An example of liberated travel:

March 8, 2011 at 11:18 am 3 comments

Decide you want to go to a city called Baños and arrive casually to the bus station at 10 minutes before departure on a national holiday when people have a 4 day vacation and almost every seat to your destination has been sold… but somehow be lucky and buy the last ticket…

Arrive in Baños 3 hours later and meet other travelers from your bus who like you have no idea where they’ll sleep tonight. It’s almost 8pm, dark, and there’s a fiesta on the streets…. you want to join but first you need to find a place to put your bags…

Realizing that every hostel is full inquire at the last place you visit (which turns out to be an art gallery / hotel) if the 3 of you can just sleep on their floor in your sleeping bags. Feel good when the answer is yes.

Then go party.

Some cool sculptures and other photos from the art gallery where I spent the night with 2 Argentineans…

Unfortunately the Carnival in Baños turned out into the worst public celebration I’ve ever attended because the “fun” is actually spraying one another and unsuspecting strangers with foam from high-pressure canisters for 3 days!!! Never mind that it smells like a toilet, feels sticky and unpleasant, stings the eyes and has the possibility to damage ears when sprayed directly into them, and is probably highly toxic…

It reminded me a little of the Buddhist New Year in Asia, with its water throwing for 4 whole days, but there it was so much more fun and less malicious. And it was hot. Water was welcome. It didn’t smell, it didn’t sting the eyes, it dried.

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