A world apart: Guayaquil (Drive Day 136: November 12th, 2003)

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After months of slowly driving through countries, we are hopping on a plane again. Skipping huge swaths of stories, people, food, customs, buildings, roads – the things that connect the passage of time. We will depart a freezing, colonial capitol in the morning and arrive in a steamy coastal metropolis in the time it would normally take us to wake up, get gas, check our maps, drive a few hours and find lunch a few towns over.

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Modern office buildings and tacky billboards have never seemed more comforting. The taxi ride from the airport to the customs office where we must collect our bill of lading takes us past symbols of commerce and present-tense civilization, grunge and all.

Follow this bonus-material blog and ride along on a one-year road trip that inspired the memoir The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan American Highway. On sale now. Get yours through the buy-the-book links at the bottom of the landing page on my teresabrucebooks.com website or here or here. Planning a road trip? Buy the audiobook here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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