Solbit Does Quito

Dear Nicalai,

We’re in Quito!  Sorry I missed writing you last week — too busy and also no internet or electricity.  Quito has both!

Papa told me that he went to Quito night after night when he was a boy in Blanchester, Ohio. Yeah, by short wave radio, but now he’s here for real.  Me too!

Papa may have visited Quito by radio, but he couldn't have seen Quito as we can see it in person. 

Papa may have visited Quito by radio, but he couldn’t have seen Quito as we can see it in person.

Look at this would you? You can’t see something like this on a radio. At first I thought they must grow giants in Ecuador. After taking a closer look, I figured out that a regular sized person was inside that huge dress and someone behind “her” was moving the arms. Someone here in Quito has a good sense of humor! They like to amuse us tourists.

They also like their history and their authors here.

An artist painted a mural of a famous author. I have to ask Nona who the author was.

An artist painted a mural of a famous author. I have to ask Nona who the author was.

We’ve been enjoying the street art as we walk around town. We especially liked this one. What do you think about it?

I've seen hummingbirds here, and I've seen old men here, but never this big ... or this flat!

I’ve seen hummingbirds here, and I’ve seen old men here, but never this big … or this flat!

I guess Quito is famous for this statue of an angel overlooking the city. I don’t know whether I believe in angels or not. Do you?

Whether angels exist or not, I can say for sure that this statue of an angel is real, and it is really big.

Whether angels exist or not, I can say for sure that this statue of an angel is real, and it is really big.

We’re all going out to supper tonight to an Indian restaurant, Sher E Punjab, a South Asian restaurant. Our friend Jo picked it out. She spent a lot of time in India, so she knows about the South Asian food. I thought that in Ecuador we would only have Ecuadorian food. Wrong. They have European, African, Japanese, Mexican, and other kinds of food. We’ve even seen hamburgers with French fries. Gotta go. Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

June 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit Has Opinons! … on the Street Art & Graffiti of Porto

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Dear Nicalai,

Have you caught up with us yet?  We’re still in Portugal, but not Madeira.  We’re in the old town of Porto.  Porto has already taught me something about myself, something I didn’t know: I have OPINIONS!

Nona and Papa took me for a walk to look at Street Art and Graffiti.  When I saw those red doors with the boats, I said, “Hey, I like that!”  Papa asked, “Are you sure?”  I said, “Yes, I know I like that one.”  He sort of squeezed his face together and said, “Well, that’s one person’s opinion.”   We walked on.

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“Now, that’s a nice piece of Street Art,” Papa said, and he pointed to this.

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I just stared at it, “A mouth gaping open with fingers sticking in it?  Yuck!” Nona jumped in, “Solbit, Papa has his opinion, and you have yours.  They don’t have to be the same.”  “Nona, did you say that I have an opinion?” I asked.  She explained that how I felt about a piece of Street Art is one kind of opinion, and I had one, an opinion, that is.  Wow!  “So, now that I have an opinion, where should I put it, Nona? Also, where is it?”  She advised me to just remember it, and, if I want, I can exchange it for a different opinion sometime later.  Also, she said I don’t have to pay anything for it, and I could have as many opinions as I liked!

So, then I went searching for Street Art and Graffiti to have opinions about them.  I got on a roll.  Look …

In my opinion, these cardboard figures — pretend people — in an empty building are amusing (funny).  I like them.  What’s your opinion?

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When I saw the graffiti scrawled on this art, I just got angry.  In my opinion, its not nice to scribble on someone else’s art.

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I like this art, but, again, why mess it up by scribbling underneath it?  I think someone has a problem, and it’s not the artist.

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Here’s something interesting to me.  Two people can share the same opinion!  Did you know that?  Papa and I shared the opinion that this metal face is appealing, and that the graffiti shouldn’t be put on it.  Hey, we shared two opinions!

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Nona cautioned me, “Solbit, you want to always feel comfortable to express your opinions, but you don’t want to become opinionated.  Don’t assume your opinions should be shared by everyone else.  Give others room to feel comfortable to express their opinions, too.  OK?”

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“OK, but I really, really wish those graffiti scribblers would stop messing up the art. Why can’t they just do their own scribbles someplace else?” I asked Nona.

She shrugged her shoulders and said, “I don’t know, Solbit, but you should never scribble on other people’s walls or art.  OK?”  I easily agreed with Nona, but I wondered if it might be ok for me someday to paint art over someone else’s graffiti?  Like this.

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What’s your opinion?

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

September 2014

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”