In our second week in Bolivia, we are still settling into our new home. Every day, we’re buying more utensils and supplies. But we’re still well under our $2,000 move-in budget. The homesickness is fading, partly due to the sheer beauty of this place.
It didn’t take long before arriving in Bolivia and unpacking our bags for that ominous feeling of homesickness to settle into my gut. It’s not easy uprooting your life and starting afresh on a different continent – even if only for a year.
When you travel in less developed countries, it hits you like a bad hangover on a Tuesday. It starts with sweaty palms and an itchy index finger, and progresses into a nervous tick, which may or may not ever go away.
We first landed in La Paz, Bolivia. It has the highest commercial airport in the world at about 13,000 feet (that’s a fact according to my 6th grade son – so it must be true). Bolivians have a word for altitude sickness: “Soroche”,
Our family gap year begins now. As I write this, we are already on our way. We quit our jobs, pulled the kids out of school, rented out our lovely house, and we are leaving behind all our worldly belongings in a couple of 5x7x8 foot containers.
If you follow this blog, you know I’m about to leave on a year-long “gap year” to South America with my wife and kids. At this point, there’s no turning back. I’ve quit my job, my wife shut down her home business,
I remember having a conversation when I was about 25 with my best friend at the time, Brian. I told Brian that I didn’t want to be burdened by a bunch of possessions. My ideal was to be able to fit everything I own into the back of a pickup truck,
Personal safety is a big deal – especially if you have young kids. Our family is about to head off for a year-long adventure to a whole different continent. And that means a whole different type of risks to our personal safety.
I am a complete homeschool nubie. I’ve never been anywhere near it before. But, the more I look into it, the more it seems like an awesome opportunity for me and my kids. There are so many resources available these days,