Author Archives: Josh Renaud

About Josh Renaud

Josh Renaud is married to Yoli and together they have four beautiful niñitos. Find him on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.

We are a pretty big family

Thursday was a welcome change of pace. We went back to Lucy’s house, but this time Noemi had arrived with her children: Abi, Raquel, Genesis, and Melody. We started off by playing games. Noemi’s kids are chess players and have … Continue reading

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Laid-back Wednesday

We got a late start on Wednesday. For lunch Yoli bought a chicken and cooked it. Chickens here come with the feet attached, which fascinated the kids.

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My, how big you’ve grown

It has been five years since we last brought our children to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Everyone and everything has grown so much since then. Our youngest son is going into third grade. He plays baseball and is really into ships … Continue reading

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El Jordan’s workshop for boys

For many years we have supported El Jordán, which calls itself “a crossing ground for those who desire to change and find freedom from the daily struggles of life on the streets.” These struggles include drug addiction, delinquency, abandonment, and … Continue reading

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Sunday with the family

We spent Sunday in Yoli’s neighborhood. We headed to her parents house first thing, and they showed us the new store and kitchen which are nearly finished. The old kiosko still stands, but it will be removed before long. To … Continue reading

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25th class reunion

This year is the 25th anniversary of Yoli’s high school graduation (or “promo” as they call it here). Getting together with her classmates was one of the things that motivated us to come on this trip. I haven’t mentioned it … Continue reading

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Revisiting Cotoca, Paila, and old memories

After leaving the clinic with Roberto and Doris, we immediately caught a series of taxis to go to Cotoca. This is my second time visiting Cotoca. We last visited in 2008. Doris took us to her favorite place to eat … Continue reading

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A trip to the ER

Saturday was supposed to be spent going with Yoli’s friends Roberto and Doris traveling to Cotoca and Paila. But there was a little hiccup. Or, more accurately, a lot of wheezing and coughing.

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A rocky return and a reconciliation

At last it was time to say goodbye to La Víspera and Samaipata and return to the big city. I woke early and climbed back up to El Trono to try to take more panoramic photos. I’ll have to stitch … Continue reading

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We walked 10 miles

We had a great sleep in our little cabin/suite, called “La Sweet” at La Víspera. Early in the morning before anyone else was stirring, I went to the café to see if I could connect to the Internet. La Víspera … Continue reading

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