Monthly Archives: April 2003

I’m Off to Laguna Quilotoa

I’m Off to Laguna Quilotoa
No postings for the next several days. We’ve got the rest of the week off school, so some friends and I are leaving tonight for Laguna Quilotoa, a crater lake atop a dormant volcano. It’s a seven-hour bus ride north to Latacunga (south of Quito), and then a four-hour ride west on dirt roads. I hear the scenery is spectacular. Here’re some photos I came across.

Democracy in Paraguay

Democracy in Paraguay
The New York Times‘s Tony Smith says that “on a continent that has been swept by grass-roots movements against more than a decade of market reforms, the leading opposition candidate in presidential elections scheduled here for Sunday is swimming in the other direction.”

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba
I had a great time last weekend. A bunch of friends and I took the bus six hours south, to the village of Vilcabamba. We stayed at the excellent Hotel Madre Tierra and ate good food and swam and hiked and drank beer and slept in hammocks.

Book Publishing’s “Dirty Little Secret”

Book Publishing’s “Dirty Little Secret”
Sara Nelson says it’s tough to get accurate numbers on book publishing sales because publishers don’t reveal how well books have actually done: “The fact that very few people in this country read books is publishing�s dirty little secret, and it�s one executives are, understandably, desperate to keep.”