S: ¡Viva Bolivia! Febrero 2011
FC: ¡Viva Bolivia! | Jackie y Kristen Febrero 2011
1: ¡Viva Bolivia! Jackie & Kristen's travels in Bolivia during February of 2011
2: View from our apartment in Cochabamba | Check out El Cristo off in the distance!
4: Juana is an incredible cook - Sopa de Zapallo (pumpkin soup) shown above
5: More of Sra Juana's incredible cooking... Sotero, a fresh and delicious salad | The chocolate cake she made almost every day to sell to a Brazilian restaurant | Picking fresh herbs from the balcony
6: Fancy dinner out on the town at La Estancia
8: Market day!
12: More adventures at La Cancha...
14: ...then some very necessary stops for beer and snacks! | Chicharron, a dish served only on Sundays
16: Went on a mini-pilgrimage up the mountain to visit el cristo...
22: Don't take the stairs back down!
23: Central plaza of Cochabamba
24: Our rotation assignment (the actual medical part): working in the pediatric burn unit at Viedma Hospital | We even experienced a little illness of our own! | Maria making compression garments for burn victims
25: Experiencing the local cuisine was a very important part of our assignment of course... | Silpancho | Nacho pizza | Casual lunch at Casa de Campo | Kabab | Huari - a tasty local beer | Tuesday's - the Bolivian version of TGI=Friday's
26: Helpful hint: everything takes longer to cook at high altitude...
27: We attempted to contribute a little cooking as well!
28: A typical morning before work: Juana makes an incredible chocolate cake and we drive it in a taxi to the Brazilian restaurant where she sells it (while Kristen and I try not to eat it)
29: Trufi strike!
30: Adventure weekend #1: Toro Toro National Park A strange and mysterious land famous for dinosaur footprints, vast unexplored caves, and incredible vistas
32: My Bolivian version of a safari along the way...
33: ...including the holy grail... THE CHICKEN CROSSING THE ROAD
34: Our first glimpses of some dinosaurs... | Anti-dinosaur precautions
39: Embarking on our spelunking adventure...
42: Perhaps having a little difficulty navigating the narrower parts of the cave... | But I somehow made it!
43: Guano from the vampire bats that live in the cave | SHIKAKA. | YOU. SHALL NOT. PASS.
45: Phew! Survived the caves.
46: The next day: more dinosaurs and dino footprints!
54: Adventure weekend #2: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, La Isla del Sol, and La Paz. Our first glimpse of Lake Titicaca!
55: Crossing the narrows at Tiquina... with a very important stop of course!
56: Outpost of the Bolivian Navy... which exists even though the country is landlocked! | Crossing the narrows in one of the little public boats (while our car crossed separately on a barge)
57: First glimpse of Copacabana! | ...had to get a pic of the Poncho Museum...
58: Almuerzo! Mmm...
59: The Basilica of Copacabana
60: Room where people can light candles to represent their prayers
61: Large gold man holding a smaller gold person... I forget what this is supposed to represent
62: Continuing up the peninsula to catch our boat to La Isla del Sol
66: You can see Peru from La Isla del Sol... my mom happened to be in Peru at the time so I'm looking to see if I can see her
68: Ivan, our extremely patient guide | Kristen sacrificing Patty on a sacrificial stone table
70: In Aymara legend, this is the rock from which the sun burst out of the ground and leaped into its place in the sky. We all attempted to channel this.
71: Kristen walking alongside the remains of the sun's first footprints after it burst out of the aforementioned rock
73: Encountering some of the local wildlife
78: Kristen fighting off some altitude sickness | View from our bungalow on La Isla del Sol
79: Conquering the famous Inca steps
80: Map of the island, and a couple of its protectors...
81: Just a quick stop at another incredible set of ruins
82: Pig stuffing face | John: "That is the ugliest pig I have ever seen. I mean seriously, the ugliest pig I have ever seen in my life." Poor pig!
83: Quick stop for lunch at a restaurant happily situated on stilts over the lake
84: Visiting Señor Esteban and his famous totora reed boats. Also had a run-in with a llama!
87: Back in La Paz - visiting the area around the central plaza
92: We even had time for just a little bit of silliness back at the Hotel Presidente pool!