The potato girls of Chugchilan (Drive Day 145: November 21st, 2003)

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The town of Chugchilan is perhaps the biggest stop on the Quilotia Circuit – a graveled, organ-bruising loop around a volcanic lake we still haven’t seen except on a tattered map. This was too off-road even for my father. The town square is lit with charcoal fires and vendors selling chicken and potato stew to workers coming in from surrounding farms. Like these two young girls, who agree to pose for a picture if we promise to send a copy to their parents. The trouble is, when I ask where to send the print, they don’t know what an address means.

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