Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 28 - Bolivia Trip

I write this post with sadness because it might be my last one. Not sure how much wifi I'll have tomorrow or Sunday.

Yesterday kinda felt like the last day. I knew I had to get everything I needed, go to my favorite dinner place, etc etc.

I was able to find a place that sold a Bolivian Soccer jersey. The irony is I might have walked past that store a dozen times. I payed 130 Bolivianos for it. From what I have heard, the store clerk ripped me off and charged a higher price because I look North American. While it might be true, I really can't be bothered because I still got a great deal.

Lunch yesterday was Soup and I really liked it, Had a little bit of everything in it. Same as brfore.

One thing that took me a few weeks to notice was that no one really wears seat belts. I'm curious why that is and the funny thing is, I have mostly always warn my seat belt awhile I have been here.

With yesterday being the last day with the kids, I got to choose the activity. We had a basketball free throw shooting competion and in a shocking turn of events, I didn't win. I blame the wind for going 2 for 6 in my first game.

At the end of our two hours, I was able to give them all small gifts that I brought from Canada.Most of the kids acted like it was Christmas morning which felt good and some gave me big hugs goodbye.

Found my way to the mall yesterday where I bought a few more things before I headed off to my favorite place for dinner. Loved eating here because the portion sizes were good and they sometimes had American sports on.

Crawled into bed early last night as I knew the next two days were going to be busy. I've had a really good time here in Bolivia and its crazy that I'm going home already. I have some things to do next week so its time to go home.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 27 - Bolivia Trip

Yesterday was back to normal down here. The surprize birthday stuff dfid give me a boost of energy during this already short week.

For whatever reason, I sleep in a lot so the afternoons are here before I know it. Something I miss here is a local coffee shop close by that is so comon in Vancouver. Lots of differences about Cochabamba but some are not noticeable until it occurs to you. 

Yesterday I had my last Spanish lesson and I enjoyed the spanish lessons but the learning curve was slow. One of these days I will be able to speak well in Spanish. 

Pasta was on the menu for lunch yesterday with some meat and a good sauce. Might have been the best pasta since being here. 

We were going to play baseball with the kids yesterday but they insisted that we play soccer so majority ruled. In the second hour with the little kids we let them do whatever they wanted because they aren't quite big enough for a game yet. 

Found my way to Burger King last night. Was going to eat there for my Birthday but we all went out instead that night. Came home to find the Yankees and Mets on ESPN but shortly lost interest when the Yankees took the lead late in the game. 

If anyone wants something, now is the time to let me know.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 26 - Bolivia Trip

Yesterday was my Birthday, it was kinda of special to have a birthday in a different country. I was treated very well the whole day and the best part was I didn't have to share it with anyone! 

It started with another volunteer playing a Happy Birthday song on YouTube that woke me up. It was a good surprise though and something that was unexpected. 

I was actually kinda curious who would figure out it was my Birthday but nostly everyone knew which was a plesent surprise. We had a meeting like normal and I'm happy to announce that it was my last one of the trip. 

Lunch was ckicken and rice. Very good chicken and the rice was good too. After lunch the volunteer conordintor gave me a card that everyoned signed and that was very special. 

With the kids yesterday we had a short session of type writting and than a few of us went out to play basketball. We played a game of variation of a game called around the world which I won easily. Better competition would have created a very intense game however. For the second hour we did more combine type fitness. I'm at a huge disadvantage because of the high altitude in Bolivia. 

When we got back, a huge surprise was inj store for me. One of the locals had baked a cake for me and they sung Happy Birthday before I blew out the candles. The cake had smarties on it and tasted very good. 

We all went out to dinner last night and I got to pick. I picked Italian. The restrunt was a nice setting, good menu but the portion sizes weren't equal to what you get at a normal Italian restrunt. I had a pasta with a cheese sauce but it wasn't that cheesy. Bread was amazing though. 

All in all my birthday was amazing. I got spoiled which was special. 239 people wrote on my timeline on facebook yestersday plus lots of messages. 

I have two days left with the kids. There just starting to feel comfortable with me and its sad my time is almost up. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 25 - Bolivia Trip

Monday was another day off and it was great to get another day to enjoy the Cochabamba lifestyle. This week will go by fast because of the holiday and I have to pack up my bags. In fact I only have 3 days left with the kids.

