Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dragon's Blood

Today was my last school day in Tena, Ecuador.  While my dad was out boating, Mom and I stayed inside and stared at the hot sun outside.  In the morning, it was breakfast and then, to work!!

Today, I completed a lesson of math and a word of the day.  Normally on school days my parents make me do more work than this.  Even though I had not very much work, the work that I did do took forever due to the fact that I did not focus.  I thought it ironic that the day I decided to muck around instead for working was the one day I had the least amount of work. 

Mom and I did have time to leave our cage for a quick lunchtime outing, however.  My mom needed to purchase a certain indigenous medicine called Dragon’s Blood.  We learned about Dragon’s Blood in Kapawi.  It is a tree sap used by the Achuar community as a healing agent on bites and wounds.  A couple days ago, my dad cut his hand on a rock while he was boating.  Dan offered him Dragon’s Blood to put on his wound.  Once the thick liquid settled on the cut, a dark purple scab was formed.  Mom thought it would be useful to have a bottle and Dan said that she could buy it in the same indigenous market where Dad and I went several days ago. 

After about ten minutes of walking, we came to the market.  I was surprised that so many stands were closed.  When Dad and I visited, the market was busy and alive. Now, only half of the stands where open and few people where purchasing items from the still pervasive vendors.  Mom found a bottle of Dragon’s Blood and we came home happy.

Dragon's Blood

Later in the evening, Dan came over to our hostel with a homemade Lasagna.  We had a delicious last dinner.   Tomorrow we leave for another jungle lodge in  Northeastern Ecuador.  I love Tena, but I am happy to leave the alternating boat and work pattern!   

RoGeo news:
Tampa Bay Rays beat the Tigers 4 to 2! 
Six more weeks until the end of the trip!

Thank you for reading Rohan Geographic!


  1. I'm guessing not too much lasagna at the jungle lodge?

    Go Rays!

    1. The Rays got creamed today by the Tigers, 7-2. This is odd, because previously they beat the Yankees three games in a row!

      Go Rays!