Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like for your family to live on less than $10,000? For a family of four that comes out to less than $7 per person per day. What would you have to sacrifice?
This year, my family of four is living in a small village in rural Bolivia. We are originally from suburban California, and let me just say that village life here is different – in some ways that are good and some ways that are not.
Day of the Dead is a big holiday in Bolivia. It is celebrated over two days, on November 1st and 2nd. The first day is technically Todos Santos, or All-Saints Day, and the second day is Dia de los Difuntos,
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.
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,
The Andes are a mystical place: remote and full of spirits. In the mountains, traditions live strong, and the modern world is an unwelcome foreigner. In some ways, it seems that an almost alternate reality presides. Stories and traditions have been passed down for generations,
The next time you go into a supermarket, please do me a solid, and kiss the clerk… or if you’re too shy, then at least shake her hand. She certainly deserves it, because modern supermarkets are truly a wondrous glory.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the clothes they can’t sell in the U.S? Seems like most of it ends up here: the highly addictive discount clothes markets in South America. This is how most Bolivians buy their clothes.