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Fwd: In the Spotlight – Colombia

In the Spotlight – Colombia
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
30 March 2021

Colombian history can be traced back nearly 15 thousand years, and is naturally and culturally diverse due to being the migration point between North and South America.  Annexed by Spain in the early 16th century, it was declared the "New Kingdom of Granada."  Over the ensuing centuries Colombia has had many other names, including the United States of Colombia.  However, since 1886 it draws its current name, "The Republic of Colombia," from early Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.  Geographically, Colombia has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and is bordered by the 5 countries of Ecuador and Peru to the south, Brazil and Venezuela to the east, and Costa Rica to the north up until 1906, when Panama gained its independence. 

Now, you may wonder when hashing first found its way to Colombia, well that is a good question.  The hash genealogy had scant information on this, listing only that there was a Bogota H3, founded on 31 Jan 1993.  No founder, no origin, and no descendants.  After a bit (quite a bit, but always looking for more details) of research, I was able to track down some old-time hashers and confirmed that the first Bogota H3 lasted only a couple years in the early 1990s, and that the Britannia Inn was a common hangout.  The second iteration of the Bogota H3 was founded in January 1998 by Simon 'Delhi Boy' Batty, who had hashed his way around Egypt and the United Kingdom, before arriving in Colombia.  This hash also only lasted a couple years, holding about 20 hash runs, before fading away around the time that Delhi Boy moved on to Greece in 2000. 

The third, and current iteration of the Bogota H3 was founded by Crystle-Day 'CD' Villanueva on 6 July 2019, having arrived in Colombia from the Xian H3 in China.  The pack is very young, but enthusiastic, led by CD who makes everyone feel at home.  On my recent visit to Bogota, I was fortunate to be able to join them on an out-station weekend event at Cerro de QuininĂ­ (which is a national park, with a massive outcropping of plate tectonic rock, pushed upwards to form an amazing ledge overlooking Porto Bello).  We had two excellent trails, and enjoyed Colombian BBQ and played a couple hours of Tejo, the traditional throwing sport of Colombia.  Tejo is similar to Cornhole, but you throw shaped stones at a board of clay.  There is a metal circle in the middle, lined with small explosive charges.  Closest to the center scores the points, hitting the charges can also score points. 

To the north, I also discovered that the first iteration of Medellin H3 was founded on 8 August 2005, by Andres 'Dazed and Confused' Vargas, who had returned home after a stint with the Ankara H3 in Turkey.  This first Medellin H3 club had a short tenure of less than a year, when DnC moved on to China.  Hashing would not return to Medellin again until 19 January 2019, when current founder 'Pablo Pisscobar' moved in from Bogota.  Pablo was introduced to hashing in San Diego, California, and hashed his way around the United States before returning to his home in Colombia to rejuvenate the club in Medellin, after a short stay in Bogota.  He was assisted by ABBAA (Another Blonde Bearded Arain Asshole), and currently run trails monthly on Saturday afternoons.  Additionally, history is also about to be made in Colombia, as the Medellin H3 will host the InterAmericas' Hash in September 2022.  This will be first time this (or any major regional hash event) will be held in South America.

I recently had the pleasure to hash in Medellin as well.  The Medellin H3 trail was on the Saturday after St Patrick's day, so was themed as a Green Dress Run.  It was a warm sunny day in the city, and we had an excellent pack of 12 hashers (5 of them were virgins).  The scheduled hare had to drop out at the last minute, but Pablo Pisscobar stepped up to set an excellent 8 Km trail through the city.  Trail made its way through several parks and neighborhoods, with plenty of elevation, which is common in Colombia.  Trail was followed a lively circle, including welcoming 5 virgins, and one interesting naming.  This hash is working hard to grow its numbers and spread the hashing culture here in Colombia. 

If you are looking for a fun and interesting city to visit and hash in, put both Bogota and Medellin on your list . . . and don't forget about InterAmericas' Hash next year.  Pablo is bringing lots of new life into the hashing effort in Medellin, with several young and virgin hashers.  They should be old salts by the time IAH rolls around next year.  By the way, I am collecting names for volunteers who want to assist with packing and handing out goodie bags, haring, and various other requirements to put on IAH next year, all are welcome to help, Spanish speakers preferred.

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . . http://gotothehash.net/history/inthespotlight.html

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The Phnom Penh Hash remains closed

Hashers,

While the current local COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Hash will be closed until further notice.

