Greetings friends and family, from the chilly city of LaPaz, Bolivia.  Our team of 16 total arrived safe and sound at the very early morning hour of 5 am this morning.  We were welcomed warmly by a group of the sweetest people ever who gave us each a chulo and a very hearty Bolivian abrazo.  We were so honored by their greeting!

(chulos)

Yesterday was a looonnnnggggg travel day for everyone, arriving at DIA at 5 am, flying to Miami mid-morning, then becoming VERY familiar with Terminal D at MIA since we didn’t fly out to Bolivia until 10:30 pm.   Needless to say, we all were a little slap happy by the time we left Miami – some of us more than others.  What happens at the Miami airport, however, stays at the Miami airport!  The flight was a normal night flight with folks catching as many ZZzzzzz’s as possible when you are sitting in an upright position with your feet in a little tiny space with people seated so close to you that you are thankful that you know them, unless of course you don’t, which then makes this whole thing a little awkward!  Trips to the bathroom in turbulence also became an adventure as you tried to gracefully saunter down the aisle (everyone knows why) without accidentally placing yourself on some unsuspecting stranger’s lap.

After our awesome welcome at the airport, we drove from the airport into the heart of LaPaz to our hotel.  Staying at The Plaza hotel.  And we had the best breakfast ever!  There’s nothing like Bolivian papaya and other fresh breads, cheeses, yogurt, potatoes and sausage, and more.  Now most are napping as we have been invited to attend a wedding this afternoon and will be leaving the hotel at 11 in just a couple of hours.  So, that’s it for now.   Everyone sends their hugs and love.  We miss you and are thankful to be here together on this adventure.

I’ll try really hard to post as often as I can so you can experience this trip with us as much as possible.

Hasta luego!

Carol Ann

P.S.  It’s good to be in my home country!  Viva mi patria Bolivia!

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About cakboliv

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia to wonderful missionary parents, Howard and Maxine Morarie. Grew up in Bolivia, both in a remote jungle village

7 responses »

  1. Tania de la cruz says:

    Muy bonito carolina. Suerte a todos en su viaje y cuidense mucho

  2. I will be looking in every day to see the next part of your story. I would so love to visit Bolivia myself. I hope you post a lot of scenery pictures in big format so I can delight in the scenery. I keep trying to find pictures of the scenery on the road from Coch to What used to be Tambo. I loved that drive. But any scenery is much appreciated plus of course all the other fun pictures. Galilee Borden Weldon

  3. Mariana Wakefield says:

    yey!! awesome news by the great storyteller carol ann!! looking forward to the next! 😉

  4. Joe W says:

    Thanks for being the spokes-blogger for the group, Carol Ann. Looking foward to the nmews! Just remember that you may have to slow down a bit in the thin air.

  5. Debby says:

    Thank you for sharing with us. I miss Bolivia and truly appreciate your correspondence. I am just saying….. Good food???

    • Troy Whitmore says:

      Hey Debby,
      Laura would like your e-mail address so she could contact you from Bolivia. Can you send it to me please? I will forward to her. Gracias! Troy W.

  6. Tami Knopping says:

    What a wonderful way for those of us who are here and anticipating wonderful things for this group. Thank you for the good detail (and humor) looking forward to each and every update!

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