Hola desde Bolivia!

August 18th

Hi there! I´ve arrived after much traveling; another one of those 36-hour trips, not including the five-hour road trip to our first site once we got off the plane.
Regardless — Bolivia is as fabulous as I remember. She is refreshingly cold, full of warm, sweet people, and welcoming to foreigners like no other country on earth. I truly love it here.
We are working the far eastern portion of the country these first few days, observing a housing project we are helping construct within indigenous communities. We are 50 miles from Paraguay and 50 miles from Argentina, which I am pretty sure means we are smack dab in the middle of nowhere.
Today the surgical team arrives and I´ll once again be putting on scrubs and serving as a medical gopher in the operating room. I love my job.
I hope to post photos and more details when we get to a larger city. This is the first computer I¬¥ve seen in three days. The little news I¬¥ve seen hasnt¬¥been good. If you are the praying sort, lease keep Peruvians in your thoughts. I can¬¥t imagine how they are dealing with this earthquake. It is freakishly close to where we are working, and yet far enough away that it doesn¬¥t influence our daily comings and goings. Having just traveled through Peru last year, my heart breaks for their country — one of complete beauty and grace. Thankfully, Peruvians (and Bolivians) continue to amaze me with their sheer perseverance and strength. Let¬¥s hope these shine through now more than ever.

Off to find some coffee, a bench in the park across the street and a few minutes to read before my driver comes back to swoop me up!

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21 Responses

  1. You are amazing! Have fun and stay safe.

  2. hola kelli,
    que bien que llegaste.
    be safe and have a wonderful time with the beautiful people surrounding you.

  3. Thinking of you and following your adventures, stay safe…ciao

  4. I haven’t commented on your blog before but I can’t wait to hear more stories about Bolivia and what you are doing there. It sounds like very good work. Buenas viajes.

  5. There will be a special place in heaven for you, Kelli dear. You are amazing.


  6. Glad to hear you made it safe & sound!! 🙂 Good luck on your work there.

  7. Que bom que chegaste bem:) How good that you arrived safely:)

    Yes, many prayers for the peruvians:( My heart is sad!

  8. Traveling Mercies!

  9. so glad to hear you arrived safely. what an amazing job you have!! and many prayers will be headed to you and all who surround you! peace!

  10. Kelli-What wonderful work you are doing in our world! Safe travels to you.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Peruvians. Take good care of yourself, too.

  12. Safe travels!

  13. Take care of yourself, and buy yarn!

  14. be safe in bolivia! can’t wait to see your inspiring photos and read about your adventures.

  15. Hope you’re having a safe and great time.

  16. Glad to hear you arrived safely…and yes, praying for Peru. Safe travels!

  17. Hi,

    I love your Blog – I came to it by accident. I hope you don’t mind if I add it to my blog’s list of interesting blogs.

    Have a safe trip!

  18. Hi!
    Thankx for keeping us posted on your trip.
    Sounds like your help is quite needed.
    You have quite a gift to be able to do what you do.
    My friend is from Peru and we have gathered a little and are trying to do what we can to help. She was actually there visiting with her family when the tragedy happened. Luckily she and her family are fine.
    Looking forward to the picts!
    Take care et à bientôt.

  19. Wow! You’re quite a girl. It’s great that you’re there and feel so passionate about helping. Looking forward to pictures & stories.

  20. Meghann August 21, 2007


    Be safe, and keep doing what you do best – traveling the world, helping others, and then telling us all about your amzing trips.

    I can’t wait to finally catch up when you get back. Roscoe is excited too : )


  21. thinking of you kelli… thank you for these postings from the field; they are so inspiring as always. xo