"The aim... is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
-Aristotle, philosopher and scientist
In this world, one in five people you meet live without the enabling power of electricity. One in ten won't taste the cleansing relief of pure, fresh water. And HALF of the people you run into don't even have a sewage connection to take away their own waste...
Imagine this world. Now squish it between two nations who each have almost four times the average GOP of this world. A central deprivation betwixt two relative luxuries.
You're in Bolivia.
And while traveling, I have repeatedly found two opposing yet complimentary excitements that can take place, one when you find a place that reminds you of home, and one when discovering someplace that shares very little with it.
Bolivia is is one of those "someplaces" that is very, very different from my home.
But seriously, doesn't some of it just look like another planet? You can just picture a spaceship landing and a light-saber duel unfolding in some places...
The family we were fortunate to have interviewed lives in a more developed La Paz neighborhood that hosts the first (and only) international chain restaurant I saw in all of Bolivia (Subway, for interested parties).
Bolivia boasts a plethora of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables at local markets. The company's "Eat Fresh" slogan seemed silly and ironically out of place and as US-based fast food joint in the midst of such remarkable selections of straight-from-the-dirt food.
These people have something special that I wish I had the time to have explored deeper. With time, earning trust, I have little doubt that the spirits of these people would have warmed my own, changing both of us for the better.
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