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Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012


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It’s been one whole week since I returned home (the one in the United States). This past week has been incredibly long, yet it seemed to pass so quickly—just like our month in Bolivia. This skewed perception of time may be the only thing these two experiences have in common, however. It has been a very difficult transition coming back to the States. Although I’ve been reunited with water pressure in my shower, I can’t help but miss showering in the little wooden shack outside of my Bolivian home (the few times I did shower, that is). While it has been hard readjusting to life in America, the transition has brought to light the stark contrasts between how I live here, and how I did in Bolivia. In realizing how different these lifestyles truly are, I have had the opportunity to actively make choices to incorporate my past experiences into the present moment, and find a middle ground between these two ways of living.

Since I’ve gotten back to the States, I’ve made an effort to cook more. Before I left for Bolivia, I had zero ability in the kitchen. Despite this lack of culinary talent, I tried helping my host mom with cooking as much as possible. Also, my little sister and I were put in charge of preparing dinner on several different occasions. Cooking up delicious quinoa dishes on trek also provided me with some new cooking experiences. The extent of my knowledge does not reach far beyond frying cheese, plantains and potatoes, and cooking meals in tiny pots above alcohol stoves. Even so, I proudly showed off my skills to my American family and cooked a Bolivian style meal on my first day back. While I won’t be eating potatoes everyday back at home, I will certainly try to cook more, rather than delving back into a world of easily accessible junk food and microwavable dinners.

Upon my return to the States, I not only realized how loud my family members are, but I also became painfully aware of how little time we spend together compared to the countless hours a day that my Bolivian family and I would play board games, do art projects, and play more board games. In my homestay, the family always seemed to congregate in the kitchen, and we were together constantly—playing, laughing, trying to understand each other, cooking, weaving, learning Aymara. I miss the closeness of my homestay family. Back in the States, it’s so easy to go off to my room and let hours pass without talking to any of my family members. Before Bolivia, this would seem normal. My Bolivian family gave me such a new perspective on how fun and close-knit family life can be. I am so grateful to have seen how such a family operates, for it has enabled me to bring a bit of this same way of living back to my family in the States.

While I’ve taken more than one shower this past week, I’ve also been much more conscious about water each time I turned on a showerhead or faucet. On my first night back, brushing my teeth with tap water, rather than with my water bottle, was a huge treat. The next day, I couldn’t quite used to drinking water without putting two drops of bleach in first to purify it. After spending time in a country where potable water isn’t available to everyone, I have a greater appreciation for the instant flow of water that rushes from a tap when I turn a knob. And not only is this water available, but my family can afford it. Learning about La Guerra de Agua and speaking with Oscar Olivera has furthered my newfound appreciation for water (or yaku in Quechua). I still can’t quite imagine what life would be like if a multinational corporation took control of the water in Philadelphia and drastically raised prices overnight so that my family could suddenly no longer afford such an essential aspect of life. Each time I contemplate the struggle that faced Cochabamba twelve years ago, I feel so incredibly grateful for the water that I used to take for granted.

It’s been a hard transition coming home, but an important one as well. I learned so many valuable lessons in Bolivia, and this week I was able to practice incorporating them into my life back at home. The real challenge will be keeping these lessons alive when my memories of Bolivia are not as fresh, and I wish the rest of our group the best of luck in retaining the new perspectives that our month in Bolivia has given us.

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Coming home from my home away from home

Lital Netter-Sweet,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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It’s been one whole week since I returned home (the one in the United States). This past week has been incredibly long, yet it seemed to pass so quickly—just like our month in Bolivia. This skewed perception of time may be the only thing these two experiences have in common, however. It has been a […]

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08/5/12

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Lital Netter-Sweet

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A few days ago, we went to the retreat center near the beatiful Illimani mountains. During the hike, I couldn´t help but be touched by the panoramic view and feel the flowing of words. Here´s a poem I wrote.

As I step on the foothillls of Illimani

I feel the crunching of the rocks

and pebbles, with my socks

Warm on my feet, and I see the view

of the rising sun

that bathes the sedimentary formations

in golden spotlight.

Simultaneously I feel

the sacred might

of nature.

I keen my ears to hear the sonds around me

A whistle of a calling bird

Someone venturing up the nearest mount

Another´s hand scribbling her thoughts procured

The wave of reeds in gentle breeze

Someone to the right who just sneezed.

I feel things too

The smooth rock that

I´m comfortable perched upon.

