Why Travel to Bolivia?

“Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation, but that majority has always been excluded.” — Evo Morales

If you’ll ask Danna, she will say that she wanted to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, but David wanted to go to Bolivia because it was the only country in South America that was named for Simon Bolivar, who was the “champion of the people.” Sounds good and funny but the truth is, that Salar de Uyuni is the second must-see spot in South America, and Bolivia intersected with Tomer’s vagabond trip itinerary during Rae’s school break. In addition, there is the story of Yossi Ginsberg, the Israeli adventurer who, in 1981, miraculously survived a three-week stint alone in the Bolivian Amazon jungle after becoming separated from his companions. I wanted to connect with the ‘spirits’ of that ordeal. So, Bolivia we went, and it was a blast!

It was a joy in big part because it was the first time the four of us traveled together for an extended period. It was a beautiful way for our newly formed family (minus Quinn) to come together, to share intimacy and the joy of freedom that only travel can bring. It was the first time that Rae traveled in our kind of travel style, which is comfortable though challenging at times, and she showed her grit.

Glorious Sunset reflection on the salt flat at Salar de Uyuni

A few years ago, on Father’s Day I posted a reflection: “…Yet a lot of times, I let (Tomer) lead me, and I don’t know where the journey’s gonna go. Because we can go down a path that I’ve been down a thousand times before, but for him, it’s the first time…” In Bolivia I observed Tomer taking the lead many times, he was our Spanish communicator and as such he often set the tone. It was with great pride and joy that I could backup and just let things unfold.

My reading recommendations

Bolivar: American Liberator, By: Marie Arana

Marching Powder, By: Rusty Young

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, By: Eduardo Galeano

Back to the Tuichi, By Yossi Ghinsberg

For additional photographs and reflections please check my site

Tomer Gev David Gev, Danna Sigal and Rae Godfredsen at Chalalan Ecolodge

David’s writings are self-reflections of an Israeli living in Los Angeles since 1987, through the lens of art, travel & culture. https://davidgev.com/biography/

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