That weekend in Keystone, I was one of very few people who chose to camp in order to attend the travel blogger conference. The idea was to save money, but I also wanted to share a fun outdoor experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Gazing at the stars, I realized that I take these mountains for granted. I made it a goal to spend more time in my great Colorado backyard and decided to join Mountain Ambassadors to help me meet that goal.
During my three months as volunteer/resident writer at Sustainable Bolivia, I contributed five posts to the Sustainable Bolivia blog. It was a fun project to bring the blog back to life and share some details of the Sustainable Bolivia experience with its online audience. Below are the five articles I wrote during my time there:
Global tourism has a sly way of turning non-tradable goods into tradable ones. With enough tourism, a city like Cochabamba Bolivia can essentially ‘export’ non-tradables like restaurant meals and haircuts by selling them to travelers who are buying with foreign currency that they’ve exchanged. The implications are many, but this is part of why global tourism is generally considered to be a positive thing for local economies.
Almost six weeks have gone by since I first arrived in Lima, Peru and started making my way toward Cochabamba, Bolivia, where I currently hang my hat. “Well?” ask emails and chats from home, “How is it?” It’s both. The beginning of my long-term trip to South America has been both of everything. It’s both the suspension from time that is travel and the daily grind that is real life.
Even The Rain is a meta-film whose plots and messages run in three parallel lines. The Spanish conquest in the 16th century is mirrored by both a fictional Spanish film project and a factual water privatization attempt in 2000 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
I’ll be in South America for a little over six months, starting June 22 2011. I depart June 22 to Lima, Peru. Then I’ll make my way from Lima to Cuzco to catch the the Inti Raymi solstice celebration on the 24th. Then I’ll travel overland across the border to La Paz, Bolivia, and then on to Cochabamba