We’re now seventeen weeks into our Family Gap Year in Bolivia. Periodically, I write posts about our daily life in our small Andean village. It’s been several weeks since I’ve done that, mostly because I’ve had so many other things to write about.
If you’re a student of money – or perhaps if you just like money generally – you should visit the outstanding “Casa de Moneda”, or Royal Mint, in Potosi, Bolivia. It is the birthplace, HQ, and corner-office of the world’s first global currency: the silver Spanish peso.
Ok, lets build us a tourist destination! What do we have? Cold weather? CHECK! Bland food? CHECK! Dusty brown streets, with nary a green plant to speak of? CHECK! A restive population that loves to protest in the streets with live dinamite?
Ever since I was a kid, parades have bored the hell out of me. Sitting for hours on the sidewalk in the hot sun while you watch the mayor ride by in a convertible, surrounded by barricades, crowds, and fried food – it’s all just hell.
Last week, our family traveled to Sucre, The White City. We all thought it was our favorite city in Bolivia, and it is among my favorite in all of Latin America, for its outstanding architecture, history, culture, and climate. The kids especially loved Sucre for its beautiful buildings,
Squatter rights are a complete game-changer when it comes to property, inheritance, and even retirement. In the United States, there is no such thing as squatter rights, but they are common throughout much of Latin America. In my time in Bolivia,
I realized last week that I did something few people ever get to do. I just moved from one of the more expensive places in the world – California – to one of the cheapest places in the world – a small town in the Bolivian Andes.
Now that we’re one-quarter of the way through our Gap Year in South America, what do we miss? Surely, leaving behind the safe spaces of our work, school, and neighborhood wasn’t easy, right? This morning, I took a rather unscientific poll of approximately 100% of our participating family members in an attempt to answer this question.