The referendum during prohibition

I met a German friend at 10.45 am on Friday. “Hurry up! Go buy beer!”, he told me authentically scared. I was surprised. He explained that since noon the alcohol wouldn’t be sold – till Monday. Everything because of so called Ley seca, dry law, a temporary prohibition during 36 hours …

About the passing time

Ok, the title is a clickbait, I know. No philosophical divagations though, just another post from Ecuador. I’m seasonally leaving the topic of Peru for a moment (it will be back, I have still at least one, maybe two or even more texts to write about it) to write about …

My first earthquake

Yesterday I’ve crossed Ecuadorian border. I’m in Peru right now. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to write about Ecuador any more – I have still some material I haven’t used (I will, though!). Also, I haven’t left Ecuador for good. All the signs say that I’ll be back there …

Gringo

‘Oh, I’m going to seat next to the gringo’, said to his friend an old fat indigenous man who got on the bus. He took a place next to me. I was sitting with my laptop on my laps, trying to work. I could do it finally, after the man …

To finish the journey

About thirty years ago four friends decided to go to the mountains near Vilcabamba to the glacial lakes in Podocarpus National Park. They didn’t make it there. Feeling coming old age and lack of strength, they decided to go there once again to fulfil the drams from the youth. They …

The country for old men

In South America there are to valleys, where grow closely related species of trees which have hallucinogenic properties. Both species are called the same in quichua – huilco. In both valleys there are the towns called Vilcabamba. Bamba is cognate with pampa and means plain. When I first arrived to Vilcabamba, I was quite shocked …