Something that we all miss here in Ecuador is the total absence of snow. I know, isn’t that the reason to move south? Because it doesn’t snow? Yes, but who doesn’t love a snow day? You know, the kind that comes upon you by surprise and cancels everything for a full day (or more – even better).
Of course, unless you’re from Canada (it snows 12 months of the year there, right?) or the northern US, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about.
Well, we Canucks are really missing these surprise days off. So far, the best we got was the national strike on September 30th, or the regional strikes and road closures that randomly happen. But they don’t really count.
Introducing Ecuador’s first “snow day” in more than 10 years. On Sunday, November 28th the whole country is going to shut down. Everything. Buses, taxis, stores, national flights. The only thing allowed to happen are international flights.
This Sunday is Ecuador’s Censo (or National Census). By law, it is prohibited to leave your home.
Here is what the Canadian Consulate in Quito has to say:
The Embassy of Canada in Quito, Ecuador advises Canadian citizens visiting or residing in Ecuador that the INEC, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censo, will hold a national census day on November 28, 2010. An Immobility Law will come into effect during that day. All citizens and foreigners must stay at home or in their hotels to receive and answer a questionnaire between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bus services will also be suspended during these hours and tourist activities will be suspended for the entire day. The international airports in Quito and Guayaquil will be open for international flights only, as well as flights to and from the Galapagos Islands. The latter will only be available to foreign visitors.
The Embassy strongly recommends that Canadians comply with these regulations as they are mandatory.
So, what to watch for? Well we have 13 million people stuck in the homes, unable to leave. Expect a baby boom around the end of August (that’s 9 months, in case your wondering). At least that’s the Canadian way. . .