Friday, October 24, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - is on a break


The Queen With The Frozen Heart will be on break until November 7th.

I am taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks because of different circumstances.

I will be here occationally but due to lack of time, I will not be able to write, publish and promote The Queen With The Frozen Heart.

Because of this the story will be on break and will return running the week after Halloween.

There will be some posts that I have programmed and I wish you will visit and read them.

And also take this time to read the story from the beginning and see how it has evolved and what has happened to everyone during the time the story has been running.

Of course I expect to see you all here for the new story on Friday November 7th!

Until then, May God bless you all and keep you!

I miss you!


To read the first part of the story, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 1  

To read the second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 2 

To read the third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 3

To read the fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

To read the fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 5.

To read the fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14

To read the sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 6

To read the seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7

 To read the eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 8

To read the ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 9

To read the tenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 10

To read the eleventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 11

To read the twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12

To read the thirteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 13

To read the fifteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 15

To read the sixteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 16

To read the seventeenth part, go to the The Queen With The Frozen Heart 17

To read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

To read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

To read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20



To read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave

To read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star

To read the twenty fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Time To Leave The Home

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kichwas - Indigenous People of Ecuador


SHORT HISTORY OF KICHWA PEOPLE

The valleys and moors of the Interandean Alley are inhabited by indigenous peoples who originally had their own language.

With the coming of the Incas they were forced to learn another language, Kichwa.

Kichwa became even more widespread with the coming of the Spaniards as they used it for evangelization and trade.

The Kichwa people are located in Amazon basin of eastern Ecuador and in almost the entire region of the Sierra.

The Kichwa nation consists of several indigenous groups who have their own characteristics.

They are identified within the same geographical area, with a dialect, type of clothing, food, festivities and other aspects that make them different from each other.

But despite all of these differences, Kichwas are considered a single nationality.

In recent years there is an awakening of self-identification and reaffirmation of their identity, history, customs and geography. 




“We are like the straw from the fells of the Andes, while you pull it out, it grows again. And with the straw from the fells we shall cover the world… It is natural like the strands in a poncho that you can easily break. Naturally united like a woven poncho that no one can break”.
Dolores Cacuango Quilo

One of the most remarkable experiences for me in Ecuador has been the indigenous people's struggle for their rights.

When I first came to Ecuador it was exciting, dangerous, interesting, exactly what I imagined traveling through the world would be.

Then I started to see then injustice, the unfairness of the social system.

The five centuries of discrimination and struggle.

Read more HERE.



Ecuadorian indigenous nations struggle to maintain their own cultures and languages in the pressure by the outside mainstream Ecuadorian and Latin, or hispanic as it is called in Ecuador, culture.

CONAIE was created to bring the different nationalities together and use it to generate political pressure in questions of importance to indigenous people.

The design of the resting place for the sacred fire is ancient and meaningful.

Read more HERE.



The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Spanish: La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador) or more commonly, CONAIE, is Ecuador's largest indigenous organization.

Formed in 1986, CONAIE has pursued social change on behalf of the region's significant native population using a wide range tactics including direct action.

CONAIE is most well known for its organization of popular uprisings ("levantamientos populares") that often include blockading of commercial arteries and the takeover of government buildings.

Read more HERE.



Kichwa culture is oral.

The stories and histories are told, not written down.

Teaching is done by telling and showing, moving around and practicing.

Not by copying or reading and writing.

People can sit down and be quiet.

It's a skill you need to be able to concentrate on what people are telling you.

Read more HERE.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ecuadorian Sweets and Deserts

Even though majority of the times Ecuadorians eat a piece of fruit after the food.

There are also traditional and very delicious sweets and desserts.

Here are a few of them.

Hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.




Quimbolitos are a type of steamed puddings.

They are also called sweet tamales because they resemble tamales very closely.

Quimbolitos are sold on the streets and in restaurants and are immensely popular among Ecuadorians.

And they are one of my favorite desserts here in Ecuador.

Not hard to make and fun to eat, I recommend them to everyone.

Read more HERE.


Do you know what a taxo is?

This delicious fruit is also called banana passionfruit because of its yellow color and banana like appearance.

It makes excellent smoothies and ice-cream, and has many health benefits.

If you did not know taxo yet, I recommend you try it out.

You can find instruction on how to make a taxo smoothie or homemade ice-cream HERE.


Espumilla is a pink and ivory colored guaba fruit foam that is sold on the streets.

It is very popular and luckily easy to make it home.

You just need some guabas, eggs and sugar.

