ECUADOR: Last Gold Country

With a graceful wave of his hand President Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno last week bade his people celebrate Martes de carnes-tolendas (Mardi Gras) with fitting abandon. Ahead were 40 days of fasting & prayer, but for Fat Tuesday the Rio Guayas had yielded many fish to be eaten; there were many casks full of vino tinto to be drunk; on almost every corner in bustling Guayaquil were vendors with carts laden with confetti, streamers and chizguetes (perfume squirters).* President Baquerizo Moreno had given his own granddaughter, Senorita Rosa...

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