For the past three weeks our team has been working in a boys home about an hour outside the city center of Santa Cruz. A lot of the boys are street kids, or come from rough families. When we first got there, only one out of the nine of us spoke conversational Spanish. That was definitely a huge obstacle–but the boys have been really gracious with us and so far most of us have been able to learn and communicate pretty well with them. Dave has been picking up Spanish really fast, so it’s quite helpful to me ;) Going into town isn’t quite as stressful when your husband knows how to communicate with the locals.
This last Monday we spent our day off doing a little exploration of Bolivia. We went for a drive through the foothills of the Andes which after about three hours landed us in the little village of Samaipata. Above the village, higher on the mountain is Fuerte De Samaipata which is a pre-Incan, and later Incan ruin. When the Spanish came and conquered the Incans they didn’t want to be so high up in the mountain, so they built their city in the lower valley.
Later on in the day we visited a waterfall–Las Cuevas, which was incredible to cool off in, in 30 degree weather.
On another note–the drive up there was breathtaking. We joked around that if it got any better we probably wouldn’t be able to handle it. Every corner we would take, everyone would gasp and pull out their camera.