And voilá, you have your own batch of delicious espumilla.

Read more HERE.


Melcocha can be found all around the Ecuador where ever there are roads and travelers to buy the products.

It is an Ecuadorian artisan taffy and extremely delicious.

The traditional recipe is made only with sugar and butter but you can add different fruit juices to it to give it flavor.

My personal favorite is mandarin flavored melcocha.

Want to know how to make Melcocha?

Read it HERE.


Tomate de Arbol or tree tomato is a popular Ecuadorian fruit.

It is tangy with a little sweetness, is a great source of Vitamin A, B6 and C and also contains Vitamin E and Thiamine.

In Ecuador it is used in juice, smoothies, desserts, and hot salsa.

I especially enjoy tree tomatoes smoothies because of their great taste and because they are so good for my health.

Would you like to make a smoothie for yourself?

Find the recipe HERE.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - will be on break


The Queen With The Frozen Heart will be on break until November 7th.

I will be taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks because of different circumstances.

I will be here occationally but due to lack of time, I will not be able to write, publish and promote The Queen With The Frozen Heart.

Because of this the story will be on break and will return running the week after Halloween.

There will be some posts that I have programmed and I wish you will visit and read them.

And also take this time to read the story from the beginning and see how it has evolved and what has happened to everyone during the time the story has been running.

Of course I expect to see you all here for the new story on Friday November 7th!

Until then, May God bless you all and keep you!

I will miss you!



To read the first part of the story, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 1  

To read the second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 2 

To read the third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 3

To read the fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

To read the fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 5.

To read the fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14

To read the sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 6

To read the seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7

 To read the eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 8

To read the ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 9

To read the tenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 10

To read the eleventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 11

To read the twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12

To read the thirteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 13

To read the fifteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 15

To read the sixteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 16

To read the seventeenth part, go to the The Queen With The Frozen Heart 17

To read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

To read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

To read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20



To read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave

To read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star

To read the twenty fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Time To Leave The Home

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cayambe - Town and a Volcano


San Pedro de Cayambe, or simply Cayambe, is a town in the northeast of the province of Pichincha in Ecuador.

It is the seat of the canton Cayambe; which takes its name from Cayambe volcano.

The town is situated at the foot of volcano’s west slope.

The equator cuts through the town.
  


VOLCANO CAYAMBE

The volcano Cayambe is the secret of a few climbers in Ecuador.

It is much less popular than Cotopaxi but offers a climb just as beautiful, just a much less traveled route.

Humboldt after his visit to Ecuador Volcano wrote about this: "This mountain can be considered one of the monuments with which Nature has made ​​a big difference on Earth."

The volcano’s summit is just 3km north of the equatorial line.



HISTORY OF CAYAMBE

Cayambe has a long history and a big part in the struggle for the indigenous people’s rights in the Ecuador.

Transito Amaguaña and Dolores Cacuango were both pioneering women who fought against the slavery and mistreatment of indigenous people.

According to the oral memory of Kayambi people their territory was located in the provinces of Pichincha, Imbabura and Napo.


Their territory was limited in the north by Lake San Pablo, in the south by the Guayllabamba River, in the east by the Eastern Cordillera and in the west by the Western Cordillera.

Its capital was Puntiatzil  which is the town of Cayambe.

Located three blocks from Central Park was a place worship with a large cylinder in silver.


This cylinder was used as calendar and solar time piece, which was dismantled by the Spaniards.

The Kayambi chiefdom had astronomical observatories and monitoring points throughout its territory; from Quito Loma Pambamarca (Cangahua parish) to Pesillo (parish of Olmedo) that maintained a communication system with each other.


FESTIVITIES OF CAYAMBE

The festivities of Cayambe are very important and known throughout Ecuador.

They begin in mid-June and end in early July, with many acts and especially its popular bull fights.

It is the time of the feast of San Pedro, and the Indigenous festivity known as Intiraymi held in the "Harvest Festival".


There are many performances of Ecuadorian traditional music that are worth seeing and hearing.

In its traditional celebrations, there are a variety of dishes, but the best known is the mote (a type of white corn) served with potatoes, and with peanut sauce.

Of course you can never leave Cayambe without first tasting roasted guinea pig.

Cayambe’s biscuits and cheese are also very famous and many people come to taste them year round.



CAPITAL OF THE ROSES

The town is also known as one of the most important cities in the production of flowers worldwide.


Most of the famous Ecuadorian giant roses come from Cayambe or the nearby villages.