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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, ECUADOR!

¡FELIZ DÍA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, ECUADOR!

On 10 August 1809, a group of revolutionaries (which included Manuela Cañizares and other women) delivered a letter to the French-imposed Spanish representative in Quito, inviting him to step down. This is considered the First Cry of Independence in Latin America – and thus earns Quito the nickname, “Luz de América” (Light of America).

There are many sites in Quito associated with this momentous act – and even a few myths. You may learn about some of them at my blog article:

5 Sites, 2 Myths : THE FIRST CRY OF INDEPENDENCE
https://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/5-sites-the-first-cry-of-independence

[Recently, though, I learned another twist to one of the myths. In fact, the first criollo city in South America to declare its independence was not Quito – but rather Chuquisaca, Bolivia – on 25 May 1809, over two months before Quito did! (https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independencia_de_Bolivia)]

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Today, let us take a poetic journey to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Throw yourself together some gooey s’mores (for in the US, it is National S’mores Day – and if you don’t know how to make them, you can find the recipe here : http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/smoresday.htm) …

… and tune into the composition “Suite Andine” by Chilean Carlos Lavín Acevedo (who was born 10 August 1883):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRBbhcnAULA

Safe Journeys!

MIDNIGHT ECHOES

L_caputoby Lorraine Caputo12 Aug 2016

A solitary church bell
across the valley encircled
by mountains & snow-peaked volcanoes
Slow one toll then another & …
of this hour

Foot falls
down grimed brick sidewalks
Past a towering basalt cross
Across the worn grey stones
of the plaza
Past the gated fountain
still spilling

Stray & pet dogs
barking & barking
From blackened homes on dim corners
down narrow cobbled streets
& blind alleys

Pounding pounding
on a centuries-old door
Thick oak wood polished by
untold rapping knuckles
& guarded by iron
clasps & bolts, locks
heavy wooden bar

Police whistles
scattered throughout the dark
like cricket song

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