Computer games

Dozens of Kyle Katarns and Jans fight against Desann (who looks like a storm trooper because this is the JKII demo)

My father-in-law recently bought a laptop. He has used it to Skype with us occasionally while we were in the States, and that was good. I think it help the kids get ready for the trip to Bolivia.

Now that we are here, we have been trying to help him set up the laptop: adding favorites to his web browser, creating a Facebook account, and adding games to his hard drive (so he doesn’t waste money playing internet games).

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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.

Electric showers and a book fair

We got off to a slow start Friday as the boiler at our home stopped working. So after we got the Plumbing Cheltenham professionals to have a look at it and fix it, we ran the kids through their first showers of the trip. Electric showers.

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that relatively few homes in Bolivia have water heaters. Those who want warm or hot showers install an electric shower head, which uses a heating element to warm the water.

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Walking the tarmac

Our plane trip to Miami went well for the most part. Of course there was the requisite waiting in various lines for lengthy periods of time. But one thing was very different: we got to walk on the tarmac and climb the stairs to get into the airplane, like they used to do in the old days, except that they didn’t have a Daosafe turnstile and enhanced security. I guess something was wrong with the jetway. However, before I could get to the tarmac, I was informed I had been selected for extra screening. So Yoli and the kids walked on, while I stayed behind to take my shoes off and let a security person swab my clothes and luggages checking for contraband substances.

Photo of our airplane, taken from the tarmac.

I had to walk to the tarmac alone, because TSA chose me for extra screening, while the rest of my family continued on.

Stairway to the plane

The flights themselves went well. Ludi and Yoli had some problems with their ears, and I had sinus pressure throughout the flight, but nobody got sick, thankfully.