Foot bridge to home

Imagination, Moats And Drawbridges

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. 
–Albert Einstein

When you were young did you dream of living in a castle with a moat and a drawbridge? Maybe you imagined you were a prince or a princess and your dog was your pet dragon, guarding your drawbridge.

Some kids in Ecuador’s rice country have bridges over aqueducts leading to their homes. Parents build the bridge to get from A to B.

Foot bridge to a house in rice field


Imagination turns the bamboo walkway into a drawbridge (albeit one that does not raise) over a moat protecting the family castle.

Foot bridge

I imagine kids who live here playing on the bridge, calling out “Who goes there?” or whatever it is royalty calls out to visitors. Perhaps they send their dragon over to determine if it is a friend or foe.

Foot bridge

I hope that their imagination takes them on all kinds of adventures with their bridges over moats.

What would your favorite game be if you had your own bridge and moat?


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I am a US Expat in Ecuador. I grew up on a Minnesota farm, worked in IT in California's Silicon Valley, then moved to a coastal Ecuador fishing village. My goal is to share Ecuador with you, one snippet at a time. Topics include attractions, compassion, ecotourism, Ecuador products, everyday Ecuador, and flora and fauna. Please let me know what you would like to read more about!


  • Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Emily – I'm sure they play their games and adventures, as all kids will do … I think I'd have a pond in wooded garden, with a drawbridge over – one where I could wander through magnificent scenery – flowers, shrubs and trees abounding … but I bet those ephemeral streams of yours gorge water at times … cheers Hilary

    • Emily Bloomquist

      Hi Hilary, Your wooded garden, drawbridge and flora sounds like a lovely place to visit. The aqueducts under the bridges in the photos are full during the peak rice planting times of June and July. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

  • Nick Wilford

    Going over a bridge to get to home would definitely be great for kids' imaginations. I'd imagine it was a rickety rope bridge over a chasm, a la Indiana Jones. 🙂

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