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Old 05-27-2010, 10:50 AM   #61
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My personal experience of air pollution, not of Ecuador, is that living in a huge city in a bowl in a sunny place usually means bad air.
Mexico City cough cough.
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Mexico City cough cough.
Yes, my friend worked there for time and he says it is the only place he felt worse than in Quito. I first went ot Mexico City in 1964, and it was wonderful. Over time it changed as did many other Latin Cities. During this same time much of the US got better air.

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Yes, my friend worked there for time and he says it is the only place he felt worse than in Quito. I first went ot Mexico City in 1964, and it was wonderful. Over time it changed as did many other Latin Cities. During this same time much of the US got better air.

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I spent a week and a half there back around 2000. I had a sore throat the first 3-4 days until I got used to the thick smog. Mucus turned black from inhaling all that particulate matter. Otherwise a nice city (in a New York City kind of way).
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I spent a week and a half there back around 2000. I had a sore throat the first 3-4 days until I got used to the thick smog. Mucus turned black from inhaling all that particulate matter. Otherwise a nice city (in a New York City kind of way).
DW had to go to PV when she lived in DF because FIL could not handle the air in Mexico City. It was carry an oxygen bottle or get away from the air.
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When we were in Bangkok in 2000, the air was so bad that the tuk-tuk drivers wore masks:
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Yeah, I still consider the Quito air about the worst I have ever encountered, although it was my first trip to a developing country so maybe I would think differently now. Actually, the worst air up to now is in Chiang Mai during the fire season but before the rainy season, generally all of March. It is almost 100 degrees daily, horrible air quality and visibility. The degree varies by year. The rest of the year the air in Chiang Mai is great. I researched wearing masks and almost bought one, but they really don't do that much good, as near as I can tell.
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Yeah, you really haven't sucked down diesel fumes until you've walked through Quito.
Add the 10,000 ft+ to the air pollution and us sea-level folks gasp like fish out of water.

I also liked how the buses and big trucks have their exhaust pipes right about 3 feet off the ground and pointed at the sidewalks, so when they stop or start a giant black plume gushes out to smother the pedestrians on the street. It was a nice touch.

And let's not even get started on the way buildings are built -- I shudder to think of what will become of our family there when another earthquake hits.
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What about the volcano fumes and ash?
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Sometimes I think it is was you get used to. I lived in Mexico City for 2 years in the 1990s and whilst I noticed it was polluted, I never felt that it meant I couldn't walk the streets.
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Sometimes I think it is was you get used to. I lived in Mexico City for 2 years in the 1990s and whilst I noticed it was polluted, I never felt that it meant I couldn't walk the streets.
After a few days my sinuses got used to the air. And we were outside a lot walking around as tourists, so it was probably worse for us being so close to the streets and the key source of the pollution. Indoor air quality is probably a lot better in el DF.
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