Life in the Andes

Amy Van Allen - School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

amy van allenLife in a rural Ecuadorian Andean community- where the climbs are steep and breathing at 10,000 feet when you live at sea level is simply hard- is also a reminder to slow down and savor the daily joys of lowing cows, braying donkeys, and fresh air. There’s nothing like watching the baby llama, Quillo (KEY-zho, or yellow in the local Kichwa language), serve as lawn mower under the hanging laundry while you swing on a home-made swing and wait for your local colleagues to arrive for the day’s working session on determining community goals in the recovery of their cultural heritage. Sure beats the regular office.