The Workers of Ecuador

“No society has any right to forget its workers, because they are the real heroes of the society!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan


Toil…labor…exertion…effort…industry…service. We all work. We burn the candle at both ends…go the extra mile…pull our own weight…buckle down to the task at hand. The workers in Ecuador are no exception.

In the beautiful parks throughout Ecuador they sweep…cook…paint…guide…sell delicious fruit juices…and entertain.

In front of the majestic cathedrals they display colorful rosaries…prayer candles…porcelain saints…and other religious icons.

The street vendors bargain…chant…sing…and shout. Naranjas, rosas, manzanas, pollo, lustrado de calzado!  Their sing-song voices blanket the city streets like fog.

Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He fails to make his place good in the world unless he not only pays his debt but also adds something to the common wealth. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The senses are bombarded with the smells of fresh bread, the sight of colorfully woven blankets, the sweet taste of sugar cane taffy, and the soft touch of meticulously woven straw.

“Fishing  is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” –Herbert Hoover

The service workers of Ecuador build railroads… pass buckets of cement up tall ladders…guard the President…and train junior firefighters.

The variety of workers in Ecuador are the real heroes of their society.

“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

12 thoughts on “The Workers of Ecuador

  1. Great post, dear Debbie. Hope you all are well. Gosh, it was wonderful to see you all here in Cuenca! Sorry to have been absent from the blogosphere recently. We were without internet for two weeks, and then I was in the US for nearly another two. I know I’m late getting to this piece and a lot of others.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Kathy!!! I definitely understand internet withdrawal. Jeje. By the way, I couldn’t access your latest post about hats. It kept saying, “Post not found.” I hope you had a wonderful time in the states. I’m in the states now, celebrating my mother’s birthday.

    • I really enjoyed reading your posts about the fisherman in San Clemente. We were able to chat with a few of them in a little rancho on the beach as they were hauling in their daily catch. I took photos of them rolling that log back and forth to bring the boat up to the shore. It looked exhausting.

  2. Your photos are so nice with great resolution, what type of camera do you use? To upload higher resolution photos with a mediocre connection must take some time eh?

    • Thanks, Dean. I bought a Canon SX50 HS with a powerful 50X zoom. It’s bigger than I like, but I can get beautiful zooms. Yes…sigh! It took forever to upload, especially because of my sloooow internet speed. But, all that will change next Monday when they install our new high speed internet tower and wi-fi. I am so looking forward to that.

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