The girls visit the equator, change hostels, Juliet teaches a Pilates series that Rachel and Lola (and readers) can do every morning before they get out of bed. They visit a museum and journey through the history of South America, learn about indigenous cultures, learn about Amazon cocoa plants from a scientist, and party with Senor Soul (from the Lima-Guayaquil bus) and two English guys from their hostel. Juliet has her first confronting experience with poverty. Very hungover the next morning they make their way to the airport.
Chapter 6: A Secret Garden (Quito)
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- Havana: Aesthetics of an old city in ... — My partner and I recently spent a week in Cuba in June, mostly in the apocalyptic-like old city of Havana. My research supervisor asked if we speak at a “soiree” at his house, and in preparation I gathered some of my thoughts here. While I reveled in the history and politics, my partner is an artist and conversationalist, leading him [...]
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- Japan – a poem — An experiment with experiential learning Brought me back Seven years had passed Since I called Tokyo my home Like an ex-lover Familiar but different A flood of memories In the streets, big and small The love and the hate I once felt for the city, for the culture and for a boy Fused, buried A different self, many life times [...]
- Blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lam... — On Tuesday 18 June, I shook hands and looked into the eyes of the man who seems to be the happiest man in the world—His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. More than meeting him, at the end of our event I received a blessing from him. It was very real but also surreal. As one might [...]