The Middle of the World

We are at the fake middle of the world right now. Before they had GPS they figured out where the equator was using the stars. They were pretty close (about 100 yards off). They have a museum at the real one now that they have GPS, which we will see later.

Kissing across the equator. How many of you can say you've done that?

Now we are at the real middle of the world. Here they do several experiments to prove that it really is the equator. One of these tests was to balance an egg on the head of a nail. We each balanced an egg and were given a certificate for doing so.

The equator.

They do a test where the tour guide tries to pull Gavin's arms down just two feet off the line and is not able to do so. However, when they stood on the line she did so rather easily. I'm not sure exactly why, but for some reason you have less resistance on the equator.

They have several little huts where they tell you about the cultures of the many different Indigenous people in Ecuador. This is one of the huts.

The flowers were all so beautiful!

Here she told us about some of the creatures that live in the Amazon. The skin on the very top of the picture is the skin of an anaconda snake (the one that doesn't quite fit into the picture).

This creature lives in the water in the Amazon. When it is small it will swim up inside you while you pee in the water and it will grow into this massive thing.

A creepy large spider.

This is a real shrunken head. He was the son of the King and died when he was about 12 years old. He died 180 years ago. They shrink the heads because they believe it keeps the person's spirit with them. They no longer practice this with humans...

... but they do with animals. This is a sloth's head.

This is another hut made by a tribe that lives in the Amazon Jungle.

This is how they weave the tapestries. They say that the patterns are memorized and passed down from one generation to the next.

This is a picture of the entire museum.

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