Alright, work is as done as it's going to be, and my stuff including a rather silly number of camera accessories is all packed. All that's left is a pile of dishes and some leftovers to freeze and I'll be ready to go.
The government in #PuertoRico is showing their ass again, so I just want to note the importance of picking the right place to donate to. The Puerto Rican Agenda here in Chicago works with non-profits on the island and does their supply deliveries themselves.
#telegram initiated to use their #decentralized system for Russia IPs. I'm in Iran and telegram is filtered by government here. I used an openvpn to connect to a russian IP and after disabling the vpn I am still conected to telegram servers you should stay connected to a russian IP till a shield icon appears in the top bar and after that you can use telegram without vpn or proxy even in Iran. Thanks #fediverse😁.
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Alright, next stop Galapagos! Whatever else happens in the coming week, we’ll be on a boat in a place I’ve wanted to visit for literally decades.
I don’t know how much internet access we’ll have, so if I go quiet assume it’s just that. And if there are connections I’ll post more photos, of course.
And here’s some more Quito #florespondence. I could happily spend another week here, but I’m also very excited about our next stop.
I suppose I should stop ranting here and write to Celebrity about this. Once I've calmed down I think I could also make a case that they're missing a chance to give their guests a much more meaningful experience. But what I really want is for them to just treat people like people.
And then selfishly, I hope this isn't setting the tone for how the experience in the Galapagos will be. I think that should be much better, but today worried me.
...for fuck's sake, these are living people with an interesting culture, making an impressive attempt at negotiating their place in the modern state, and under serious threat from oil development. They're not your fucking Barnum sideshow. But that really does seem to be how Euro-Ecuador sees them, or at least how they're presented to us tourists, with no Shuar input whatsoever. Hours later I'm still steaming about this.
...but where it really took a nosedive was at the tacky museum on the equator. There are some interesting physics demos, a lovely hummingbird-attractant garden, and some interesting info about long-ago (as in way pre-Inca) indigenous customs. But then there was this super gross exhibit about the Shuar (look them up, they're interesting), which not only talked about them entirely in the past tense, but was solely about their headshrinking custom. (...)
...what really got to me was the incredibly shitty way the whole thing engaged with indigenous Ecuadorian culture. The main guide kept talking about "our indigenous" like they were a natural resource of the country, there for our pleasure. During the day I was thinking of it as that they weren't really _people_ in the way she talked about them, but now that I think about... I show a pile of rocks more goddamn respect than that. (...)
Today was the beginning of the cruise company itinerary, with a full day bus tour of Quito. I knew it wasn't going to be particularly exciting after spending a week here getting ourselves around, but it was actually _terrible_ in ways I hadn't expected (but should have done).
There were the obvious things like being rushed from one place to another, and having a totally overpackaged "Quito experience" for people who are afraid of travel. But...
The backstory for this tour I’m on, friends, is that my mom has always wanted to go to the Galápagos, and she decided that it’d be cool if she, my dad and I went along with @eldang and his parents.
The option that made the most sense for us collectively was a cruise. To put it mildly, I am not really a “cruise person” but here we are.
Also, our original boat is under repair and we have wangled a replacement cruise on a much fancier boat (this itself is a long story)
Ok so now you have context
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