Macro Friday: Week 71

Friday, September 30, 2011

Blogging from Bolivia

I had promised myself to never again let an entire week pass without posting anything. To not have anymore back-to-back Macro Friday posts. Clearly, I failed. :)

But, I think I have some pretty good excuses. Like the fact that my throat has been so swollen and raw that I could barely even sip water, much less speak. Fortunately I'm on the mend now. Or that I had out-of-town company staying with me and we probably slept a total of 10 hours over the course of 4 days! (Many photos coming soon!) And I have another excuse, as well. But I'm going to save it awhile longer. It seems that recently, anytime I share exciting news, it promptly falls through. So I'm going to enjoy this one on my own for a bit. Or at least until Monday. :)

Anyway, enough excuses. I'm excited about my macro photo this week. We discovered a gorgeous park last weekend and I had so much fun wandering around with my camera. Sometimes images look better on my camera screen than on the computer, so I held my breath while uploading this one.


I was pleased with the final result though. :) The composition is far from textbook (not that I'd know anything about photography textbooks!), but I just couldn't bring myself to crop out any parts of it. There's something about this shot that just makes me feel satisfied.
Your turn! Have a great weekend, all!

Macro Friday: Week 70

Friday, September 23, 2011

Blogging from Bolivia

Welcome back to Macro Friday! I cannot believe we're already at week 70! Thank you so much to all of you for participating week after week and making Macro so fun! :)

My shot(s):

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Hope you have a great weekend!

Fresh Milk

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I have recently discovered the creamy deliciousness that is raw milk. After a lifetime of drinking processed skim milk (with an occasional glass of 2% milk as a treat!), my taste buds rejoiced at their first encounter with milk straight from the cow.


I buy the milk from a nearby market early in the morning at the reasonable price of 57 cents per liter. :) For anyone interested, that works out to be $2.16 per gallon of raw milk straight from the cow. This is one of the many things that I love about Bolivia! Fresh foods are so readily available that they're inexpensive. In fact, processed milk from the grocery store is slightly more expensive than raw milk.


After much Googling and debating, I decided to be safe and boil the milk. Granted, it's no longer raw, but it's still fresh and unprocessed. And still delicious! So I just barely bring it to a boil and then let it cool off and store it in the fridge.


I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to processed milk again. I'm officially a fresh milk convert! :)


A Day In My Life

Monday, September 19, 2011

I thought it might be interesting (mostly for myself!) to write down what a typical day is like for me. It's nothing too exciting, but just right for me.

8:00 AM: Wake up and get day started. Shower, hair, make up. Make bed and put away dishes left out to dry overnight.


8:30 AM: "At work." As time permits, I eat breakfast, read blogs, venture outside, etc. Some days it's all work, some days it's all fun. Closer to noon, I try to get lunch started.


12:00 PM: Lunch time! Finish making & serve lunch. Eat with Mauricio who then washes the dishes. :) Lunch is the biggest meal of the day in Bolivia. I almost always cook something hot and we always sit down together to eat. Dinner, on the other hand, tends to be light.

[ pictured left to right: chili powder; green peppers; pasta; grapes; lemon ]

1:00 PM: Siesta. We usually watch the news or I'll read a book or something quiet like that. Some days we have places to go and rush out after lunch. Currently, Monday lunches are spent at the market getting food for the week.


2:00 PM: Back to work. Pretty much the same as the morning. Hopefully I have some time for editing photos or blogging! :)

6:00 PM: Turn off computer and unplug work phone for the day! Woohoo!

The rest of the evening really doesn't follow a consistent routine. It will, at some point, include dinner (something like fruit or soup or smoothies), Bible reading, and a myriad of other things. I'm trying to integrate exercise/jogging into the routine. Some nights I go out with Mauricio, some nights I wash clothes, some nights I bake. Right now Mauricio is in class from 7 to 10 so I'm on my own in the evenings which means lots of reading or "shopping"! (I don't tend to actually "shop", but I like to get out after working from home all day, so I sometimes go to the store and just look!).


That's pretty much a normal day. Saturdays and Sundays are, of course, the exception. Saturdays are the one time when I allow myself to just embrace laziness and sleeping in. :) We usually try to find somewhere to go after lunch, though. And Sundays start early with Church and are usually spent with Mauricio's family.

It's a good life! I rather like it. :)


Disclaimer: I feel the need to periodically state on my blog that Mauricio and I don't live together. We're waiting to get married to actually move in together. We do, however, live in the same building which is marvelous. I have a full apartment and he rents a room downstairs (no kitchen or private bathroom). As an American woman it would be foolish to live completely on my own in Bolivia, so this is a perfect arrangement for us. Several other people rent here as well.

