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Breathless in Bolivia

Living at 13,000 feet

semi-overcast 60 °F

I arrived in La Paz safe & sound. Had a few mishaps along the way, Stan you are my hero!
Wendy graciously arranged for Jorge to meet me at the airport (It was a real real treat not to have to secure transport) Traffic in la Paz is like most of the third world, which is to say, congested and slightly dangerous. Jorge drove masterfully while listening to 80´s new wave & Donna Summers greatest hits.
La Paz is built within a huge bowl, the poorer neighborhoods being at the rim & the more affluent folks reside at the bottom of the bowl where it´s warmer & easier to breathe.
Our little hotel is a nice respite. It has a balcony which sans pigeon droppings would be quite picturesque. We have hot water from 0700-0930. We are near the witches market which sells all sorts of talismans. Desicated llama fetuses are popular & are believed to bring good luck to a new home by burying it in the foundation. Thank goodness you needn´t display the poor little thing.
I´ve done a bit of exploring today; but every little bit of exertion brings on shortness of breath which takes a fair amount of resting to recover. The tingling in the feet is also a bit of an annoyance but otherwise I feel pretty good. No headache for which I am thankful.
The food is simple but very flavorful. I had a simple lunch of veg soup & coca tea. Looking forward to sampling all little pastries & whatnots from street vendors.
The alpaca wear is so beautiful. I wil be bringing home lots of lovely, soft garments.
Sorry, no photos to post, as this computer does not have an accessible USB port. -suzanne

Posted by shurford 13:41

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