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What is your first name: Evelyn
What city are you from: Quito
What country are you from: Ecuador
What do you do: Retired and an avid pigeon feeder now
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why: Paris, France because I want to climb the Eiffel Tower and see the cultural.
What’s your dream and why: To be young again for a day so that I could do all the crazy adventurous things I did once before (and a few others).
Photographer’s Notes: Ok I don’t know where to start with this incredible lady. Maybe that she worked for 4 Ecuadorian presidents or that she had 10 children? How about the fact that when she was 15 she started a non-profit organization that helped teach trades to uneducated Ecuadorians? That she liked to paraglide and hang-glide to teaching dance lessons like the Tango, Rumba and classical. Or my personal favorite, she used to bull fight when younger and even got gored by a bull in the stomach (which she still bares the scar)!
You might think your an adventurous soul, or that you have done a lot in your life…but after meeting someone like Evelyn, you will know for sure that you have a long way to go to catch up. She is 70+ years old and has no time to slow down. Yes, with the years she has had to take things more slowly, but she still has a mind like a hawk and is very vocal about what she thinks (she did say I was handsome which I give her 2 points for that!).
Working in politics for 25+ years, being involved with humanitarian projects all her life, coupled with an adventurous soul, makes her the kind of unique person that I think everyone should meet in their lifetime. Her favorite saying when visiting the USA was “English never…Spanish always!” You got to love that…
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