Hi! We all made it to Bolivia safe and sound. First group (Team Alpha) came in on Tuesday and the second group (Team Beautiful) arrived on Wednesday. The hotel we´re staying at in La Paz has internet! What luck! It´s just a tad bit slow, so I´ll keep this post short and sweet with pictures to feast your eyes. :) Today is our last day in La Paz. Tomorrow, we will ride a bus to Cochabamba where we will meet up with Damian (our contact from CETHA) and pick up our supplies. And from that we will finally head to CETHA, Asanquiri.
|Plane view coming into La Paz|
Yesterday was full of exploring! After a much needed nap for the second group, we walked around La Paz and toured Church of St. Frances and an art museum. We also used that time to try and adjust to the altitude. 13,000 ft of elevation can really get to you! Climbing two flights of stairs alone will leave you panting as if you ran a mini marathon! Doesn’t really help that La Paz is literally hills, hills, and more hills. Thank goodness for altitude sickness medicine. The city is so vibrant and full of life! The children here have the rosiest and chubbiest cheeks I have ever seen. Dogs are everywhere, but we can’t play with them. Pigeons also roam the street, but we don’t want to play with them anyways. Feisty little creatures. There are many colorful vendors and graffiti on every street, so your eyes never get bored! Same with your nose…lots of smells, both good and bad. The food in general is meat and starch with a wonderful array of spices, the first group even ate some llama steaks! One thing that you will always see around here is the Cholitas and their colorful attire.
|Typical breakfast at our hotel: bread roll, toast, crackers, juice, coffee, and butter/jam|
|Church of St. Frances|
|Exploring La Paz|
|Awesome Spanish courtyard at an Art Museum|
|Strolling in La Paz|
|La Paz is covered in artistic graffiti|
|The guy in this taxi is wearing a UNC hoodie...Go Wolfpack!|
|Riding in a taxi on the way to Gabe's house|
|Kia playing with Lisa and Auggie|
|Us (minus Kia) and the Hoskin Family!|
|Gabe looking out into the mountains on his SUV|
|Panoramic view of the mountain (Wes and Ben are the two shadow people)|
|Breathtaking view of the valley and altiplano|