bottles disappear beneath stacked rows of empty balconies. Petty crime is pretty rampant here. Who knew? Everyone! Because there are private, armed militia on every busy corner and outside large stores. Dude with a sub machine gun in his hand, finger at the ready? No problem, he is buying coffee. Do you like wearing body armor and walking the streets with a shotgun? Work for the mall!
There is, however, a central park with free-roaming iguanas. I will leave with a photo of two mating in front of a large audience. Perhaps they were filming a porn.