A Travellerspoint blog

October 2014

Working at the Orphanage

I have wanted for years to work at an orphanage. When I knew I was coming to Bolivia I was excited for the opportunity. I met a wonderful American named Rachel that is working at another school here in Santa Cruz and she hooked me up with information about an orphanage, and Melissa called about it, cause I thought I wouldn't be able to speak to them. She set it up that we would go to the orphanage last week. The director, Paul, actually came and met us at the school and we took a bus out there. I loved meeting all the kids and playing with them. There are some really sad stories of why the kids are there, like botched abortions and accidents. I'm impressed with the director, who, with his wife has adopted 3 children and are raising them along with the 4 they already have. And running the orphanage along with it. We plan on going every Thursday after school to work for an hour or so.

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Gambe

Beautiful Resort

sunny 94 °F

October 26, 2014

Yesterday Melissa and I decided to try the bus system to get out to Gambe, a beautiful resort on the outskirts of Santa Cruz. It’s usually a 70-100 B ride, so we thought we could save some money. We met at Hipermaxi and hopped on bus 79, for 2 B’s, rode for a while and got off and caught another bus to the office, where we were going to catch a 10 B bus ride to the resort. The total cost would have been 14 B’s. Only when we got there we would have had to wait for an hour for a bus out there, so we paid 50 B’s for the taxi ride from where we were. Ugh.
Now, I wouldn’t do any of this bus riding stuff if it wasn’t for smart, strong, and brave Melissa! She gets me out there!

Anyway, we were so hot by the time we got there we just jumped right in the pool! It was so refreshing. I don’t even know how many pools there are there, but the place is huge. There are 3 big pools just in one area.

We swam for a while and then we headed over to do a little kayaking. Lots of fun there. Swimming works up an appitite so we headed for a snack and then the rain started. It poured. But after 10 minutes it cleared up and was beautiful.

We headed over to this huge area where they have exotic birds. Toucans, parrots, peacocks. There’s this huge tower you can climb to see a fantastic 180 degrees of beauty. We were a little freaked out by a couple of birds that we thought might attack us.

We went and swam again and then headed home to get ready for the Halloween party with friends that night.
toucan

toucan

friendly toucan

friendly toucan

Spooky bird

Spooky bird

Melissa

Melissa

Butterfly Dome

Butterfly Dome

Tower Overview

Tower Overview

Melissa

Melissa

Me

Me

Kayaking

Kayaking

Kayaking

Kayaking

One of many pools

One of many pools


Bus riding

Bus riding

Empty..for a few minutes

Empty..for a few minutes

Bus riding

Bus riding

toucan

toucan

toucan

toucan

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Weekends are the Best

Finally caught up on blogging

90 °F

Today is Sunday. I was able to attend church where I play the organ for the meetings. It was so hot during my 7 minute walk there, that I was sweating by the time I walked in. The sun shines into the window where I sit to play so it made it worse. I’m whining…. I only had 3 minutes before the meeting started to figure out the music. The hymn numbers in the Spanish hymn books don’t coincide with the English version, so I don’t know the names of the songs, therefore it’s harder to figure out what the song is, and I’m not that good of player anyway. So I quickly figured out what they were and thank goodness, I could play 3/4. Called to Serve always is hard for me to play, but during the meeting I got thru it. I guess they are just happy to have someone play, no matter how bad they play!
To be honest, I left the last meeting cause I was so hot and was having guests for lunch. Mauro came after me and tried to get me to come back, but I didn’t.

I had a family I had met when I first came to Bolivia over for lunch. There were 6 children, a nephew, a darling baby, Julian, Carmen, and a grandma. Julian BBQ’ed yummy chicken wings, Carmen made Bolivian cheesy rice and I provided fresh green beans, tomatoes, leftover empanadas, cake, and fresh pineapple. Julian speaks English, and the kids speak very little, so it was fun to try and talk….as usual. We then went down to the big condominium pool and they swam. In 90 degree weather they were cold! I can’t believe it. LOL They caught taxis’ and went on home. Fun to be with this family.