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Fwd: In the Spotlight – Ecuador

In the Spotlight – Ecuador
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
1 March 2021

Ecuador is one of just 11 countries that are split by the equator, but the only one that gets its name from it, as Ecuador is Spanish for equator.  Roughly two thirds of the worlds land mass resides in the Northern Hemisphere, but 90 percent of Ecuador is in the Southern Hemisphere, along with the Capital of Quito, and the two major cites of Guayaquil and Cuenca.  Located on the west coast of South America, Ecuador has a population of just over 16 million and is bordered by Colombia to the north, and Peru to the south.  Over 500 years ago, Ecuador was at the northern tip of the Inca Empire, and is represented by the Ingapirca Temple site.  The mystical Galapagos Islands are also part of Ecuador, located about one thousand kilometers off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. 

The joy of hashing was first introduced to Ecuador in the capital city of Quito on 14 December 1986 by Alan Fernie, who had previously hashed in China with the Guangzhou H3.  He was assisted by Phil 'Tonto' Townsend from Aberdeen, and Mark Grove-Smith from Karachi.  I was lucky enough to meet Tony 'Upchuck' Lloyd, who ran with Quito H3 in the mid-1990s.  He explained to me that there were two trials every week, years ago.  The first on Sunday was more family oriented, and would take the pack out into the countryside.  The Monday trail ran more in the city and was predominantly expat men.  He also explained that there were also monthly outstation hash events that would take the adventurous hashers to other locations throughout Ecuador.  Upchuck put me in touch with Mark Thurber who also was an avid hasher, who stated "I remember the Quito H3 as an important social event for expats and some Ecuadorians in the 1990s and 2000s."  He also mentioned that ". . . the Quito H3 hash was a friendly environment for all types, families with children, young single people, and very welcoming to new comers from all walks of life and nationalities."  Paula 'Knotted Crotch' Newton, who was a regular on the Quito Hash between 2008 and 2011, also added that "One of the best hashes that I did [in Quito] was the 'Purple Dress Hash' - we had a lot of fun, and the locals in the city that day were very amused by it.  We also ran events at the Pululahua Crater and out at Papallacta Hot Springs." 

The next hash to form was the Galapagos Boobies H3, founded by Jill 'Front Bun Flasher' Pether on 1 June 2014.  Jill had previously hashed with the Batu Hijau H3 in Sumbawa, Indonesia and the Kiribati H3 before that.  She was assisted by Cindy 'Tuna Helper' Cook.  Jill told me that "GBH3 was set up as a women's group with men accepted.  They had to carry eggs on their first run, symbolic of our eggs.  Our red dress run money went to Darwin Animal Doctors."  She has since moved on to Australia, but has fond memories of her time in the Galapagos.

Unfortunately, the Quito H3 and Galapagos Boobies H3 clubs are not active at the present time, but hashing has recently been revived in Ecuador by Rick 'Circle Jerk' Murray.  Circle Jerk founded the Cuenca Alpaca's H3 on 14 Sep 2019, assisted by Audrey 'Missed Lyrics' Kenyon from Trinidad, in the city of Santa Ana de los Rios of Cuenca.  Circle Jerk is a bit of a hash traveler, and hails from Prince Edward Island in Canada, his home hash in the Ottawa H3.  Traveling back and forth to Ecuador for the past few years, he eventually met Missed Lyrics, and they decided that Cuenca needed a hash club.  The Cuenca Alpaca's H3 runs monthly on a Saturday afternoon, and fortunately for me, I had the good fortune to hash with them on my recent visit to Ecuador.  Being February, the theme for this trail was Mardi Gras, so the pack was adorned in beads, masks, and brightly colored clothing.  We had a solid 25 hashers on hand, and trail started from a Beer Garden that serves and distributes local craft beers.  The Cuenca hash club is still new, and developing their identity, but the hash spirit is alive and well here in Ecuador.  If you are looking for a friendly, warm, and inexpensive place to visit, put Ecuador on your list (and don't forget to include a trip out to the Galapagos Islands, one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites).

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . . http://gotothehash.net/history/inthespotlight.html








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Fwd: History magazine of the hash house harriers

Dear Hashers.


This is a FREE online magazine written by hashers for hashers. All hashes are welcome to use the articles in their own websites/publications. I attach the last issue - the March issue comes out in a few days. If anyone is interested please let me know. You can subscribe (and find back copies) on the Dubai Desert H3 website. Or send me an email.


Always interested in getting news/photos from Canada. 


On On on Shakes (Bangladesh Mixed Hash)


https://www.deserthash.org/on-on-the-history-of-the-hash-house-harriers


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