Wednesday, June 16, 2010

'Live' from Guayaramerin, Bolivia!

After an adventurous, and I mean adventurous couple of days we are finally here in Guayaramerin, Bolivia!  

Already I'm having trouble keeping the days straight, but l believe we left Lima on Monday morning and flew to La Paz.  The flight was incredible with the most beautiful mountain ranges I have ever seen. Snow capped mountain peaks, which gives you an idea of how high they were and the most unique shapes - totally different from the mountains in Mexico.  And we got to fly right over Lake Titticaca, which was breathtaking.  We disembarked at the airport and immediately felt the effects of the altitude.  The air was actually very cool, and it wasn't long before we needed our jackets.  

I can't even begin to describe the breathtaking views of the city - I will have to let the pictures do that - whenever I am able to get them on my blog!  We had a wonderful guide who drove us to the hotel, and I immediately dove right in with my Spanish which felt great.  I am amazed at how quickly it has come back to me - being totally surrounded by it makes a big difference.  The guide pointed out a spot above the city and said that it was the highest ski hill in the world, but it has been closed for five years because it has not snowed.  

We arrived at our very quaint hotel right in the center of the city, and immediately hit the streets because all of the beautiful Bolivian handcrafts were calling our name!  Everyone had a great time shopping and bartering.  There were all kinds of ladies in their traditional Bolivian dress with their cute little hats - some of them were not too crazy about having their picture taken and would immediately turn their heads when they saw us getting ready to take one.  We tried very hard to respect their wishes, but we couldn't resist sneaking one every once in a while.  The weaving that they do is absolutely incredible, and I saw some of the most beautiful colors around.

Tomorrow we begin work on repairing/building a houseboat, should be interesting!

NOTE:(these pictures are from the internet and not Kellie's, she has not been able to get them to me for posting.  
Bren @ esynergy  , Kel's sister :-)


Frances said...

Bren, how wonderful that you can help Kel out by working on her blog for her while she is away. Kel, I know this is such a unique and exciting experience for you. But I imagine it is also very tiring. I pray you will be given physical strength during your stay, and that your heart will be able to take in all the beauty and adventure that is surrounding you. We look forward to seeing your own pictures when you have time to work on them and post them. I know how overwhelming that can be. Hugs ....

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