The conglomerate rocks through

My shoes as my feet tapped

the rhythm to an unknown song.

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Foothills of Illimani

Heeyoon Kim,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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A few days ago, we went to the retreat center near the beatiful Illimani mountains. During the hike, I couldn´t help but be touched by the panoramic view and feel the flowing of words. Here´s a poem I wrote. As I step on the foothillls of Illimani I feel the crunching of the rocks and […]

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07/29/12

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Heeyoon Kim

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We were told from day 1 that we needed to be prepared for unforceen changes and a flexible itinerary. Today was a day full of these sorts of unexpected events and as a group we demonstrated our mastery of flexibility. We have gained the ability to stay calm and collect in any situation and accept "Bolivian time" (a phrase our group has coined with the definition that the estimated amount of time taken for a given activity in Bolivia should be multiplied by 6.9 just like the currency).

After 2 days at the beautiful Alkamari retreat center in the foot hills of Illimani, we returned to La Paz for our final night. Here, we wrote our final course evaluations and ran around La Paz buying last minute gifts, coca, instruments and ceibo chocolate (Ian and I bought the store out of thecoffee bean type).After our shopping sprees and watching a bit of the opening olympic ceremiony, we followed Luis through La Paz to La Coca, a quaint Bolivian restaurant on the other side of the city. Our walk put our skills of weaving through people and cars to a test...15 years of running around manhattan did not fully prepare me for the streets of La Paz at night. After a delicious last supper followed by a surprise birthday cake for Liz, we decided that since it was 10 o'clock, we would take cabs back to hostel Austria. Unfortunately, we were faced with a small obstacle to warm us up for the next 24 hours: the taxis refused to take us given that there was going to be a parade today and the streets were closed because the bleachers had already been set up. Withour acquired flexibily and understanding of not overreacting to insignificance things, we walked back through the dark and winding city streets.

At the hostal, we spent the next few hours packing, talking, laughing and getting amounts of sleep varrying from none to 3 whole hours. Despite our attempt to spend our last hours in Bolivia awake, Catherine and I fell asleep on top of our covers around 2am...just to be woken up 45 minutes later by a sleep deprived yet overly energetic Kat, who had successfully pulled an all-nighter. Sleepily, we all lugged our bags down the stairs to our cabs and fell back asleep in the seats before thevehicleshad even left hostel Austria. With 3 charangos, our day packs and a guitar squished in the back with me, Bailey and Joy, we were nice and snug for our nap. Sleeping through the first part of the drive, I woke up twice to our cab pulling over on the highway to Emy's cab. The first time we pulled overwas an unsuccessful attempt to appease Liz's fear of not knowing who had taken our passports....this came after she had attempted to communicate with the other cabs via their radios. Our second stop with Emy's cab enroute to the airport was whenher taxigot a flat tire.... no worries though... for us, a flat tire is so insignificant.We've experienced rolling backwards down the mountainwhen our bus' breaks broke, and we saw this other bus that had fallhalf way off the mountain and barely just staying on the cliff we were about to drive by. At the airport, we were the first ones in the American line. Things looked promising as we filled out our paper work, checked our bags and payed our airport tax... maybe today would go without another glitch. Then Heeyoon explained her dilemma of not having her green card to the AA attendant. After phone calls from Bolivia to the US, we were given the verdict thatshe couldn't board the plane or leave Bolivia. After a rushed goodbye to Luis and Heeyoon, we spent the next hour in a sleepy daze of duty free shopping, breakfast and reliving moments of our trip.

On board the plane, Joy and I chatted with the flight attendants and convinced the purser to make a birthday announcement to Liz around 7 o'clock (when she was born)over the plane's intercom system. The birthday announcement was made as we landed early in Santa Cruz, where we enjoyed the oxygen filled air, free wifi and cinnamon buns at the airport. We reboarded the plane to Santa Cruz and took off on schedule with the plan to possibly even land in Miami early! After a nap and movie.. another announcement was made. This one was not a birthday announcement but a plea for a doctor. Next thing, our planewas landing in Kingston, Jamaica for a 15 year old boy returning from a mission trip with a pulmonary embolism. Descending towards the pristine beaches and turquoise waters, our plane was met by paramedics and EMTs. After, our plane refueled, filled out paper work and departed Jamaica.... after a 2 hour detour we were no longer on schedule to get into Miami on time.Our final hour together was spent sleeping, watching Tia and Tamera and worrying about all the connecting flights we were missing.

