Saturday, July 11, 2009
La Mitad del Mundo (both of them!)
Today we went to the middle of the world!! Both of them! When they discovered the equator a few hundred years ago (1736 to be precise), they didn't have GPS; they were off by ~180m. Unfortunately, they had already erected a monument, museum, restaurants, souvenir shops etc. So, they left it there, and then erected another museum. The actual mitad del mundo was less "toursty" and quite cool. The scenery at both was stunning. The white vulcano in the distance is Cotopaxi; an active volcano at ~5800m. The museo Inti-nan (the actual one) had many, cool demonstrations showing the effects of gravity and the differences between the hemispheres. It is true, water drains counter-clockwise in the north and clockwise in the south. When the tub of water was straddling the equator, the water went straight down. On the equator, the effects of gravity are less. K and I were both able to balance an egg on the head of a nail, quite cool! We had a great day!!