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Disaster Strikes! April 17, 2016

Posted by marplescope in Uncategorized.
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Goodbye, USA! Hello, Ecuador!

I am affected by a profound sense of unreality this morning. Here in Cuenca the sun is shining, and the birds are singing, the mists are hovering over the mountains. But if I got on a bus and rode for three hours down the mountains to Guayaquil: disorder and suffering.

Last night I was sitting at my computer, just after it got dark, in front of the floor-to-ceiling glass wall which shows me a view of the glittering city of Cuenca and a slice of the Cajas mountains. I felt a jolt, then a slight shaking. “Earthquake!” I called to Steve. I looked outside and the landscape was tilting and jumping. I heard tiny cracking noises coming from the ceiling.

“Where?” He asked. The shaking intensified, and then he realized, “Oh! Here!” We both stepped out onto the terrace which surrounds our penthouse apartment, figuring if the building collapsed, we’d…

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