photo by Katherine Nagasawa
My friend Leah took this photo of me last summer during a six week trip to Ecuador to shoot a documentary on the fair trade banana industry (you can learn more about the project at www.bananadventuring.tumblr.com). During our travels across the country for interviews, we took a detour to the central town of Baños, known for its views, waterfalls and hot springs. At sunset one evening, Leah and I took a cab up to "Casa del Árbol,” a tree house with a simple wooden swing propelling visitors over a cliff’s edge and into the abyss. After watching Leah go first, I decided to take the leap. The following minute is cemented in my memory—the whoosh of damp air as I glided over the lush valley below, the glow of the sun's last rays illuminating the rumbling Tungurahua volcano in the backdrop. Inolvidable.
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