[pre-scheduled blog post]
In Ecuador it’s called “el día de San Valentín” and often “el día del amor y de la amistad” (the day of love and friendship). There’s usually some kind of recognition among the team-members, and often something with our Ecuadorian hosts.
This video has a good example of folk music, or música folklórica, around here, and the scenes of fiesta and people in the streets are pretty typical of a celebration day in a small city like Salcedo in the Ecuadorian highlands. Some of the lyrics say about Salcedo, “for it’s the land of love.” We shall see.
I don’t know if there will be any kind of extravaganza going on while we’re here, but if so this would be pretty typical. Although I have never seen any bullfighting.
[Live update: I had forgotten that it would be Carnaval time when we got here, and we arrived on the day itself, called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday elsewhere. People were partying in the streets, music blaring, kids shooting people with shaving cream cannisters (I got sprayed as did many of the others) and water guns and throwing water balloons. All in good fun. Yesterday wa Ash Wednesday and more subdued. A lot of the patients had a cross of ash on the forehead.]