Living in Quito
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The surrounds of the house are typical for
People appear to keep dogs for security, which seems very important here. Getting the dogs spade or neutered is not so important. Most houses are surrounded by a
Two days ago, whilst in the middle of one of my Spanish classes with Mariana, I looked out the window of the class into the neighbouring paddock. A young dog was barking its head off and it had caught my attention. I watched it for awhile and saw that it was trying to get up but couldn’t do so. It appeared that it was caught in some plastic or something, so I went to investigate, to see if it was all right. On arrival I was disgusted to find that someone had deliberated tied this poor ginger pooch, not unlike Rastus, in a plastic sack. A hole at been cut in the side of the sack and its head pushed tightly through, so that it could not escape, and the entrance to the sack tied tightly around its neck with wire and bailing twine. There are many ways to kill a dog, but putting it in an oven bag and leaving it to cook in the sun is not one of them. After five minutes or so of debating whether or not this dog might be dangerous or have rabies, I could not leave it to die this way. He seemed to realise we were there to help and had calmed down, was not foaming at the mouth and didn’t snarl when I approached, so I began to untie the sack, and used a pair of scissors to cut the sack away, to allow him to escape. He´d been there all night and half the day, I expect, as he could not stand straight away. I went to get him some water and something to eat. After he had taken some sustenance and after 10 minutes or so, he was off to his freedom. Life for a dog is pretty tough here too.
Spanish classes have been going ok. I comprehend grammar and structure no problem but I become frustrated at how quickly I forget new words and cannot recall them when I want to. I guess I cant expect too much after only a few days.
I have spent a couple of half days walking around the old city and
People here look very different to the people in
A couple of days ago we walked up to the huge Madonna on the hill in
The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for here. The churches we visited in old
Gringolandia, as it is referred to by the locals here, in the north of