A Last Taste of Bolivia

September 6th

A few more of my favorite photos:
{Tomorrow: In Stitches September and back to domestic/triathlon/book chatter.}

Sweet patient

Has to be one of the cutest kids I’ve ever met. She was waiting for surgery at the Entre Rios hospital.

Happy with her new house

One of the happiest participants in our housing project; a resident of El Puente, Bolivia.

How nutrition influences height

The two of us in her new kitchen. I am not a giant in the United States, but in Bolivia I have a feeling most people look at me like Godzilla just arrived. Yes, I am slouching.

Llamas or alapacas?

A pretty moon, blue sky, happy llamas.

Female Shepherd

This photo was taken in Yunchara, Bolivia — at 13,000 feet. So high I had to stop to catch my breath after walking about 200 yards. Fruit and vegetables don’t grow here. The diet is entirely animal-based.

Indigenous woman

Our Bolivian partner told us that many indigenous people from Ururo and Potosi are gathered up and brought to the bigger cities to beg by “patrons.” Then they are taken home after a few months and they receive a percentage of what they’ve earned. It made my heart hurt for those I saw begging. Many women sit in the streets wearing traditional clothing and playing flutes with tiny, filthy children at their feet. You can tell this isn’t the way they want to earn a living, but circumstance has brought them to this street corner. I regularly gave food. (Take that patron!)

Candles for the Virgen de Chaguaya

Candles at the Virgen de Chaguaya cathedral.

Hey Zeus!

The biggest Jesus statue in the world — Jesus of the Concordia, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Phew. Done traveling internationally for a while. Actually, I have to send my passport out tomorrow for additional pages. So, I’m stuck for at least 8 weeks.
~K

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21 Responses

  1. I am the first to comment here – FOR ONCE! Hehe – I loved this post. Especially the llama photo. Can you send me the big full size version? I want it as my desktop. If not blown up in my living room. I love llamas. Did you know that?

    More pages for your passport – that is really, really cool. Welcome home, doll. Missed you so much.

  2. I agree with Finny, llamas are awesome. Wasn’t the biggest Jesus statue made one of the 7 modern wonders of the world? Anyway, your photos are gorgeous, and it’s so nice to have you back!

  3. Good for you in giving food instead of money that will really fill the pockets of the “patron.” I hope that precious little girl fared well with her surgery.

  4. What a beautiful little girl! you have to be the most giving person I know!!

  5. Oh – I do just want to eat that little girl up – she’s so gorgeous!!!!!

    And look at you, you tall drink of water, you!

    I didn’t even know you could send off to get more pages in a passport – what a fun “problem” to have! πŸ™‚

    Glad to have you back for a while!

  6. stunning pictures kelli. i’m such a sucker for big brown eyes. that girl at the beginning…did she make it into your luggage?

  7. That little gal had the most endearing smile! And, my own gal was thrilled to see a llama, which she claims is her most favorite animal ever.

    From the pictures, I’d assumed you were there for hot weather. But, certainly all the layers everyone is wearing tells me I was dead wrong.

  8. She is adorable. Your photos are gorgeous, they should be in National Geographic!

  9. The child is sooo adorable!
    I hope the surgery is not too serious.
    Poor sweetheart!

  10. Nice photos. The little girl is adorable!

  11. The child is lovely… but yes, it does make our hearts hurt… these survival conditions… and i complain about my life. Shame on me!

  12. lei tu post de comida, probaste la sopa de mani? y te dieron quinoa con queso??? mmmm son mis platos favoritos!!! πŸ˜›

    un abrazo, me alegro que todo salio bien.
    πŸ˜€

  13. Hey, Godzilla! Those are amazing photos. Did you get one of the flamingos? That’s what I’m waiting to see – and so is Aidin.

  14. Welcome back, oh giant one. Your pics were great. I love living vicariously through your travels. Good luck with the Tri training.

  15. You take such gorgeous photos, Kelli!

  16. oh, you really are a giant Godzilla after all! those photos are awesome. thanks for sharing.

  17. Your pictures are beautiful! The pictures of the high landscape look similar to Tibet. I love that barren landscape and the quality of the sky and light at that altitude. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Additional pages in your passport and doing great things for the world while traveling. I’m so jealous. πŸ™‚ The pictures were beautiful. I was looking at the one of you and the woman in the kitchen thinking that at 5’10” I would definitely be godzilla!

  19. Wow! Extra pages in your passport! That’s an achievement! The only other person I met who had that problem was a photographer for National Geographic. Your photos are striking! One of the reasons I love LA is that there are a lot of short people. I don’t feel so short! LOL

  20. welcome home lady! and thank you for sharing all this wonderfulness from bolivia… the photos, the stories… so so good. and i am super impressed that you need extra pages in your passport πŸ™‚
    xo

  21. i love reading your travel/work posts. so much good in the world. thanks for the visual “hugs”–i hope they can feel us thinking about them!

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