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Regrann from @egle.gerai
- Riding a remote desolate dirt track somewhere around the Chimborazo volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes, Paul and I were talking how remote it felt. The track ran along the green highland grasslands and hills, zigzagging around jagged peaks and crossing small valleys. It felt like we were the only humans on Earth: the howling winds ruffled the grass, and there was no sight of any human activity - no houses in the distance, not even a pasture fence.
Suddenly, turning a corner, we saw a tiny figure walking down the dirt road. As we rolled towards the little silhouette, we realized it was a small girl wearing a traditional Andean costume. She held a tatty rope in her hands. "Where are you going?", - I asked the little girl. She seemed about five years old. "To fetch my llama", - she said, looking at me incredulously. Of course, where else! "What's the name of your llama?" "Jimango", the little girl replied, all business-like. She was five and all alone in the highland pampa, and she was going to fetch Jimango the llama.
I offered her a Kinder egg - I keep those in my tank bag just for such occasions. The little girl took one and looked at me, questioningly. I opened the egg and showed her a tiny toy inside. The girl wasn't impressed; she had to go get Jimango - there was no time for toys.
"And this part is all chocolate", - I told her. Unsure, the little llama herder dug her filthy little fingers into the the egg, scooping up the chocolate and tasting it. She smiled. "Can I have one more? I'll bring it home, to my grandma", - the girl said.
"My mum lives in Ambato, you know?".
Every year, many indigenous people migrate towards the cities in hopes for a better life. The little girl's mother, it seemed, was no exception.
Tucking her Kinder eggs under her poncho, the little girl nodded and marched off. Jimango was waiting.
I watched her in tiny silhouette in my mirror until she disappeared.
We found her village...some two miles later. *If you enjoyed this story, check out my book, Tales from South America, on IndieGoGo*