Back to Bolivia, no visa required (I hope)

As you may have seen on our Family weblog, this morning Yoli and Jadzia took off for Bolivia. I will be joining them next week.

This trip was quite needed as we had not travelled for a long time since our trip to New Zealand. It was quite a pleasant trip as we easily got out ETA on and did not face any form of hindrance the entire time we were there.

Yoli and I awakened at 4:45 a.m. to get ready for her 7:10 flight. That’s an early morning for someone who works until at least 11:30 p.m. every night!

Yoli will be making a wedding cake and also teaching a cake-decorating class at El El Jordán during this trip, in addition to our normal family visits, etc.

We hope to spend a couple days in the town Samaipata, which is a very mild-weather place near Santa Cruz in the foothills of the Andes. The wedding will be held there. I have visited Samaipata before; If you’re interested, you can read about my first adventure there or see some photos (you have to scroll down a bit) from that trip.

Anyway, Yoli will write a few entries about Jadzia’s and her adventures this week. Once I join them in Bolivia, I will also be writing, so please check here often!

P.S. – regarding the visa, apparently I will not need one. The consulate tells me they won’t start requiring them until mid-April. After all these delays, I’m beginning to wonder if they’ll ever get this thing worked out.

Strollers and wheelchairs in Bolivia

I meant to write about this topic during our stay in Bolivia, but I forgot until recently.

This time around, we took an umbrella stroller with us for toting Jadzia. We took it everywhere, but found it didn’t do well in every circumstance. Dirt roads were very tricky, especially the one from our country cabin in Samaipata to the town. And in cities, you have to be cognizant of sidewalks.

Sidewalks in Bolivia are unlike those in the U.S. They are the responsibility of the home or business owner, not the city. So, as you walk on the sidewalk along a street or avenue, you will find yourself stepping up, then down, then up again, as the level of the sidewalk changes from building to building (or house to house). You will also notice the sidewalk materials change from one building to the next.. concrete here, nice ceramic tiles there, dirt and weeds there, etc. Quality varies widely, obviously. And in the heart of Santa Cruz, most street corners have even higher curbs with no curb cuts at intersections.

This poses a problem for those who would push strollers, but it’s not an insurmountable problem. It didn’t cause us any huge issues.

But imagine you are someone who is confined to a wheelchair. That’s a whole different ball of wax.

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Jadzia … and heading to Samaipata

Just a little note to say that Jadzia has been miserable company the past several days. She had fever for two nights in a row (the first of those nights being Friday when I was fishing) and a persistent cough. Her fever is gone now, though she still coughs. But the more problematic thing is that she is having frequent tantrums. These often drive me nuts. Because Yoli has been working hard the past two days to bake all the cakes and make her fondant, etc, it has fallen to me to keep her occupied. This is easier said than done. But she does seem to enjoy going for walks in the stroller for errands or for no reason at all, except to get her out of the house.

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