Tuesday, June 23, 2009

El Dia de San Juan

El dia de San Juan aka the winter solstice. Lydia, Kari, Rachel, Grandma Carmen, and little Joel eating hot dogs and drinking a delicious spiced drink.

El dia de San Juan. Hot dog night! Rachel is on the left and little Joel is already eating.

A picture of Santa Cruz.


  1. Heya, KB. Caught up today on your recent posts. I tell ya, I love reading what you're sharing on your blog. Very interesting, very readable. I like being a little fly on the wall of your adventure in Bolivia. I got an e-mail from Gail yesterday and she thanked me for sending her the link to your blog and said that she, too, loves reading it.

    Sweltering summer is here in the Cities. Bummer...

    Questions, if you happen to find a moment to offer answers:

    - We just passed the summer solstice here on Monday. You mentioned the winter solstice passing where you are. What is the climate like?

    - Is the city clean? Is it very big (population-wise)? Tall buildings anywhere, or more like a town or village?

    - What is the basic political situation in Bolivia? Is it a democracy or a military ruled regime or what?

    - Pictures! Please post more pictures! Some shots of the graffiti would be interesting. Churches, typical houses, your school.

    Be safe and don't punch out any cabdrivers!


  2. I, too, love the pics! I was driving today (in the sweltering 90+ degree weather, I might add) and realized I was going through serious withdrawl from not checking your blog of late.

    Anyway, I hope your last couple of days have been good ones. Don't sweat the lack of numbers in your English class, chica. The beautiful thing about teaching is that making the difference even in the life of one child can be the most rewarding feeling known to humankind. Keep at it. Oh yeah, and the Oreos or candy trick - yep, they love that.

    Mándanos más fotos por favor, chica bonita.

  3. Mom, yes it is a Packer t-shirt. It is one of my favorite pajama shirts. I couldn´t not bring it!

    Everett, it is winter here, but the weather is constantly changing. Last weekend we went swimming and laid in the sun and then this week I wish I would have brought a winter coat.

    The city isn´t very clean. But after the first few days you don´t really notice it anymore. Littering is completely accepted. Last night my little host brother finished his soda and threw the cup on the ground while his parents were watching. They didn´t care at all.

    Santa Cruz is the largest city in Bolivia. I´m guessing about 1.5 million although I´ve seen numbers that vary between 1 million and 2 million. It really doesn´t feel that large. You can get around very easily and we often walk into the center of town. Only a handful of tall buildings. Most are no more than 3 stories.

    Bolivia is a democracy. Evo Morales is the president, and while he is mostly popular throughout the rest of the country, Santa Cruz generally does not like him. The state of Santa Cruz wanted to become its own country a year or two ago. It failed, and many people are still angry about it. The impression I get is that most people here don´t like Morales because he is very pro-indigenous while Santa Cruz is more like the wealthy business-industrial center of Bolivia.

    I have been wanting to take pictures of the graffiti but I´m a little hesitant. I don´t want to look like the gringa causing trouble and taking too much notice of politial matters.