i live/was born in Ecuador and to me as a child Ecudor (intelectually) was something that divided us, although I've come to understand that it's not so much as a line, but more as a region. The question for me is can a region that has been thought to split two sides can become something that unites them. It's actually better to think of it as the middle of the tropics.
All our family names are carved in the first banyan tree to the left of the Honolulu Zoo. We have gone back to add new names as the family has grown and now those children are growing up and are visiting this tree on their own and adding more names of their children. It's like "our" tree of life ♥