Macro Friday: Week 69

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blogging from Bolivia

Welcome back to Macro Friday! :) I hope everyone had a great week and is ready for the weekend. I'm excited to hopefully have some fun photo opportunities tomorrow :)


Your turn!

Black Grapes

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yesterday we made our weekly trip to the market to get fruits & veggies.


I splurged and got black grapes.


Yum. :)


Monday, September 12, 2011

I've been hearing lots of talk about Autumn lately and it's making me kind of homesick for golden leaves and pumpkin pie and warm fires.

Fortunately, this weekend I had a chance to enjoy some of the evidence of spring coming to Bolivia.


And I decided maybe I don't have it so bad after all.


September is definitely Bolivia's best month. It's the start of spring; a time when the city bursts into lush greens and a myriad of other vibrant colors.



It's when the cold Southern winds officially stop blowing through, but before the sweltering summer sun goes into full force.


I miss autumn in Minnesota, but do love spring in Bolivia :)


Macro Friday: Week 68

Friday, September 9, 2011

Blogging from Bolivia

I never know how to start these Macro posts without feeling like I write the same thing each week! Nevertheless, happy Friday and welcome back to Macro! :)

This week was one of the ones where I got lucky and didn't have to come up with an idea for my macro photo. Rather, it came up to me.

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This TINY spider was on my wardrobe one afternoon. I thought all of the shots had come out blurry due to low lighting and lots of scurrying, so I was thrilled to find this one when I uploaded the photos to my computer! In the picture it looks big and scary, but it was really teeny!

Your turn! Have a great weekend!

2 Years Old

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Do you remember when I shared sweet baby photos of little Diklarita? Or when I posted about a thousand photos of her first Birthday?

Well she's growing up quickly and just turned TWO!

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I had to miss her Birthday party which just about broke my heart, so I was excited to have her and her mom visiting yesterday afternoon.

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There's something about this photo that just makes my heart swell. Maybe it's because I love both of these girls so much - mother & daughter. Or maybe it's because they don't have a camera and photos of them are few and far between. Or maybe it's just that they look so darn happy! :)

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Looks like someone was sharing some pretty unbelievable gossip with her in that shot :) (In case you can't tell, that's her toy cell phone in her hand.)

Her "best" smile:

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And I like to remember that even though she's a big girl now, she's still little :)
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Black & White Wednesday

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This week is the last ever of Black & White Wednesday, so I decided to join in one last time.


Have a great Wednesday! :)

A Charming Restaurant

Monday, September 5, 2011

A few days after our afternoon of splashing in the cool waters of Trinidad's lake, Mauricio and I went back to a charming little restaurant situated on its shore.



The first time I came to Bolivia, at 13 years old, I got some sort of stomach bug and spent a few days awfully sick in bed. The first day I was feeling better, we went to this particular restaurant but I wasn't allowed to eat anything. Nine years later, I still haven't forgotten the delicious smells. :)


They serve a variety of foods, but I always order the fish. It's a tender, light fish called PacĂș. Generously seasoned with lemon and fried to perfection.


Aside from the delicious food, the restaurant itself is just so beautiful. With its palm roof and quaint spiral staircase, its the perfect place to enjoy lunch and the lake scenery.




After eating, we went outside and walked along the shore, cautiously watching the dark storm clouds in the distance. We could actually see the downpour of rain on the horizon.



We packed up and left just a few minutes too late and ended up driving home (on the motorcycle) while huge raindrops crashed all around us. It was cold and wet, but we laughed the whole way. :)

Macro Friday: Week 67

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blogging from Bolivia

It's that time of the week again! :) Welcome back to Macro Friday!

My creativity was really running thin by the time I pulled out my camera to take a macro photo yesterday. I began by aimlessly wandering around my apartment looking for something - anything - to photograph. It wasn't until this morning that I noticed the dish soap and thought some nice suds might look cool in macro.

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It did not disappoint. :)

You turn! Just link up below to share your macro photo.

A Day On The Lake

Thursday, September 1, 2011

As you may remember, I got to spend a few weeks relaxing in my favorite part of Bolivia back in July. We spent most of the time at Mauricio's grandmother's house in Trinidad but also made a trip to visit his other grandmother in the rural village of El Carmen. That'll be another post for another day, though.


For today, I thought I'd share about just one day that happened to be a particularly fun one. We set out on Mauricio's motorcycle - his cousin perched on the front and myself hanging on the back - braving the scorching afternoon sun in search of some water. Trinidad, Bolivia has a man-made lake just outside of the city and it was there that we spent the afternoon cooling off in the refreshing water.


We started out just getting our feet wet,

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but quickly became soaked. :)


It was a lovely afternoon for some fun in the sun & water.