AFTER TAKING first place in ABC’s 2011 reality adventure show Expedition Impossible, the three travelers who make up the Modern Gypsies — Eric Bach, Taylor Filasky, and John Post — took off for Ecuador on a new project called Compassionate Adventure. Mission #1: Help construct a clean-water well in the Chimborazo province, alongside the organization Free the Children. Mission #2: Attempt the summit of the 19,347ft Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
Here in episode 1, the Gypsies get a whirlwind tour of the country — motorbikes, jungle trekking, bikes, monkeys, masticated taro root, and a visit to a shaman for a quite thorough, semi-nude blessing in preparation for the climb. Stay tuned in the coming days as Matador publishes the additional episodes of the Modern Gypsies’ Compassionate Adventure Ecuador.
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