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8th April 2014

Good pics! Great fun!
Enjoy!! And thanks for sharing! Va manos!
6th April 2014

Fab Photos!
These are costumes usually seen only in museums--good for you for going! I'm in La Paz and wasn't up for the crowds, prices, water balloons, but I'm so glad you went and posted these amazing photos! Any chance you may be coming to La Paz in the next month or so?
6th April 2014

Hi Tara, How nice to get a comment from you. I've read all your South American blogs - love them. Great inspiration for me in planning this trip. Hopefully we'll be coming to La Paz. We're in Tarija at the moment, trying to get a visa to stay for another 30 days. Tomorrow we go back to the immigration office with all the stuff we've had to collect - and on Tuesday we'll either be heading to Santa Cruz (preparation for the Jesuit Mission Circuit) or to Argentina. Fingers crossed it's Santa Cruz - we're not ready to leave yet. Take care, Tracey.
6th April 2014

Colour, colour, colour!
What amazing costumes and fantastic photos. Does this all go on until Easter? Then what happens?
6th April 2014

Thanks Val. It doesn't go on until Easter - but for four/five days in total until Shrove Tuesday, I think. Still, it's a pretty full-on few days! The next big 'event' for us, (hopefully, if we can extend our visa) is Santa Semana. All being well we should be on the Jesuit Mission church circuit by then.
2nd April 2014

Spanish dress
Great photos! Most of the costumes seemed to have a Spanish influence - lots of Zorros and Donnas! Just one group seemed to have indigenous looking costumes. Is there a still some indigenous culture in the area?
From Blog: Carnival!
6th April 2014

Hi Nick, there is indigenous culture, but it's a bit hidden by a veneer of Spanish-ness. For instance in the religion, the old gods are still present - the virgin is celebrated, but she is also a personification of Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth. It's all mixed together. We saw a great indigenous festival in Tarabuco, when villagers celebrate a victory over the Spanish.
From Blog: Carnival!
1st April 2014

Oh prachtig, dat plezier en die vreugde, dansen en zingen, muziek maken. Heerlijk om mee te mogen maken toch, Trace? En die foto's (vooral die ene, de eerste!) spetteren van het scherm. Zo leuk om mee te leven.
From Blog: Carnival!
1st April 2014

Hoi As, ja is echt fantastisch hier. Het lijkt alsof iedereen een instrument speelt, en er is altijd een somesje voor een voorstelling. Volgende blog gaat over carnival in Oruro!
From Blog: Carnival!
1st April 2014

WOW (in capital letters)
Totally amazing, super photos, do they work as well?
From Blog: Carnival!
1st April 2014

Thanks Val. Yes, in between the singing and the dancing, they work. But there is always music here. Tomorrow we're going to Tarija, (Bolivia's wine country) where they have different music yet again. Yesterday we got an intro. to this but only on a car radio - we're going to try and find some 'en vida' if we can. Fingers crossed. If not we'll have to console ourselves with a glass or two!
From Blog: Carnival!
11th March 2014

Great photos!
Hey there, Great to see you are enjoying your travels. Thanks for the note from New Years. Take care, all the best - looking forward to following along on your new adventures as we continue to slave away up in Canada's far north. Kathie & Jordan
12th March 2014

Even when you are slaving away, you still have some great breaks - we can see the nomadic spirit is still there! Take care, and stay in touch.
8th March 2014

Wonderful text and photos
Tracey, really admire your style. You should have been a writer. You manage to evoke a wonderful picture of life in Sucre. Wherever you are, you find interesting costumes, special events and ordinary life to be really colourful.. I wonder whether you would be able to describe everyday life in Britain or NL in such colourful language. How is Jim coping with the language? I never had problems, but Elmer did. Why do you need to learn grammar? I just learned the language of whatever country I was in e.g. NL, Spain, Sweden without bothering about grammar. I also love your sense of humour. Too bad we could not get together.
8th March 2014

Heidi, I really thank you for your words. I am touched by what you say. Not least because I live my life believing there is beauty in everything, and it's nice to have someone recognise and acknowledge this. I will take up your challenge to write about 'everyday' life next year, when we will be in Holland for 3 months (Jan-March)! Jim finds the Spanish as difficult as I do. I wish we'd had your approach to the language and just talked - we have now learned the present tense, two past tenses, two future tenses, but I just had to ask our teacher how to ask someone if they could move their seat forward on the bus! Only one week to go and then we'll be loose in Bolivia, on our own. Maybe then our Spanish will improve! Hope you are both well. And hopefully see you at the end of this year, when we hope to be in England (maybe, briefly). Take care, xxx
8th March 2014

I've just discovered your blog under Newest blogs...
and am amazed by your writing talent. I also can sympathize with your lack of language learning talent. We are headed to Peru and Bolivia for the first two weeks of May, and are going with a tour for the first time in our lives due to not speaking Spanish. I understand knowing how to speak Spanish is almost a requirement for traveling on one's own in Central and South America. I look forward to reading your blogs, both past, present, and future.
8th March 2014

Dear Bob, Thanks so much for your remarks. Only one week of Spanish lessons to go, and then it will be make or break, do or die, out in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador by ourselves! Maybe I now have this great untapped vat of knowledge in my head, that's waiting for a chance to erupt. (one can but hope!) I'm sure you will enjoy Bolivia - and Peru. Bolivia is a delight - full of colour and joy. I look forward to reading your blogs about it. Take care, Tracey.
15th February 2014

Clothes
Wonderful to see what the local people are wearing. This little girl with the blue hat and dress really has style!
14th February 2014

Good to hear from you. Sorry we did not get to see you.
10th February 2014

Sucre
Hi Trace, Seeing your pictures I remember the city. We didn\'t stay long. Beautiful kolonial-style houses. A sharp line between the wealthy and the not so wealthy (remember a quarter where such luxurious houses were built I was amazed, we stayed mostly in hotels or guest houses) Not sure, but think in Sucre we took the bus and walked with a dutch guide a very old trail the pre-inca\'s followed. It was not so \"famous\" mostly the locals knew. And maybe I walked to a very old cemetary, but could have been Potosi or La Paz too....It was probably in La Paz where we took the Takesi trail. Sucre is close to Uyuni right? The salt lake. So strage, not like anything else in the world. Are you feeling better already from the hight? The tea really helps! One time I bought a packet, because I wanted to know how it feels stuffing your mouth with it and chewing all the time. Felt like I had been in the dentist chair, tongue comfortly numb! It\'s such fun to be reminded of Bolivia, by your blog. Thank you! Looking forward for the next one.
10th February 2014

Sucre
Your photos show some lovely squares and streets. Did you look for a language school, and ended up in Sucre or did you choose the city and then look for a school?
14th February 2014

I chose the city. It's the chocolate capital of Bolivia! But I just fell in love with it, from what I read about it. Lots of colonial buildings, culture, nice climate etc. And then I read that it's one of the best places to learn Spanish in South America - so it all just fitted together. We're not having lessons at a school, but with a private teacher - she's really good. Maybe we miss out a little on social contacts, but our Spanish gets lots of attention.
4th December 2012

just as
Just as interesting as India. Marocco. Egypt. Yet take a picture of your india travel and compare it to Wrest Park....so different! Atmosphere. Reminds me of feeling like a fish without water while walking the hights in Ladakh. Different atmospheres and how we adapt (or not)
25th November 2012

great story
Love it
From Blog: Mrs Smith.
13th November 2012

So interesting
Glad to see you are back to blogging Tracey as I really enjoy your writing...must get to see this place...I wonder if there are any Mary Watts tombstones there? I think there must be.

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