The stones and formations were very
similar to the constructions in Machu Pichu
as the Incas were spread from Cusco in
Peru all throughout Bolivia before the
Spaniards came and took over.
We were able to participate in a Shaman
ceremony where he blessed us all and
asked for a blessed new year for all of
us. The little girl sold me a "sacred rock"
for about 14 cents.
My sales girl was very persuasive and got
a good laugh when a cow snuck up
behind me and scared a yelp out of me. I
could hear her imitating me to
her sister and they were laughing and laughing.
It was amazing the amount of wonderful artwork that was
painted throughout the city of La Paz. This is part of a panorama
of people in Bolivia's history. The detail was insane and the
size incredible; there was probably 100 people represented.
I don't know if you knew that Bolivia was a top producer of potatoes,
27 varieties I believe, so you don't have to go to Idaho or Ireland any
Here are the workers out in the fields.
You have to love an outrageous situation like the need for a lot of
This was common on every corner and not even the scariest location.
The streets had a lot of character and
interesting elements. This gentleman has
peeled a lot of oranges.
One of the big exports of Bolivia is the
coca leaf, used in cocaine production.
It is supported by the government as a
way to help the country economically.
Many people chew the leaves for energy
and it is supposed to take away hunger
. You can buy a bag of the leaves almost
anywhere. The same goes for Coca-Cola,
though not related, and we enjoyed the
Coke Christmas tree
in the parking lot of the grocery store.
Since love and friendship seemed to be shown through food, it
seemed that all we did was eat! We didn't eat the chunos - frozen dried
potatoes - on the rightbecause we were already full. (ha, ha) Neither
of us are really
drinkers, so it
was interesting that people assumed it was because we are Christians,
not because we don't really like the taste or want to waste the calories
when chocolate is probably also available! Jesus never said he was
just drunkeness because that can lead to clouded judgment and poor
but streets the devil likes to find you on.
So, that was our trip. Hope you enjoyed your virtual glimpse of Bolivia!