After a long day of unexpected ups and downs, we all scattered at the Miami airport. We had successfully survived a memorable and eventful final 24 hours to our 4 incredible weeks. 30 days ago, I'm not sure how any of us would have handled so many unexpected occurrences...I probably would have gotten frustrated and impatient and possibly scared; however, 4 weeks of the unexpected have taught all of us to take things in stride while viewing everything as a rare adventure - all throughout, I was just think of how greata story our adventures would make!

Having made it safely to my grandfather's house and enjoyed a delicous and lively dinner filled with many opportunities to to relive so manyamazing moments from our trip,I'm excited to hear Heeyoon's adventure of being "stuck in Bolivia" when she gets home!

I miss Bolivia and everyone in our group already and wish we'd had more time to formally say goodbye!

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The Final 24 Hours

Rena Simkowitz,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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We were told from day 1 that we needed to be prepared for unforceen changes and a flexible itinerary. Today was a day full of these sorts of unexpected events and as a group we demonstrated our mastery of flexibility. We have gained the ability to stay calm and collect in any situation and accept […]

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07/28/12

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Rena Simkowitz

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Family and Friends,

After an incredible couple of days spent wrapping up our course under the majestic Illimani mountain, our crew returned to La Paz and boarded their flight to Miami early this morning.

It's been an epic journey for us all; our last few days together were spent reflecting on our experiences, playing games, exhibiting our talents in an amazing talent show and enjoying everyone's company for the last few precious days.

As your loved ones return home, please keep in mind that the experience they have just gone through is profound, and that it takes time to digest. We know that you are excited to hear about everything in detail, but please don't be surprised if it takes time to come out. The person who returns to you today will have new things to say, new ideas to share and many, many stories. Please use the same patience and support that you've shown over the course of the past four weeks to welcome them home, cook them their favorite meal and allow them to share at their own speed. You all have been and will continue to be incredible support systems for these outstanding young people.

As intsructors, we'd like to thank you once again for the privilege we've had of getting to know such an inspiring and thoughtful group of young people. Each and every person on this course added wisdom, humor and insight and engaged with Bolivia and her people on a deep and meaningful level. We have been so impressed with each of them, and we realize that they are products of your support and nurturing. Thanks to you all and best of luck to each one of our unique and amazing students in all of thier future endeavors.

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Returning Home

Luis Alvarado,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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Family and Friends, After an incredible couple of days spent wrapping up our course under the majestic Illimani mountain, our crew returned to La Paz and boarded their flight to Miami early this morning. It’s been an epic journey for us all; our last few days together were spent reflecting on our experiences, playing games, […]

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07/28/12

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Luis Alvarado

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This is The End Beautiful Friend

Alex Duncan,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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07/26/12

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Alex Duncan

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Dear NepalStudents & Families,

This weekend marks the end of our Nepalprogram and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you.

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays.

We wish all students a great trip home. Please leave us a voice message on extension 30 if you are not able to reach us during office hours. We will be checking our messages throughout the evening.

Sincerely,

BoulderAdmin

To check on the status of the groups international flight, please refer to:

http://www.jetairways.com/EN/GB/PlanYourTravel/FlightStatus.aspx

The students are traveling home on the following Jet Flight:

Returning Flight:

July 27th, 2012

Jet Airways #261

Depart: Kathmandu (KTM) 3:45pm

Arrive: Delhi (DEL) 5:10pm

July 28th, 2012

Jet Airways #230

Depart: Delhi (DEL) 2:35am

Arrive: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 7:55am

July 28th, 2012

Jet Airways #226

Depart: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 10:05am

Arrive:New York(JFK) 12:15pm

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Return Flight information

Dragons Administration,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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Dear NepalStudents & Families, This weekend marks the end of our Nepalprogram and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you. We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays. We wish all […]

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07/25/12

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Dragons Administration

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Hello to all,

It's a beautiful morning here in La Paz. We arrived yesterday morning and the students spent the day exploring the city in small groups. Today we leave for two nights to be spent at our end of course transference retreat. We'll be about 40 minutes out of La Paz and without internet until midday on the 27th. Please look for an update from us then.

