I live in a mostly abandoned neighborhood where packs of wild dogs roam free–and sometimes attack me. I began to hate dogs. Then I met B.
Amid a disputed election and allegations of fraud nationwide protests break out in Ecuador.
The clouds had cleared and there was still time before the sun fell behind the mountains so when I got to the top of the hill, where I was supposed to turn left to head home, I kept going. I cycled past the airport and up another hill that took me away from the highway,
You can learn a lot about a place by observing how dogs exist within that society. I’ll compare the U.S., Ecuador and Laos; three nations I have lived in with vastly different cultures. In the U.S. stray dogs are almost entirely non existent because any that do are quickly trapped and put in cages. Many
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It’s my last night in Ecuador and I’m leaving a bar with some friends when one of the bartenders runs out after us.
“Are you the guy who exchanges $2 bills?”
He pulls out a ten. “I’ll take five.”