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Queueing up for Quito – Part Three

I have a latte at Plaza de las Americas – a modern mall with restaurants, cinemas, and coffee shops near Av. 10 de Agosto, not far from my hotel. This complex offers free wireless Internet; other places for Internet access include Papaya.Net, which has a number of modern shops in different parts of town, including […]

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Queueing up for Quito – Part Two

In daytime, the city is quite impressive, surrounded as it is by what seem like perpetually misty mountains. The old town is especially hilly and walking around it is quite an exercise. It takes some serious energy to be able to explore it on foot. Quito appears as relatively clean and with pothole-free roads; traffic […]

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Queueing up for Quito

“What shall I do this week? Oh well, I think I’ll just jet off to Ecuador!” This may not be a very common decision, and yet this is exactly what I am doing. And while sitting in the airport, facing a day of flying, I realise there is a certain logic behind my choice: it […]

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Can I count your vote? – Dunno, can you…?

"Photos of the worthy aspirants were included because not everyone can read. Even then not all could see: one elderly lady held her voting paper up close to her eyes and remonstrated with her daughter, 'Hey! You didn't tell me I voted for Baldy.'" Ginnie Bedggood looks at the often chaotic count in the 2006 Dominican Republic elections.

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Glitz, bling and merengue

"Candidates do not canvass door to door here. Instead they have 'caravans' – motorcades with the candidate sitting on the roof of an SUV via the sun roof, surrounded by supporters in a procession of vehicles. Plus the ubiquitous mobile ghetto-blaster, of course." Ginnie Bedggood takes a wry look at election campaigning DR style!

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