Community based tourismYou become a part of the community when on an expedition through a local forest or climate.

There are detailed explanations from the local guides on different types of medicinal plants and natural medicines used by the local community. They tell of how the people from the area have been using the plants for generations against all kinds of illnesses.

Anything from stomach aches to mosquito bites can be healed with the use of a leaf or sap of a tree. Furthermore, as you wander through the forest the guide tells you of where the monkeys spend their nights and what kind of habits they have. You begin to realize how comfortable people move through the forest that has provided for centuries. Not a detail seems to get passed him and to every question you ask, an answer is given.

"My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me." – Dashboard Confessionals.

 

It's been a boring week.

 

Went on my first (and last) pub-crawl. Too much sitting, not enough dancing, plus I'm clueless as to how girls are able to make those ugly pub-crawl t-shirts so slutty and amazing.

 

Ecuadorian Alexandra Escobar won the first medal of gold for her country, by winning the weight lifting category at the 15th Pan-American Games in Río de Janeiro, with a lift that gave her a new continental record.

The 27 year old of Santo Domingom Esmeraldes, totalled 223.98 in her lift which gave her victory.

The champion beat off fierce competition from Colombia's Rusmeris Villar that won the silver  and from Argentinean María Cecilia Floriddia, who won bronze.

President Correa has been under constant attack from the Ecuadorian Congress since taking office in January this year. He pledged to get dissolve Congress in an attempt to rid corruption from the nation. His support from the Ecuadorian public has been nothing short of outstanding with a report from the centre of Studies and Data suggesting that he had at one point 76% of the country behind him.

The support is, however, beginning to wane with the latest figures saying that he is now down to 54%. Just over half the country.

The swimmer Camila Nájera attained three national records, in the personal category, during the Interclubes Tournament competition last weekend. The tests were completed in the ‘Semi Olympic' pool of the Quito Tennis and Golf Club.
Ecuadorian minister of Economy, Ricardo Patiño, has informed that the audit commission that it will analyse the Ecuadorian debt with economic technicians from Ecuador, England, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Peru, among others.

Q: What is your name?

A: Inés Praga

Q: Occupation?

A: Craftswoman

Q: Age?

A: 33

Q: Town?

A: Santa Rosa de Pucará, Intag, Ecuador

Q: Your dream?

A: To keep working and getting ahead, and giving my children a good profession.

Q: Your favourite food?

A: Sweets and cakes.

Q: What do you like most about tourists?

A: When they are friendly towards us and we can share things with them.

Q: What do you do at the weekend?

A: If I’m not working I like to spend time with my children.

Q: Favourite music?

A: Reggaton and the cumbia.

Q: Last joke you heard?

A: A Colombian says: Soy de Pasto, soy de Pasto (I’m from Pasto), y la vaca se lo comió (and the cow ate him). (pasto also means gras sor pasture)

Q: Ideal date?

A: A nice walk into new places.

Q: Football team support?

A: Club 14 de febrero (local team in Santa Rosa)

Q: When did you learn the salsa?

A: At school when I was 8 but I don’t really like it.

Q: Favourite drink?

A: Beer

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A: I wanted to study to be something.

Q: Ever been abroad?

A: No, but I’d like to visit the United States and Spain for example.

Q: Favourite place?

A: Spain

Q: Favourite Spanish word?

A: Majo (kind/nice/friendly)

Q: If you were an animal, which one would you be?

A: A cow.

Q: favourite celebrity?

A: I don’t have one.

Q: What is your name?

A: Milton Arcos

Q: Occupation?

A: Coordinator of an ecological reserve.

Q: Age?

A: 37

Q: Town?

A: Santa Rosa de Pucará, Intag, Ecuador

Q: Your dream?

A: To live near and from nature.

Q: Your favourite food?

A: Tortillas.

Q: What do you like most about tourists?

A: Their help with conservation work and talking about environmental issues with them.

Q: What do you do at the weekend?

A: Play volleyball, the 40 (card game) and have some beer.

Q: Favourite music?

A: The cumbia.

Q: Last joke you heard?

A: I don’t remember.

 

Q: Ideal date?

A: By the river.

Q: Football team support?

A: Barcelona (of Ecuador, not Spain)

Q: When did you learn the salsa?

A: At school when I was about 7.

Q: Favourite drink?

A: Pilsener beer

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A: Nothing specific.

 

Q: Ever been abroad?

A: In southern Colombia.

Q: Favourite place?

A: I like Otavalo.

Q: Favourite Spanish word?

A: Huevada (a sticky situation, pain in the ass)

Q: If you were an animal, which one would you be?

A: An otter.

Q: favourite celebrity?

A: Shakira.
"The Further Adventures of Keith L Cullen" is a blog that documents traveller Keith Cullen's trip through Central and South America. This hilarious and thought provoking blog follows Keith as he attempts to fit into a new culture, learn a new language and meet fellow travellers and locals.

Originally from Ireland, Keith ventured from his hometown to Guatemala in January of this year. While the blog was created to document his travels for his friends and family, it is an entertaining and informative read for anyone thinking of travelling to South America, or for those looking for a first hand account of South American culture.

Sleeping in airports is a funny and informative webpage with tips on saving money while travelling. As the title suggests, its main focus is on sleeping in airports while travelling, rather than a hotel or hostel.

The site was created by Donna McSherry. In 1994, Donna flew from Canada to Ireland. During her stay in Ireland, she stuck to a tight budget by hitchhiking, bringing along her own food, and of course, sleeping in airports. Upon returning home, Donna started a webpage with moneysaving tips for fellow travellers on a budget.

In its 14 years on the Internet, the webpage has expanded to include over 3800 airports that have been sleep-tested by budget conscious travellers. Finding a specific airport is easy. Simply click on the continent, then the country, then city and finally on the airport. Each airport has been graded, and includes traveller’s stories from their time dozing there. The stories are both helpful and hilarious.

One of my favourite stories occurred at Heathrow airport where an employee, determined to clean the floor, hits one sleeper in the face. You can find it at this link under “Ross” at http://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/londonheathrow.htm.

The site also features some great tips for first time airport sleepers, such as bringing along an inflatable mattress and a set of earplugs. (http://www.sleepinginairports.net/tips.htm).

So before heading out on your next great adventure, have a quick look at www.sleepinginairports.net. Not only will it provide you with a good laugh, it may also save you money!

Jarabe de Palo frontman Pau Done wanted to be consistent publishing his previous album Un Metro Cuadrado 1m2. "People should be able come to us just like they can to a painting by Picasso or a movie by Almodovar, knowing beforehand what to expect," he explained to his fans just a few years ago. But there's a fine line between consistency and redundancy, and much of Un Metro Cuadrado fell disappointingly in the latter camp. And he has accomplished the same with the latest album Adelantando. It's too bad because there is so much to love about Jarabe de Palo's signature sound, an appealing mishmash of Caribbean, African, flamenco, and blues styles.

The absence of industrial politics, the lack of a technological innovation and the electric expense rates are some of the factors that have impeded the development of the national industry in Ecuador.

The warning, however, is not new. In 2004, the Organization of the United Nations for the Industrial (Onudi) Development affirmed that "the Ecuadorian manufacturer is crossing the critical moment."

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