Friday Photo – Washday on the Rio Pastaza – in Ecuador

In October 2007 I took a trip to Ecuador with a couple of friends, down the River Bobonaza as far as the Peruvian border, where the river meets the much larger River Pastaza. Although this isn’t an open border between the two countries, we were given permission to cross over to the Peruvian town of Andaos, just for a few hours.

This is where I took the photo of these children on the banks of the river. At first I thought they were just having some fun splashing around in the water, but on looking closer I realised that they were also doing the laundry. The wooden struts of the old wooden boat made a great place for hanging out the washing. I can’t imagine my kids having so much fun loading the washing machine, can you?

See all the other Friday Photos over at Delicious Baby

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  • Reply
    jessie voigts
    March 7, 2009 at 12:11 am

    gorgeous colors, and a unique photo make for an interesting story! thanks!

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    Peace (Australia)
    March 7, 2009 at 12:39 am

    A great shot!

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    March 7, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I certainly don’t have this much fun loading a washing machine, so I can’t imagine kids having this much fun doing the chore 😛

    Thanks for sharing!

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    March 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I love this photograph, Heather. The faces of the kids are fantastic.

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    March 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I technically went to Suriname when I was in Guyana since Suriname owns the river that divides the two countries but lets the Guyanese use it – it’s like the road in some parts. You couldn’t swim if you had any cuts anywhere on your body because you’d attract pirahnas.

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    March 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    This is a beautiful photo!

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    March 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I love your Friday Photo’s. I just started FP’s on my travel blog.

    My favorite of yours is the little girl and the monkey!

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    The Travel Tart
    March 20, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Great shot. Unfortunately, most of the world has to live like this, and these kids seem to be having pleasure from the simplest things. Sometimes, they have nothing, but have everything.

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    March 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Hey Heather!!! Im Paz, from Argentina. Sorry about my Inglish!! I wope you will unthertiund me. I write you, becouse I go to Ecuador in April, and I want to go especial to SARAYAKU. Here I gve my e-mail, rodriguez.mariapaz@gmail.com. Please if you want write me!

    Thank!! PAZ

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