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Frustration and hope

frustrazione, n.f. Frustration, defeat. My eyes fell on this entry, just above the line of gun fire dividing the Italian-English dictionary in half. It was on display at the Museum of the Martyrs at the Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvador, one of the books … Continue reading

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Holy conspiracy

Have you ever felt that the Holy Spirit conspired against you, or turned all your expectations on their heads? One of those moments set me on the course of mission service in South America eleven years ago. Much more recently, … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name… When I was a child, each Sunday we sang Malotte’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer, and I’m pretty sure that’s how I learned the words. Of course, I didn’t have … 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 #6

#6 Courtesy While many elements of paceño life (notably traffic patterns) are somewhat lacking in consideration for others, interpersonal interactions typically display a valuable and careful attention to details of courtesy. If you visit La Paz, you will find people (in shops, … Continue reading

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Things I love about La Paz #5

#5 Apthapi An apthapi can be described as the altiplano version of a potluck. Here in the city, food may be brought in casserole dishes or pots, or simply wrapped up in an aguayo blanket. The blankets can be conveniently opened and set … 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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