January 20, 2009

A rainy inauguration

We awoke this morning to heavy rain. Not a passing shower, but a uniform grey sky with flooded streets. Aside from a 20-minute squall while we were in the llanos, this is the first time it has rained on our expedition. By 11 am with no end of the rain it sight, we decided to write the day off and relax. I’m not opposed to working in the rain, but the bigger problem is that all of the streams and rivers have been converted into a slurry of mud, water, and debris. While having my coffee at the local corner store, I sat and watched the ongoing coverage of the inauguration. In fact, at least three of the places we stopped by today (the internet café, the hotel, etc.) all were tuned to inauguration coverage. To be honest, I don’t know if that was because all the channels were carrying it, or they chose to watch it. But in any event, when was the last time you tuned in to the live swearing in of Mexico’s president? So, we watched the whole thing live, dubbed over by a Spanish translator. Watching it also reminded me that it will be cold cold cold when I get back.


Collecting at a high elevation lagoon in the Andes


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