Sale of baking soda is outlawed!!!
It used to be that you could hire a "tramitador", broker in English, to deal with bureaucracy on your behalf, and that is outlawed now.
Police in Ecuador not militarized (although moving this direction) and brutal as in US, not corrupted, bribes hungry and merciless as in Russia. They have sign on their shields: “I´m a cop and also a son,” “I’m a cop and a brother also” “I’m a cop and a father"
Update: June 19th, Quito, Ecuador