Volcano in the Clouds, Quito, Ecuador (+13,000 ft.)
We're back. I'll post about the trip in bits and pieces later in the week, but for now I'm nursing a very crampy stomach and trying to dig out from under the pile of work/housework etc that was waiting for me when we returned. I'll just leave you with some interesting things I learned in the 'in-flight' magazine on the way from NY to Boise:
- The University of Minnesota is working to prevent the children of Sudan from being kidnapped from their homes by securing birth certificates for them. If you don't know anything about the lost children of Sudan, please google it. You can learn more about U of M's efforts here.
- Don't eat bluefin tuna. It's currently being fished out faster than it can reproduce and the population is down 90% since 1970.
- You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling just half of your household waste. I don't know about you, but cans, bottles, cardboard packaging and paper is easily half of our waste.
- Orange roughy (a fish) can live to be 200 years old but there are hardly any that old because they're completely overfished. Orange roughy sells for around $9 a pound. Doesn't that seem weird? That something could be that old...and worth only $9 a pound.
- The final game of the NCAA Basketball Tournie is tonight. Tune in and pull for Butler. Duke freaking sucks.
- Visit Machu Picchu while you can. Tourism is deteriorating the area so much there is talk of closing the site for its own preservation.
- (Wishing I had this before I got my unfortunate tummy troubles...) The Bobble. A reusable plastic water bottle with a carbon filter right in the cap. It filters water with every drink. $9.95.
- It's snowing here. I am. Not happy.