Saludos y abrazos de aqui,

Crister, Liz, Emy and Luis

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Plan for our last few days

Instructors,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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Hello to all, It’s a beautiful morning here in La Paz. We arrived yesterday morning and the students spent the day exploring the city in small groups. Today we leave for two nights to be spent at our end of course transference retreat. We’ll be about 40 minutes out of La Paz and without internet […]

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07/25/12

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Instructors

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My time so far in Bolivia has been wonderful. But suprisingly, one of

the biggest challanges has been food. At home in the USA, ones typical

diet would consist of cereal or pancakes/bacon/sausauge (for those

bigger stomachs), a sandwich, and a large dinner. But here in Bolivia,

its just not the same. I have now become accustomed to waking up to

the sound of boiling water which will soon become my Toddy (a favorite

chocolate drink among the locals.) This hot drink is paired with a

circluar bread and butter. After our morning classes, we then venture

home for a "sopa y segundo." This is a soup, usually containing what

we like to call a mystery meat, followed by a meat dish with quinoa or

rice. After a couple hours of playing with my wonderful host family,

the Peñalozas, its dinner time. A usual dinner consists of some sort

of rice/potato dish paired with meat. Life here in Bolivia has been

awesome and I cant believe its almost over. While I can’t wait to go home, I am definitely going to miss my time here in Bolivia.

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Bailey Conner,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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My time so far in Bolivia has been wonderful. But suprisingly, one of the biggest challanges has been food. At home in the USA, ones typical diet would consist of cereal or pancakes/bacon/sausauge (for those bigger stomachs), a sandwich, and a large dinner. But here in Bolivia, its just not the same. I have now […]

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Bailey Conner

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Tonight marks our last night here in Tiquipaya, the end to three beautiful weeks filled with learning and love. The students celebrated their experience here by hosting an aptapi, also known as a Bolivian potluck, to honor their host families, teachers, and friends. The magical afternoon was filled with food, dancing, laughter and tears – both students and families shared genuine, heartfelt thanks. The sincerity and warmth of the relationships that was shared touched us all, and is a day that we will remember for years to come.

While leaving our incredible homestay families will be challenging, we are all looking forward to the next phase of our journey – especially sharing independent study projects tomorrow. The students have been working so hard, and as instructors we are excited to see the culmination of their efforts! Our crew has a diverse group of interests and has been pursuing a range of fascinating topics. Tomorrow they will present their findings, so before that we would love to give everyone at home a taste of what they have been doing down here in Bolivia for the past three weeks!

Catherine came to Boliva with an ISP topic already chosen. Her passion is to learn more about Ernesto Che Guevara, the world famous revolutionary who was killed here in the Bolivia. While her interest started long before she arrived in country, her perspective and knowledge about Che and his revolutionary movements has only grown throughout the trip. Catherine has truly dedicated her time to her research; she is constantly reading and asking questions. However, one of the highlights of her project was the opportunity to interview Marisol, an expert on Che and his experience in Bolivia. Marisol’s view is that Che’s revolution didn’t work here because he didn’t acknowledge the power and accomplishments of the people, and the many revolutions that came before his. Marisol explained that Che’s revolution here in Bolivia was seen as yet another imposed, foreign idea, rather than the socialist vision that blossomed in Cuba. This perspective was totally new to Catherine and gave her a unique look into Che’s work here.

Bailey and Heeyoon have spent their afternoons here in Tiquipaya weaving, learning about the intricate patterns and stories from our incredible teachers Dona Leti and Dona Carlota. The girls went from fumbling clumsily with the colorful thread to creating beautiful, complex work completely on their own. Their progress is noteworthy, their dedication is both genuine and passionate. Yesterday, the girls, along with Kat and Catherine, spent a magical afternoon sharing stories, laughing, and weaving with a diverse group of Bolivian women at the Kamasa, a local art collective and community space.

Rena, Dave, and Lital have thrown themselves into the world of Bolivian music. The trio’s enthusiasm and commitment is impressive – some of them even brought their Charangos in their backpacks on our trek to Toro Toro! One of the highlights of their project was the opportunity to work with Ariel, a charango master who uses music to connect and create community with at-risk youth in prisons. The group spent the morning jamming with Ariel, learning beautiful rhythms and traditional Bolivian folksongs. Their plan for the final presentation is to perform in front of the group, quite the feat for a group of students who had never picked up a Charango prior to their arrival here in Bolivia!

Ian’s ISP is all about sustainable building and architecture. Yesterday, Ian spent the day working with Don Abdon, a professional builder, to make adobe bricks. The day was dedicated to hard, physical labor – carving up mud from the road, mixing straw, and cutting bricks. However, the highlight was going next door to shovel fresh cow manure from our milk lady to add into the mix! In the true spirit of Ayni, or Andean reciprocity, Ian’s completed bricks will be used to as the foundation to create an adobe oven in the fall – making it a project that will serve future Dragon’s students ( and their stomachs) for many generations to come.