Saturday I got up early to prep for the party at my house, then went and swam laps in the pool. After, Melissa and I tried to catch the same bus to go shopping at Al Basto, the huge market that has wonderful fresh produce and meat, (actually I wouldn’t buy the meat there as it is all out in the open). I missed the bus so ended up taking a taxi there. I got 5 pineapples for $1.50, green beans, tomatoes, apples, limes, to make a yummy limeade. And everything so cheap and fresh! I love that place. One of these days I will get some photos!

Later that
night I had an empanada party at my house. We made Argentinan ones that were baked in the oven instead of fried. Vivi, the tech teacher from school helped out. She brought the meat for some, and I got the ingredients for ham and Cheese, and apple ones. My maid made dough for us to use. We worked and worked in the hot kitchen for a couple of hours, but it was fun to visit while we worked.
We had a nice crowd come and then Vivi’s husband and Silvia, the music teacher from school, played the guitar and they and we sang songs.

I am so blessed to have wonderful friends here in Bolivia. So supportive and fun to be with. I couldn’t do it without friends here.

Yummy Sunday Dinner

Yummy Sunday Dinner

Torres Family

Torres Family

Cute couple

Cute couple

Stacey and Vivi working away

Stacey and Vivi working away

Kelly

Kelly

Vivi

Vivi

Expert Melissa!

Expert Melissa!

Vivi

Vivi

Jairo, Sara, Kelly

Jairo, Sara, Kelly

The music teacher with the PE teacher

The music teacher with the PE teacher

Awesome Music

Awesome Music

empanada Argentinian syle

empanada Argentinian syle

apple empanadas

apple empanadas

Andree, me, and Silvia

Andree, me, and Silvia

Adopted grandchildre

Adopted grandchildre

Dancing

Dancing

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Presidential Elections

More catching up

sunny 94 °F

Last Sunday, October 12, was the Bolivian Presidential Elections. There was no church, shopping, driving vehicles including cars, busses or taxis. Everything was closed and it was mandatory that you vote. In fact, if you didn’t vote you would not be able to use the bank or fly on a plane for 6 months. They take their elections seriously.
The Choquevillca Villanueva family (my adopted family) invited me over for lunch, so around noon I walked over there, with an umbrella, es mas caliente que el infierno! They were BBQ and Feliz was cooking outside over a bed of coals in the hot weather. Lots of meat! Including intestines and boob of cow! Hmmm…I did try the boob, but spit it out.
They had yummy fried yucca, cheesy rice, salad, meat, and this yummy limeade that I am now making. You take about 5 limes, chop them into 4 pieces and blend them up in water. Then you strain it keeping the water. Add sugar and ice and it’s delicious!
We ate outside and then they did the dishes outside with the hose.
After we “drove” over to my house in the car. I asked why we did that when it was against the law, but they said there aren’t enough police and they wouldn’t get caught. I suppose that because it was later in the afternoon maybe they wouldn’t get in trouble because they had already voted.
They all went swimming in my pool and loved it! I really do like this house and people love the pool!

Swimming in the kid pool

Swimming in the kid pool

Washing dishes outside

Washing dishes outside

Yummy Carne

Yummy Carne

Carne!

Carne!

BBQ outside

BBQ outside

Feeding the kids

Feeding the kids

Teresa working on dinner prep

Teresa working on dinner prep

Yucca

Yucca

IMG_6224

IMG_6224

BBQing

BBQing

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Yvaga Guazu

4th grade field trip

sunny 95 °F

October 18, 2014

I took my class on our first field trip to Yvaga Guazu, a botanical garden. It was super hot with lots of bugs. I have been here before, but was well worth another visit. This is always what I imaged that Bolivia would look like. There are so many different kinds of plants and flowers. They even had some animals, including a rat looking animal called a capiguara. If it pees in your eyes it will blind you. I really am trying to figure out how it would be able to do that!

My kids behaved really well and had a good time. It’s always nice to get out of the school and see new things with kids.

I used someone’s bug spray and that night ended up with a rash all over my arms. Not sure if it was that, or heat rash, or bugs. But it went on for several days. I finally started on an antibiotic because I was also having a really bad cold that went to my chest. I am finally feeling better.

Bolivian Country flower

Bolivian Country flower

IMG_6213

IMG_6213

Juliana B swinging

Juliana B swinging

More flowers

More flowers

4th grade field trip

4th grade field trip

My 4th graders

My 4th graders

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