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October 15, 2014
Day 12 of Ecuador Trip - Coming Full Circle

Sani Isla and Their Struggle We began our final day in Quito on a different note. We were back at Café Cultura and we learned that we were meeting with some representatives of the Sani Isla Community. This seemed like...

October 7, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 11 of Ecuador Trip - One Last Embrace with the Amazon

Departing Sarayaku This day was our final day in Sarayaku. It was a sad day, but unlike our departure from the Yasuni Kichwa Eco-Lodge, our goodbye was prolonged instead of rushed. This left everyone feeling like they had more closure. Our...

October 3, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 10 of Ecuador Trip - Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Early Morning Guayasa Ceremony Since I was feeling much better than the day before, I decided I should be present for the Guayusa Ceremony. Many members of our group wanted to do this after it was mentioned earlier in the...

September 24, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 9 of Ecuador Trip - Dealing with Diarrhea (A Cautionary Tale)

An Unpleasant Night Following the dinner I had to leave, I laid in bed tossing and turning. My stomach churned as I tried to calm it. I came to the realization that I was sick with something unfortunate. That unfortunate...

September 22, 2014  |  by: Flick Ford and Zachary Smith
I met up first with Atossa and Sarah from Amazon Watch and then with Zach and his mom Alice at about 9AM at the Indigenous picnic area at 57th and 7th for breakfast – a scone and a tamale, fresh fruit and...
September 19, 2014  |  by: Flick Ford
Existential Externalities
...if they put up a straw man – burn it…
September 16, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 8 of Ecuador Trip - Entering Sarayaku

Farewell to the Yasuni Kichwa Eco-Lodge             Saying goodbye to the Yasuni Kichwa Eco-Lodge was difficult, both emotionally and logistically. Just as everyone was getting acquainted with the place and was settling in, our stay was ending. Fortunately, we still...

September 11, 2014  |  by: Flick Ford
Occupy The People's Climate Change March
This is a people's march - not a political rally - let's keep that in mind!
September 9, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 7 of Ecuador Trip - Patience Is A Virtue

A Guide To Visiting The Rainforest My last full day at the Yasuni Kichwa Eco-Lodge was a test of my patience. Nature is unpredictable, and as spectacular as it can be, there are times where it seems like nothing is...

September 8, 2014  |  by: Zachary Smith
Day 6 of Ecuador Trip - Trekking Into Yasuni

The Early Bird Get’s The Worm This sixth day of the trip began earlier than most. We woke up before the sun came out to catch the birds off guard. Our plan was to climb a tower built by the...