piątek, 19 kwietnia 2013

Pichincha i Wielkanoc w Quito / Pichincha and Easter in Quito

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Jednym z powodow naszego powrotu do Quito byla chec zobaczenia slynnej procesji wielkopiatkowej, ktora co roku przyciaga do stolicy Ekwadoru tlumy turystow oraz poboznych pielgrzymow. Wybralismy sie na nia nieco wczesniej niz nam polecano, aby zajac sobie dobre miejsca do robienia zdjec. Okazalo sie, ze procesja rozpoczela sie nie o 12:00 jak nam wszyscy mowili, tylko o 11:00, tak wiec mielismy sporo szczescia w naszej nadgorliwosci (a ktos mi kiedys mowil, ze nadgorliwosc jest gorsza od faszyzmu :)). Ulicami starego miasta, przez prawie poltorej godziny podazal nieprzerwany potok patnikow w fioletowych strojach ze spiczastymi kapturami. Niektorzy z nich poprzebierani byli za Chrystusa i niesli krzyze, inni przewiazani byli drutem kolczastym, mieli do nog poprzypinane ciezkie lancuchy badz biczowali sie cienkimi galazkami. Niesamowite wrazenie robily, calkiem male dzieci (okolo 6-7-letnie) uczestniczace w procesji. Podobnie jak dorosli niosly one ciezkie krzyze, byly poprzebierane w fioletowe stroje patnikow, badz tez stroje Rzymian. Najbardziej jednak utkwil mi w pamieci mezczyzna z krzyzem z kaktusa przyczepionym do plecow oraz niepelnosprawny przemierzajacy droge krzyzowa na kolanach. 

W Wielka Sobote obudzilo nas piekne slonce, ktorego nie chcielismy zmarnowac. Spakowalismy plecaki i wyruszlismy na podboj kolejnego wulkanu: Pichinchy. Wznosi sie on dumnie nad Quito na wysokosc 4696m n.p.m, Do wysokosci 4100m n.p.m. mozna wjechac kolejka i dopiero stamtad podchodzi sie stosunkowo prostym podejsciem na szczyt. Jedyna trudnoscia w podejsciu jest walka z wysokoscia (jak dla mnie nie zawsze zwycieska, o czym mozecie przeczytac tutaj). Tym razem postanowilam, ze nie moge sie poddac i musze wejsc na szczyt, chocby mieli mnie tam wnosic! :) Poczatkowo wspinaczka nie przysparzala mi wiekszych trudnosci. Te pojawily sie po przekroczeniu granicy mniej wiecej 4400-4500 m n.p.m. Jak to Albin stwierdzil wygladalo to jakby mi ktos zasilanie wylaczyl... Zwolnilam o polowe i na sam szczyt niemalze sie wczolgalam... Ale dalam rade! I jestem z siebie bardzo dumna :) 

Wielkanoc spedzilismy w polskim gronie, na haciendzie u brata pana konsula. Mielismy tam msze odprawiona w kaplicy dla siedmiu Polakow i czterech Indian, ktorzy pracuja na haciendzie oraz pyszne sniadanie wielkanocne. Jedlismy miedzy innymi makowiec oraz mazurek, ktore sama upieklam (nawet calkiem niezle mi wyszly ;)) oraz cala sterte innych typowo polskich dan. Po tak mile spedzonym dniu wrocilismy do Quito, gdzie przewegetowalismy smingus dyngus pomieszany z prima aprilis, aby wieczorem w poniedzialek wyjechac na poludnie do Loja.

ZDJECIA Z WIELKIEGO PIATKU
ZDJECIA Z PICHINCHY
WIELKANOC

English:

One of the reasons why we returned to Quito was a desire to see the famous Good Friday procession, which annually attracts to Quito tones of tourists and pilgrims. We went there a little bit earlier than had  been  recommend in order to take a good place to take pictures. It turned out that procession began not at 12:00 as we're said but about 11:00 am, so we had a lot of luck in our over-zeal (and someone I once spoke with over-zeal is worse than fascism :)). In the streets of the old town, for almost an hour and a half followed a continuous stream of pilgrims in violet dress with pointed hoods. Some of them were dressed as Christ and carried crosses, others were tied with barbed wire, had heavy chains on their legs or were whipping themselves by the thin twigs. I was also impressed by quite small children (about 6-7-year-old) participating in the procession. Just like adults, they bore heavy crosses, were dressed as pilgrims in violet dress, or dressed as the Romans. The most, however, man with a cross from the cactus strapped to his back and disabled man traversing the stations of the cross on his knees, stuck in my memory.


On Saturday we were woken up by a beautiful sun which we did not want to waste. We packed our backpacks and went to conquer another volcano: Pichincha. It looks over Quito from its altitude of 4696 m above sea level. It is possible to go by cable car from Quito up to the 4100 m above sea level and from there there is relatively simple route to the summit. The only difficulty might be the altitude (for me sometimes a big problem as you can read here). This time, I decided that I can not give up and I have to get to the top even if Albin will have to carry me there! :) At first climb wasn't that difficult. Difficulties appeared after crossing the border of more or less 4400-4500 m above sea level As Albin stated that it looked as if someone turned off my power... I slowed down a lot and to the top I almost crawled ... But I did it! I climbed my first volcano :) And I'm very proud of myself :)

Easter we spent  with some Ecuadorian Poles, on the hacienda of the consul's brother. We had a Mass celebrated in the chapel for the seven Poles and four Indians, who worked on hacienda and delicious Easter breakfast. Among other things, we ate makowiec and mazurek (two Polish cakes), which I baked myself ;), and a lot of other typical Polish dishes. After such a pleasant day, we returned to Quito, where we did nothing on Easter Monday and on the Monday Evening we left Quito to go south to Loja.

PICTURES FROM GOOD FRIDAY
PICTURES FROM PICHINCHA
EASTER

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