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.
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!
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Six more weeks until the end of the trip!
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