This morning I went on my last excursion to the Mittel del Mundo, the actual line of the Equator. I have crossed the equator many time by sea and by air, but never stood on the line.
It is really fascinating and I saw demonstrations of how the water really does go down the plug in a different direction on either side of the line and straight down when on the actual line. Also other anomalies which show how one’s weight and one’s strength are less on the line.
Of course I had the obligatory photograph taken! There is also the original line, about 300 m away, which was calculated by French scientists the 19th century and is marked by an impressive monument. I had a picture taken there too, but it was pouring down by then, so I didn’t hang around!Then a call at the Capella dos Hombres or Chapel of Man, which is an amazing gallery of the works of the artist and sculptor, Guayacamin.
Very impressive and very moving – his themes are based on peace and his expressionist art was influenced by Picasso. Too short a time was possible here because I had to get back through the traffic to pick up by transport to the airport, and the Quito traffic is notoriously heavy.
Check in is also requested at 3 hours before departure. Now on the way home via Guayacil, Madrid and London – not looking forward to this. But have had an amazing three weeks…
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