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Sabbath in Barranquilla

It’s Sunday afternoon in Barranquilla, those two magical hours when the sun no longer beats down but still provides light. Music drifts in the windows from the street. I compare notes from morning services with the pastor who’s hosted me the … Continue reading

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Things I love about La Paz #7

#7 Flavors My friends in La Paz often ask what my favorite Bolivian food is. I’ve often found this a tricky question, since as a vegetarian at group meals I often confront a plate full of nothing but potatoes and … Continue reading

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Things I love about La Paz #3

#3 Yaaaaa! One of the unique sounds of La Paz is the typical response to absurd statements and ironic jokes: Yaaaa!  Tune your ears when you visit, and you’re sure to hear it all around town, uttered at times by … Continue reading

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The dance of partnership

Once upon a time one of you, dear readers, suggested I might introduce you to the work of our mission personnel in the Andean region. I’m in Lima this week and was delighted to participate in the Red Uniendo Manos … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bolivia

As I prepare to bid Bolivia farewell for a time, I find myself ever more appreciative of the remarkable beauty of the land itself, as well as the people. I’ve written before about the winter solstice celebrations, meeting child miners … Continue reading

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Bolivian Wedding 101

Last Saturday, one of my dear Bolivian friends got married and I had the joy of spending the day in those celebrations. Zulma had asked me, one of her remaining single friends, to be the madrina* of her bridal bouquet. Delighted … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu

On the final morning of the trip we were up at 3:30, and at 4:30 were breakfasted and bidding a final farewell to the porters (who had camp almost fully broken down). Then, we were off… to wait in line in … Continue reading

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