Bogota and Bolivia Bound

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“Traveling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”

Every since school got out a few weeks ago, I have been crazy busy between starting a new job, continuing my current job and planning for my upcoming trip (in T-minus 2 days) to Bolivia with a 24 layover in Bogota. I will be heading to Bolivia for three weeks for a research project through school about drug policy, focusing on studying the coca leaf, coffee and the many misconceptions people have. I was one of those people, until I took a class a few years ago and it changed my life forever. The world has a long history of drugs and it is complicated beyond belief, yet in every way it is intertwined and connected to the big and little things. Everywhere I look it is in the news and related to foreign, domestic and current events.

What I am most excited for is to just be in Bolivia and experience everything that this country has to offer. I have heard wonderful things about the people and have been studying the culture for a bit and am so excited to just experience it all. I wouldn’t say that I am nervous or scared of anything; however I have a feeling that I am going to fall in love with Bolivia and that it will be part of my life for some time to come. It is going to be a very busy three weeks doing ethnographic research and from what I have heard is going to be exhausting! We will be in La Paz, Coroico in the Yungas and a few other places that are smaller and more remote regions.

Here are a few things that I have been up to lately in between work and preparing for this trip!

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A wonderful sunrise hike up my favorite path.

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A few BBQ’s with friends and rooftop dinners…made this custard fruit tart with orange liquer and it was demolished! (recipe to come)

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Lots of reading and researching for Bolivia!

And now, back to packing….

See you in Bolivia!

-Kaila

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