Bolivia

Life is Beautiful in Sucre

Bolivia

August 13, 2009 In Sucre, tucked into beautiful buildings are often even more beautiful courtyards. In my search for breakfast, enticed by a sign advertising salteñas, I walked through a lobby into a flowery hidden oasis, pulsating with energy and happiness. Salteñas, somewhat similar to empanadas, are a typical mid-morning snack for Bolivians. I’d arrived during […]

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Amor Fati?

Bolivia

August 12, 2009 As the bus drove away from Uyuni, I looked behind to watch the distance between me and the salt flat grow larger until it disappeared from view. I turned forward to an unknown adventure. I’d slept on my decision, and knew I’d made the right choice to leave the Salar de Uyuni […]

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Laugh to Keep from Crying

Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni - Salt Mounds

August 11, 2009 As we approached Uyuni, I could see light peaking through the curtain. I pushed it back so I could wipe the water off the window. But the water didn’t move. It wasn’t water, it was ice. It had literally been a freezing cold night.  Needless to say, no one on the bus […]

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Down and Out in La Paz

Bolivia

August 10, 2009 I had fun plans for my last day in La Paz, but ended up spending the whole day trying to resolve my money issues. My ATM card was gone. Though my trip was winding down, I didn’t have enough cash to complete it. I went from bank to bank trying to figure […]

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Tainted Times and a Tiahuanaco Tour

Bolivia
Tihuanaco - Stone Face

August 9, 2009 I’d returned to La Paz on a Saturday and wanted to check out the city’s club scene that night. I went out with a group of people from my hostel and it was fun for awhile. But I quickly noticed that a large chunk of La Paz’s gringo party crowd were not […]

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Goodbye Amazon

Bolivia
Amazon - Sunrise

August 7, 2009 In my daily life when I am rudely awoken by my alarm, I often forget that I am actually a morning a person. I’m not into the part of the morning full of mundane routines, but I am partial to the wee, tranquil hours of it. I love the slow transition from […]

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Anaconda Hunting We Will Go

Bolivia
Amazon - Anaconda Hunting

August 6, 2009 On some of my travels, I’ve found myself in unwitting situations where I wonder, “Where the hell am I and how did I get myself into this mess?” Anaconda hunting was a prime example of this type of scenario. When we arrived at our camp the day before, we picked out rubber […]

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Caimans and Monkeys and Capybara, Oh My!

Bolivia

August 5, 2009 The first day of my wildlife excursion had arrived. I checked out of my hostel and bumped into a Belgian couple I’d met on the plane the day before. They’d also booked a pampas (wetland savannah) tour with Indigena Tours. I joined them for breakfast and we excitedly anticipated the day to […]

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