{25.1.15} On Travel and Time in Bolivia (Part 2/2)

classic tourist picture: on top of tall chunk of rock with beautiful mountain backdrop. Bonus: there’s some ruins in the background! Took advantage of my own room for the first time on the trip to wash all my clothes, because I’m not so cold hearted that I’ll make two+ people deal with 10 pairs of…

{25.1.15} On Travel and Time in Bolivia (part 1/2)

Before going, I thought of Bolivia in very vague terms. I had some images in my head of Lake Titicaca and shepherds spinning wool thread in the ‘80s from my mother’s travels. I knew they had just reelected their first president that, instead of being a member of the white oligarchy, is an indigenous man…

{26.1.15} I AM IN BRAZIL!!!

My junior year, a girl from Sao Paolo studied abroad in my high school. She went back to visit in July and saw my mom, who was our Spanish teacher that year. She invited me to come visit her in Brazil, and my mom called me up later and told me she’d buy the plane…

{14.1.15} The city mouse and the country mouse (part 1/?)

It was on the island of Chiloé, in the southern part of Chile, that I first started to notice the differences between the countryside and the city in Chile. I´ve spent most of my time in Chile thus far in Santiago (where 1/3 of the population lives) or Valparaíso, which, while not a big city,…

{10.1.15} The Island of the Sun

Today, we got up bright and early to catch a lancha to Isla del Sol, the island in the middle of Lake Titicaca, full of legend and on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Today started off intense, with two hours on the boat to go from Copacabana to Isla del Sol (freeeeezing cold in…

{9.1.15} the new years post

This was going to be my Christmas letter contribution, and then it got too long. So here it is for you all. Also, current update: December saw me in the south-central region of Chile, primarily on Isla Chiloé, then Santiago for Christmas and back to Valparaíso for New Years. Currently traveling in Bolivia, starting in…