Saturday, August 12, 2017
Mitad del Mundo
After the Amazon, I returned to Quito for two nights. I took advantage of this day to wash all my wet, stinky cloths from the Amazon. Nothing dries there and everything gets slimy! Yuck! I also went to the middle of the world, Mitad del Mundo. I got my picture at the famous monument located at the “fake” equator. The monument is surrounded by Ecuadorian shops, museum, and a cultural center which has a touristy, Disneyworld-like feel. About 100 meters down the road is the real equator and a smaller, more authentic museum. Here is where I saw an egg balance on a nail head, water drain straight down (compared to swirling right or left less than 5 ft away from the equator) and your strength holding your arms up decrease due to the force pushing down on you at the equator. I have now stood on the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and have a stamp in my passport to prove it! I have to admit, I think this is a step above the four corners!