Monday, December 10, 2012
Bolivia: Land of Contrasts
Contrasts are all around us as we travel through South America. We see it in the cities where the well to do go about their daily lives and pass by beggars in dire need of help. We see it in the brightly colored clothing worn by the rural Andean women and the dark business suits worn by the city professionals. We even see it in the dogs within each community. Some are well cared for, dressed in coats, and have distinct collars while others are thin and ragged as they search for food among discarded garbage. We also see it as we travel in the various buses from one place to another. Some are comfortable, with reclining seats, movies, and meals. Others show no movies, and the ride is so rough it is more a teeth chattering four-wheel drive excursion without suspension or shocks.
Throughout this journey, we see so much that is new to us, much of which is incomprehensible. The people, their food and culture, and the landscape are contrasts to what we have known for most of our lives. In all of these contrasts, we find growth and enrichment and occasionally confusion or pain. What we seek in this journey is much like the mirages as anticipation becomes reality and each day shimmers and disappears.
Posted from La Paz, Bolivia