The jungle!

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The view from my balcony!

Well I made it.  And I`m still alive!  Getting off the bus in the middle of nowhere and watching it disappear along the dirt track as I was left to face whatever awaited me was a little daunting, but all has turned out to be ok (so far!). 

The community is smaller than I had imagined (it is effectively one guy - Ernesto and his many many children (22 in total though 11 are up the road in a different community with his other wife!)).  And although they are indigenous they are not keeping up some of the traditions of clothing, religion, hunting etc as I thought they might.  But they are welcoming and the jungle is proving to be a really nice place to chill out.  I am fortunate that I am staying with Soren who is a guy who came to volunteer from Denmark a few years ago and stayed, marrying one of Ernesto`s daughters.

The beautiful Sangay volcano surrounded by cloud
  This means I get a mattress (what luxury), get to chill out in a hammock with the best views of the volcano Sangay (see the photos) and eat more than just yuca and savoury bananans all day!  Other volunteers are not so lucky!!

Unfortunately the website for the Foundation (see previous entry) is a vision of what will be done in the future, rather than what is the case now.  So they are working towards setting up a trip for tourists to come and see the jungle, but they are not there yet so everything is a bit more basic and projects underdeveloped than I had expected (plenty of squatting John, your prediction was correct though I am managing to balance ok at the moment!).  And the work they are making us do is, at times, fairly shitty eg lugging timber through the forest, or moving other basic materials which we then donĀ“t get to make into anything (I don`t think they trust us!).

Sangay in the day
  But we only have to work a few hours a day and not at weekends, and when the work is over it is instantly forgotten.

Best of all I`ve seen no large spiders yet, though I am assured they are everywhere so I`ve taken to keeping my mosquito net around my bed at all hours so they can`t possibly crawl into my sleeping bag!  I did see a snake the other day but it was sufficiently submissive and quickly made it`s way back into the grass.  The nightime walk back to the house is pretty frightening though, a samll flashlight really isn`t sufficient to know if you`re about to be attacked by something terrible!  I might buy them some floodlights instead!

Next weekend we`ve been promised a 3 day walk into the jungle which should be really good as we haven`t seen the really dense forest yet.

A game of cards with Sebastian ("Sabrina") and volunteers using candle-light
  And I`ve also been invited to work in the school a bit as the current English teacher volunteer is German and probably has the worst English of all of us.  Then again I have the worst Spanish so I`m not sure how well it`ll go!  I`m going to try and look for a world map in Puyo so I can show them a bit about the rest of the world.  In total I expect to stay at least 3 weeks, and a 4th if the work improves.  5 was a little too hopeful I think, Southern Ecuador and North Peru awaits!!

siri says:
Glad you are enjoying jungle life! I expect you are warmer than us (we are in Ushuaia!). Have a great time and remember to check your shoes for spiders before you put them on! Ri n Si x
Posted on: Oct 29, 2006
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The view from my balcony!
The view from my balcony!
The beautiful Sangay volcano surro…
The beautiful Sangay volcano surr…
Sangay in the day
Sangay in the day
A game of cards with Sebastian (S…
A game of cards with Sebastian ("…
A beautiful and rare (non-cloudy) …
A beautiful and rare (non-cloudy)…
A bit of the surrounding forest
A bit of the surrounding forest
Hello, it`s me in the jungle!
Hello, it`s me in the jungle!
The volcano Sangay again!
The volcano Sangay again!
Puyo
photo by: Biedjee