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Riobamba o danza con Volcanos

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It`s me again and I made my way back to the Andes and in the Andean highland.

Riobamba is the name of the city I arrived at on the day 4 weeks ago. It has more than 100.000 inhabitants, is on an altitude of 2.750 meter above sea level and is surrounded, and that’s the more interesting part about this place, by a number of volcanoes including the highest one, the Chimborazo. The city itself is not very beautiful and I was a little bit afraid before coming here, because lot`s of people told me when asking me, where I’m heading to and I answered Riobamba, that it is called Friobamba, because of being such a cold place.

True, the first two days here have been rainy and cold, but then I could see this place from its most beautiful and spectacular side! Sunshine, clear blue sky all day and temperatures that were, at least during daytime, quite comfortable. And on these days the view from the terrace of the house of the family I’m staying at is breathtaking.

And because I’m helping a Riobamba based Tour Operator in creating promotional Material, so Photos and especially Videos of their Tours, during the past weeks I was heading every second day out of the town and into the mountains. I made it to the Whimper Refugio on the Chimborazo twice, hiked two days among the Chimborazo and the Carihuairazo to just a few days after that climb the Carihuairazo and made a biking tour through the Parque Nacional Sangay getting from the Sierra into the Amazonia Region. So as you can read, all but boring and because of the trips, the job and the people here, Riobamba is not at all a bad place to stay at!

And guess what, it was not my first, but the first I really recognized. What? Ah, the earthquake on Friday morning! The magnitude was not very high, 3,5, but the center of it was just 18 kilometers away and therefore the vibes woke me up in the early morning while my room and my bed were shaking! It caused no damages but Tungurahua, who was rather active the last weeks and months is quiet again after that! And with my profound geological background I see the connection of these activities 😉 So no ash in the air!

And now have a look at the spectacular scenery, the mountains, the Vicuñas, Alpacas, the Highland Fox and the Caracara (a hawk species) and enjoy. This time I’m really happy with my choice of music, a mixture of back home close to the Alps and sinking and drowning in the Atlantic Ocean while Celine and Leonardo are playing the panpipe.

Stay tuned and many greetings from Riobamba.

Yours, Carsten

Author: the world is big enough

having spend 8 years in the Hotel Business and more than 20 years in the IT Business I needed a change. So this is the beginning of whatever may come!

8 thoughts on “Riobamba o danza con Volcanos

  1. Wesley wanted me to tell you that he didn’t like that music. Other than that, great scenery!

  2. Hey Carsten, Finally have enough wifi to see your new video. Love it!! Nice chance to see Chimborazo with no clouds 🙂
    Wishing you well my friend…and yes I know all about Frio in Bolivia!!

  3. The views are fantastic!! Saw some of them from the bus. Can not help but laugh when I hear the Titanic music. Thinking of the life jacket and whistle.

  4. Lieber Carsten,Deine Filme sind groartig! Dir scheint es richtig gut zu gehen, das freut mich sehr! Morgen ist Schlagermove in HH, so kommt es, dass ich an Dich denke und endlich ein paar Zeilen schreibe! Ich war gerade mit den Mdels 2 Wochen auf Malle und bin nach 10 Tagen Bro schon wieder mehr als urlaubsreif. Mitte Juli fahren wir nach Sizilien und danach kommt Elisa in die Schule und Pia in die Vorschule – die Zeit rast und ich hetze hinterher…Alles Liebe Christiane

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