Mi Ultimo Mensaje de Bolivia

As of today, Wednesday December 19th, I have one more full day in Bolivia. I fly out on Friday morning, bright and early and am not yet sure how I am going to fit all my stuff in my suitcases. I am sitting here at work, having pretty much finished everything I need to get done, writing my final blog post of this year-long journey which brought me to Bolivia. I really can't believe a year has gone by so quickly.

It seems like just last week I was arriving in Bolivia teary-eyed from leaving Dave behind in Ottawa, not able to communicate well in Spanish and generally scared to death of the adventure I was about to embark upon. A year later, I am again teary-eyed, to leave Bolivia after having had an incredible year here.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2007-12-19 17:36

Sorata – My Last Trip in Bolivia (For Now!)

panoramic view
This weekend I went to the town of Sorata, which has a population of 2,500 and is located at 2,670m in the Yungas region of Bolivia. I went with two friends to try to fit in a bit of warm weather and sunshine before heading back to Canada, where I won’t experience such things for at least 4-5 months! Sorata is a lovely little town nestled in a valley below Mt. Illampu, which is one of Bolivia’s highest peaks, at 6,430m, giving the town an absolutely beautiful setting.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2007-12-11 11:27

Latrines, latrines and more latrines!

AltiplanoI just got back from the last field visit of my stay in Bolivia. We (myself, a bolivian consultant, and two other Canadians) went to the municipality of Uncia, which is 5-6 hours by car from La Paz, in the altiplano region of Bolivia. It is at an elevation of about 3,600m which is slightly higher than where I live in La Paz. We went to visit 5 communities and see their latrines. It was quite and interesting trip…

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2007-12-04 15:31

Civil Unrest … Again

For the second time this year, we are experiencing some civil unrest in Bolivia (don’t worry mom, again it’s not in La Paz!). In January, about a week or two after I first arrived, there were some major protests in Cochabamba, surrounding the autonomy of that Department, and a few people died in the week-long confrontation. Now, three weeks before I leave this country, we are again experiencing major demonstrations. This time they are taking place in Sucre. And unfortunately, there have so far been three deaths.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2007-11-28 22:09

Evo Pueblo

There is a new movie out in theatres in Bolivia. It is called Evo Pueblo, and is the life story of the current President of the country, Evo Morales. I find it very interesting that there is a movie out and that he is still currently in power! Most movies about people come out after the person has at least left office, if not died. However, this is Bolivia and they do things differently here.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-11-04 10:29

A Visit from my Parents

My parents have been in La Paz for the last few days. They arrived in the city last Wednesday, after having traveled with a tour group from Lima through Cusco and Puno to La Paz. I’ve been able to show them around the city and spend quite a bit of time with them. It’s been nice to have them around!

Thursday they were with their tour group for a city tour, so I went to work and met them in the evening for dinner with them and their tour group. We then gathered their things (they had been staying at a hotel with the group) and came down to Zona Sur, to the house.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-09-30 18:44

Maybe it's Superman!

Last Saturday I went on a bit of a hike with some friends, just outside of the city in the Valle de las Animas. The valley is full of ridges that look like the badlands in Alberta. The scenery is incredible – deep crevices and jagged hillsides. We walked for about an hour along a dirt road, through a tiny village, until we got hungry. Then we followed a ridge until we got to a spot that was conducive to a picnic.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2007-09-20 21:30

Salar de Uyuni Pictures

Salar de UyuniI have managed to acquire photos from my trip to Salar de Uyuni a few weeks ago. Take a look!

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-09-09 16:53

Chojasivi – The Newest Tourist Destination in Bolivia

Sailboats on the lake Chojasivi is a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about 2 hours from La Paz. A friend of mine is volunteering for the NGO which is working there to try to make the town a tourist destination. I spent this past weekend there as one of the first groups of tourists to visit the town. It was a really interesting experience, and I learned a few things: 1) it is possible to travel 75km for under $1, 2) it is difficult to take pictures while riding on a donkey and 3) I am not very good at traditional Bolivian dancing!

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2007-09-03 22:41

Salar de Uyuni

Ever since I have arrived in Bolivia, whenever speaking to Bolivians about what things I should see while I’m here, Salar de Uyuni inevitably comes up. I can now say I have been there! Salar de Uyuni is a large salt flat in southwestern Bolivia, about 10 hours south of La Paz. It has been formed by the evaporation of a salt water lake and it really is incredible to see. Unfortunately, my camera decided to malfunction on me at the start of this little trip, so I will have to get pictures from the others who were there. I will post some when I get a chance.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2007-08-30 18:21

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