Ticket to Bolivia!
It’s confirmed–I will be visiting Bolivia in the fall! The last time I went to visit was December of 2008; it’s hard to believe it will have been almost three years. I am looking forward to seeing my ahijado, Jesus, who turns 13 on February 6th. I know he’s “growing like a weed” and I can definitely tell his voice has changed when we chat on the phone monthly.
I also look forward to seeing my good gal pal, Sandra and her family and Yasmani and his family in Santa Cruz as well as friends in Vallegrande and of course the Hogar where I served as an Environmental Education Volunteer in the Peace Corps from 2005-2007.
There is a possibility I might take Jesus to La Paz (as I had planned in 2008 before getting caught in landslides); I’d love for Jesus to conocer more of his country. I also have a fellow Peace Corps friend living in La Paz, so that makes it even more of an incentive to visit the city that sits at 12,000 ft.
One thing that I am definitely not going to miss are the landslides. I will not be visiting during the rainy seasons, but there probably will be chaqueos. After the dry season and before the wet season, campesinos burn their fields, so there tends to be lots of smoke in the sky.
And my mouth is already watering for Horno Caliente–my favorite bakery in Santa Cruz with tea-time savory masitas like sonzo, empanada, cunape and humita. Yum!