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La aventura empieza en serio (The Adventure Begins for Real)

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Preparation for this sojourn began in earnest in January 2014 with an introductory course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and finished with a capstone course forMBSR graduates.  Along the way, I learned to appreciate each moment — for what else is real but the present?

I am now at Casa Principal of Sustainable Bolivia (SB) in Cochabamba where — having finally found a way to recharge my laptop — I will attempt to relate some of those “Now it’s really beginning!” moments since I left my home base in Lansing MI @7:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

  1. La aventura empieza en serio (#1)  Angie Schuyler, Housesitter/Artist in Residence @Estudio Artes y Artesanias, drops me off in East Lansing for Michigan Flyer commuter bus to Detroit Wayne Airport (DTW).  I am hungry, but cannot eat for at least an hour after the first of four capsules I should have started taking a week ago to fend off typhoid fever.  Then there are twice daily pills over the next 4-8 days in preparation for life @12,000′ above sea level. The contradiction of being old enough to know it’s important to take care of one’s health, but also forgetful enough to mess it up!  It is what it is and Que sera, sera!  I think I’ll take a nap.
  2. La aventura empieza en serio (#2) DTW to Reagan National Airport in DC….. to Miami… La Paz, Bolivia….with two-hour layovers at each.  Still hungry in Detroit, but too frugal to pay $11.00 for a yogurt fruit cup.  Remembering that awful airplane cuisine of my youth, I settle for a “free” glass of water en route to DC.  At least I can take the altitude pill.  Prices at Reagan National are no better than Detroit and I just barely have time to make my connection due to the extra security in an election year focused on fear-mongering.  More “free” water.”  Hungrier still!                                   Ah, Miami — I slip into a little restaurant and order jumbo shrimp cocktail!  Oh, wait!  That hour that we spent sitting on the tarmac while weather delays made a jumble of departures & arrivals!!! Not even time for a to-go order.  Even more hungry!               Wait!  Wait!  What is this?  They are delivering little plastic trays from which I may choose either meatballs or chicken.  There’s a salad of sorts.  A cold bun with butter.  A caramel brownie.  Airplane food never tasted so good!
  3. La aventura empieza en serio (#3)  Touchdown La Paz!  Tourist Visa (cost $160.00 U.S.) issued for 30 days. Will have to return monthly to extend at no additional cosfor up to thirty days. Since the weather issues used  up all my down time in Miami, I go in search of a Cambios (Money Exchange) booth. I had forgotten about SB’s advice to bring crispy new bills. Both the immigration guy andbilletes bolivianos the lady exchanging dollars for Bolivianos (6.68 Bs to the US dollar checked every single bill  for evidence of use,including running a finger around all four edges for micro tears.

One comment on “La aventura empieza en serio (The Adventure Begins for Real)

  1. Sandra
    April 8, 2016

    Sorry that this not really a new post. It was so long ago when I originated this blog and only just now figured out how to upload a blog post instead of making a whole new page.

    Each day since my arrival I have committed to finishing this particular post & catching up on what has happened since my arrival. Unfortunately, a pinched sciatic nerve on Day 4 resulted in two falls thathavecompletely sidelined me. There is a lot of napping going on.


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