[This post, like most while in Ecuador, is pre-recorded]
By now most of the group will have traveled around quite a bit by bus. The clinic team goes out each day to rural, even remote villages, through mountains and farm country (and here the farm country is often on 45 to 60 degree slopes) while the surgery team will be sequestered within the concrete walls and flickering fluorescents of the Guaranda Hospital, wondering what Ecuador must be like. (edit: They´re working in a smaller hospital this year, in nearby San Miguel. Our hotel is in Guaranda)
We let the surgery team out on week-ends and they make up for it.
Funny thing about these bus rides: the reactions vary from “Never again!” to “I live for this stuff!”
Cartoon by Rick H: