Below is my first dispatch from Ecuador. It's cryptic, but you'll get the gist.
Ran from banditos (robbers) on the wrong side of town.
Saved by taxi driver with a fare in the front.
Learned that adrenaline trumps altitude sickness.
Backpack for a pillow in the town square.
Awoken by hordes of silent children shuffling to school.
When a nightbus arrives early, you sleep outside with one eye open. (4:30am)
Spent the day riding the rapids.
On the underside of a raft praying for daylight.
Swallowed no water, but twisted my arm.
Ate lunch of: pasta, guacamole, and chocolate cake- dripping on a riverbank.
Ecuadorinas are kind.
There are many street dogs.