What does it actually mean when you see a bumper sticker on someones car that says: “Te Amo (fill in the country)”.
Respecting ones country is to show respect and compassion for its beauty and natural resources. How many times have you walked into a public restrooom only to find wáter leaking at one of the fixtures? You tell the business owner, who just shrugs it off. How about standing on a street corner when a bus pulls up, and out the window comes a half eaten papa rellena con salsa criolla on a styrofoam plate, and lands upside down at your feet. Yes, i know, someone will pick it up. Thats not the point.
Last year i was travelling by colectvo through a beautiful remote región near Equador. We were all eating in the van, when i decided to pass a bag around to collect all the trash. It went from one person to the next, all putting their trash in the bag. To my amazemenet, the last person to put their trash in the bag,(Ecuadorian), used both hands to forcé it out of a partially opened window! It reminded me of the old t.v. advertisement with the Indian with a tear in his eye.
Getting back to the bumper sticker, is there a hidden message in that phrase?
Here is a link to the old Indian ad. Some of you may get a tear in your eye.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BmrlV49nwI
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.