About to embark on a trip down South America

86 hours is what Google Maps tells me it will take to get from Quito to Buenos Aires. Add 30 more hours to that to account for my trip from Bogota to Quito!


I’m leaving tomorrow night on a bus that will take me to the border town of Ipiales, Colombia. From there I’ll walk over the border and take a bus to Tulcan and then to Quito, Ecuador! I can’t wait! I have a couchsurfer I’m staying with who can speak a bit of Japanese, is fluent in English and an artist. I’m also meeting up with a gay Designer/Filmmaker/Screen Writer/Animation Director, Santiago Rojas, who’s going to arrange a dinner with me and his gay activist friends! I asked him a few questions about the scene in Quito to prepare myself a bit and here’s what he said:

I’m active in the queer scene and it’s quite…awkward I think, in artistic themes there are quite a few open queer artists that express themselves. I think the huge machismo culture that exists here is responsible for that (not to mention the catholic church) there are quite a few dragqueen movements, and no GLBT artist organizations exist, we are…really..3 GLBT filmmakers although there are quite a few open illsutrators and writers.


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


  1. Nathan

    What a trip you are having!!
    Enjoy every minute of it.

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