Monday, May 30, 2011

The Middle of the World

Last Wednesday, we took a field trip to the middle of the world, or "El Mitad del Mundo". The museum was full of neat indigenous huts and information about the people who originally inhabited (and some tribes still do) Ecuador like the Inca and the Jivaro. 

If you are eating something right now, don't read the next sentence. 
Some like the Jivaro used to cut off the heads of their capturers and shrink their heads. It was pretty gruesome. 

We all took turns straddling the equator and taking pictures just like tourists would. :)

There were also a lot of crazy experiments to try. For example, water turns counter-clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere, but on the equator there is no whirlpool. You have to see it to believe it!

This is the original monument created by the early settlers, but they were a little off come to find out when GPS was invented. It was neat to see such an antique museum even if it wasn't exactly on the equator.

It was a cool trip. Something "you have to do in Ecuador". I must admit though touristy things such as this are not my favorite, but I still wanted to shared the cool photos.

Have a lovely day!
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your blog and pictures! I'm so happy for you for getting this experience! love you!