First day of Archaeology


June 21, 2009

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Quito Skyline
The Hacienda Gauchala

We met the group at the Magic Bean at 9:30 am. After introductions and the usual health and safety admonitions, we boarded a bus to take us to the archaeoligical site. As we entered the Pan American highway, there were vendors walking among the vehicles waiting to pay toll, hawking everything from kids toys to fruit. We traveled through farmland and forests of eucaliptus trees and agave. After 1 hour 45 minutes, we arrived at the Hacienda Gauchala, where we will spend the next five weeks.
Outside of our room
Horse and Foal

The Hacienda is lovely. The church dates from 1583. Our room has a double bed and a twin bed, a private bath (only human waste can be flushed; Toilet paper must be wrapped into a pretty package and deposited in the trash), a table and two chairs, plus a fireplace to provide heat. Firewood is provided daily.

Our wing used to be horse stables. We had to step over some horse poo on the sidewalks of downtown Quito, but it's ubiquitous here. Outside our lab window was this horse and foal (lying down). We can hear a donkey braying nearby.

Ecuador is quite a culture shock, from peanut butter and mustard coming in plastic squeeze pouches, to music being played loudly at all hours of the day and night. We are in for a very interesting summer!

©2009 Sandy Schreyer