Julian and Joy have spent their time here in Tiquipaya learning about food systems and small businesses. The two spent the day yesterday shadowing Julian’s host mother, who works selling vegetables in La Cancha, Cochabamba’s bustling market. Saturday in the Cancha is wild, there are so many people! Farmers and vendors from across the valley come at the break of dawn to sell their products, and thousands of customers flood to market to purchase food for the week. The duo learned about the complex journey it takes for a Cochabambino’s food to go from farm to table, and the savvy business skills of the market’s many vendors. However, the highlight was spending time with Dona Virginia at her stall – gaining a new perspective into the life of a “boss” business woman in La Cancha!

A few of you have probably read Kat’s yak about her Bolivian photo class a few weeks ago, it was definitely an experience she will not forget! Kat has jumped head first into her ISP, constantly snapping amazing photos of our experiences here. While her paparazzi status definitely keeps us entertained and looking good, her photos reveal so much more. Using her lens as a tool, Kat is doing everything she can to absorb, connect, and understand Bolivian culture.

Andrew and Kyle chose to study medicinal plants and traditional healing, which is an important part of Bolivian culture both in rural and urban areas. The boys have had the opportunity to meet with several healers, including Don Walter, who is a traditional Kallawaya healer that hails from the mountains outside of La Paz. The Kallawaya once healed the Inca Kings, their knowledge and skills are world renowned. In fact, their communities and traditions are protected by UNESCO. The boys visited Don Walter’s office in Cochabamba, where they learned about a variety of medicinal plants and the history of the Kallawayas. Tomorrow, the boys plan to share their research by making tea for us all!

After presentations, we will be saying our final goodbyes to our host families and heading on the night bus to La Paz! Thank you so much Tiquipaya for all that you have shared with us, we will never forgot our experiences here.

Enjoy some photos of ISPs on music, weaving and adobe brick making...

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Instructors,Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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Tonight marks our last night here in Tiquipaya, the end to three beautiful weeks filled with learning and love. The students celebrated their experience here by hosting an aptapi, also known as a Bolivian potluck, to honor their host families, teachers, and friends. The magical afternoon was filled with food, dancing, laughter and tears – […]

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Instructors

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Yanpi kasanchis, estamos en camino, we’re on trek. No matter how you say it, what language you say it in, where you do it, or whom you do it with, my experiences with hiking, especially in Bolivia, have been some of the best in my life. While I long for the spectacular view, cooking with friends, and sleeping out under beautiful night skies, I equally live for the straight uphill, the never ending plug, and the physical strain that is experienced by hiking.

Why? To be honest, I’m not sure there’s a way to explain it. From the outside, I totally understand. I often find myself dreading an excursion before I go on it, worn down before I’ve even started, and frankly, terrified. However, there’s never been an instance where I’ve dreaded my time once I’ve gotten into it. In this way, I’ve learned that it is all truly a mental game. Physically, your body can handle a fifty pound pack, aches and pains, and miles of trail. Whether or not you can wrap your head around what it is you’re doing can make or break you.

These times, in my life, are where I’ve tested and found out the most about myself. I’ve learned when to plug through, put one foot in front of the other, and wrap my mind around the struggle that exists in front of me, knowing that usually the most amazing sights on earth lie ahead of me.

Despite how hard the physical struggle was, ToroToro (Quechua for MudMud) was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. With the most magnificent cordillera always in the background, ToroToro is a hiking sanctuary. You can choose to walk along to this beautiful view, view blind fish, cave drawings, dinosaur huellas or Ciudad de Itas – a beautiful collection of cathedral-like formations out of stone. While we didn’t get to experience the caves or the fish, both Ciudad de Itas and the sight overall made ToroToro the best experience I’ve ever had hiking. If you ever find yourself in Bolivia, make sure to put ToroToro on your list. The only thing I regret about my experience there is that we only went for four days. Like the rest of my time here in Bolivia, I just wish there was more of it.

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Kat DiCaprio,Best Notes From The Field, Bolivia: Leadership and Language 4-week, Summer 2012

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Yanpi kasanchis, estamos en camino, we’re on trek. No matter how you say it, what language you say it in, where you do it, or whom you do it with, my experiences with hiking, especially in Bolivia, have been some of the best in my life. While I long for the spectacular view, cooking with […]

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07/23/12

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Kat DiCaprio

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