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Though they consider us totally mad, we have no trouble getting permission for our flight and are even guaranteed a Pilatus-Porter should our arrangements with Bill not work out. " but is ready to keep his promise. "I'11 leave you at the Cononaco and bring you back here, too. " Next morning we are at the small MAF airport. Weather reports crackle from the short-wave radio next to the hangar. Tiwaeno and Villano report low blankets of cloud, and it is raining at the Curaray. But after lunch the weather is clear for take-off.
Now he is dozing on the se at of the bumpy Expreso Oriental. Every time the constant shaking makes his head slide off his green army dufRe bag, he opens his 30 eyes in tired slits, laughs or curses and makes a fruitless attempt to go to sleep again. In Ambato we find a taxi-driver who, after a short bout of bargaining, agrees to take us to Puyo in an old, worn-out Chevrolet proudly sporting a Mercedes star on the hood. The road winds higher and higher through smalI, stony plots of corn and potatoes.
When he remains unharmed his tense face breaks into a broad smile. Now everyone wants to have some. Laughing and shouting, they spread lather on their faces, hair and bodies; our prosaic shaving-foam has given rise to a high-spirited new game. Back at the hut the mood changes. " - I manage to make out. But then, although Camemo speaks extremely slowly and clearly, for it is very important to her to be understood, Sam has to help. "My child is ill, make it weIl," he begins to translate. Her request places me in a dilemma; but after some initial hesitation, I decide that we really cannot deny her our help, modest though it may be.