After almost two years in Bolivia I’m preparing to leave in about 3 weeks.
I love transitions and I’m excited for the new season that’s about to start, yet I know I will miss this country a lot.
I usually try to see the good and the positive in everything, however I decided not to sugar-coat this post and be honest about what I like and what I dislike about Bolivia. At the end of the day there is no such a thing as a perfect country.
So here are a few things I’ll miss about Bolivia, and others I won’t.
What I will miss
This is one of those things that I struggled to adapt to at first but that I eventually learned to love.
I live in Santa Cruz, which is hot and humid almost all year round and I don’t have air conditioning in my apartment.
But I learned how to deal with the heat: drink lots of water and take cold showers! Also, I think of it as a sauna: a free, natural way to sweat the fat out!
I’m a coffee lover and Alexander’s Café has almost become my office. I go there from time to time to relax, do work and enjoy coffee and air conditioning.
Açaí is an Amazonian fruit that has become extremely popular recently. Lots of places selling it have sprung up like mushrooms.
It is usually served with other fruits and my favorite one is blended with Hershey’s chocolate and comes with banana and bits of coconut.
Music on public busses
Latino music is definitely my kind of music and many bus drivers like to play it out loud. Which I love!
Yes, some play bad music but I can deal with it!
There’s always a solution in Bolivia.
I’m not joking!
This is one of the things I’ll miss the most.
It’s not easy to find a good contemporary, Holy Spirit-filled, introvert-friendly and not institutionalized church. Yet La Roca church is all of these things together.
I feel I have grown a lot as a person here, got into a much deeper personal relationship with God and learned to hear his voice better!
When I lived in Europe my Latino friends used to say I’m too cold and insensitive.
I know I’m not particularly people oriented, but one thing I have learned here is to value relationships more. So I have made many friends here that I’ll be missing a lot!
What I won’t miss
People littering in public spaces
I think this is mainly a Santa Cruz thing, since other big cities, like La Paz and Cochabamba, are much cleaner.
I see people tossing wrappers away every single day and I find that extremely upsetting. I wish people had more respect towards the environment and public spaces.
Lack of punctuality
I knew as I moved here that people have a different perception of time, that they will be late at meetings and that I will have to be patient and wait.
I thought I would get used to it over time, but I didn’t. And as a matter of fact, this has massacred my neurons more than anything.
Often when I’m waiting for people to show up I wish I could take the first flight out and not come back ever again.
But then I calm down.
Bolivia is a wonderful place after all!