Really needed to get on the suvenior hunt. After lunch at a cute and cousy place that had a lunch Buffet, I wondered up to the Main Street where the Mall type place was. There were quite a few stores with cute things to buy. Unfortunately, a lot of the stores had similar items so there was not much variety.

Picked up a few things but really wanted to find a Bolivia soccer jersey. What I'm figuring out is this is hard to find because the popular teams are Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Was able to find a store that had good selection near the Burger King. But they honestly had everything but Bolivia. Lots were good prices so I had to buy something. Picked an Italy soccer jersey and got in line. In the line, the workers were unorganized and really couldn't handle the busy line as it was taking forever so I just left with nothing.

Right beside the store was a really good place to eat where I had a  Burrito. One of few places that I have been down here that take credit cards.

By the time I got home it was time to settle down for the night. Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 24 - Bolivia Trip

Sunday was the quietest day yet. One of the computers downstairs keybord wasn't working and that made it a slow day and had to be creative.

Found a soccer game on tv and watched it. Might have been the first game I watched all of it since I have been here.

Starting to keep my out for some touristy stuff. Sometimes hard to find. A lot of shops and everything are so small that they are easy to miss. store logos are also not as comon as they are in North America. 

Found a nice place to eat lunch yesterday. Looked someone turned their backyard into a place to eat which seemes like a very creative idea.

Already thinking about the long flight home, how I'm going to pack everything and such. Found a store similar to Wal-Mart yesterday but did't buy anything. Maybe I should had but my credit card wasn't on me at the time. 

Came back around 4 and had a nap. Felt good to relax even though I didn't do much. The evening dragged along even though there was a baseball game on in the evening. Before I went to bed I figured out how to get on the other computer downstairs. Not like going on the computer is the main thing to do here but it does help bridge the gap between outings and its good to follow where you have walked in a given day. 

I hope my cousion Jen had a good Birthday today back in Alberta today (August 14th).

Weather returned back to normal yesterday with warm weather and blue sky.   

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 23 - Bolivia Trip

The weekend was finally here yesterday. Most Saturday's between August and May I get up early and watch the English Premier League. The up early part doesn't exist down here because I'm 3 hours ahead of normal. Also the watching Part didn't exsit because the English League isn't as big as this is a Spanish speaking continent and the Spanish League hasn't started yet.

Later in the morning, I was able to FB call the Seattle gang who is doing their annual Baseball weekend. Looked like the Fiesta was the same as usual down there with the 12 of them.

Was able to take a nice walk down the main streets yesterday. Haircut and Pedicure costed about 35 Bolivianos which was a bargain. I am going to a friends wedding the week I get back and felt I needed a haircut.

Had lunch at a place that gave me a boatload of food for a great price. Service has always been excellent considering they don't speak English and I don't speak much Spanish.

Some kind of cooking event was put on by the foundation for the locals. Sushi for dinner was alright considering I'm not a sushi fan. Had a good theology conversation with a local who spoke great English. He was a non believer but appreciated how respectful I was too him about his stance.

The people stayed late into the night. Crepes were for dessert which was a delightful treat. Some locals enjoy talking to me because they want to improve their English. I have enjoyed that attention over the last month.

Wish there was more to do around town. Maybe there is but you have to be there longer to figure what that is. Always looking forward to the next day though.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day 22 - Bolivia Trip

My last full Friday in Cochabamba was yesterday and it was a pretty laid back morning. Some of the Staff was out of town so there was was thankfully no meeting yesterday.

I took the time to go up town and walk around the streets, found a good milkshake place close by and took advantage of it. It's starting to sink in that my time here is almost done and I want to try to visit every coffee of food place as I can.

Lunch came early yesterday and it was good. However, there is something strange about eating pasta in Bolivia. For one, it doesn't taste as good as back home and the other is I can have it any day back home and therefore having it here doesn't make it feel special.

Friday was cooking day with the kids. We made some kind of fruit salad type dish. I think it would have been good but I didn't recognize many of the fruits that were in it. In the second hour we played baseball with the kids. It was an a adventure to say the least. They changed some of the rules which I didn't really understand why.

After we were done, went back home and got a bite to eat. Saw more of the tennis on TV. Day seemed to be missing something.

Been starting to look for tourist stuff to buy but that has been a challenge because this isn't much of a city for tourism. Glad it's the weekend nevertheless.