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Eddie Andujar

March 17, 2014

Sometimes I Wonder

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When I daydream, I reminisce about the many places I’ve been and all the people I’ve met. I like to wonder about what they’re doing now, and where they’re headed. Whether it was my Nicaraguan barber who’s been saving up money to send home, the child asylum seekers in Denmark waiting to hear the result […]

Standing in paradise

January 29, 2014

Más Cerca de Dios

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Ever since I was little, I’ve craved adventure. I wanted to pack a bag and hike through fields, climb big rocks, get lost in nature. The most I was able to do at the time, however, was explore my backyard. As Michelle and I packed our things for the 5-day excursion through Salar de Uyuni, […]

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January 27, 2014

Sightseeing in La Paz

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Once Paige got adjusted to the altitude of the city, we decided to take a sightseeing bus tour to explore what La Paz has to offer.  The tour we wanted to take started downtown, so we took a taxi to get there on time. After around an hour of being stuck in traffic, we got […]

La Paz con el Illimani

January 15, 2014

Sorojchi 101

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After almost four years of friendship, Paige is getting to Bolivia to meet my family and the country I have told her so much about.  Early in the morning, my parents and I headed to the airport to wait for Paige. I was a little afraid she could get “sorojchi” (the Aymara word for altitude […]

January 14, 2014

Copacabana!

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We’re back from Copacabana! At around 10am on Saturday, Michelle, her family, and I all piled into the car and drove 3.5 hours to Copacabana, a city on the edge of Lake Titicaca. When we pulled into a small town near the lake, I thought we had arrived, but we were stopping for a different […]

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January 11, 2014

Estoy en Bolivia!

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During the long plane ride from Miami to Bolivia, I alternated between sleeping (rather unsuccessfully) and reflecting on what my stay would be like with Michelle and her family. Every now and then I glanced out of the plane window, but since it was nighttime, I couldn’t see much. Finally, around 5:45, I got the […]

Buildings, including skyscrapers, with a mountain in the background in La Paz, Bolivia

January 7, 2014

Practicing Spanish and Packing Suitcases

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After a relaxing few weeks at home with family, it’s finally time to pull out the suitcases. I could not be more excited as I make all of the necessary preparations before heading out to Bolivia. Michelle has sent me an e-mail full of tips on what type of clothing to bring and information on […]

Rijan and I at my Aunt's house

January 3, 2014

Meeting my family

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I wanted Rijan to get a feel for how Christmas is celebrated with my family. We sure are entertaining, I think. So around 5pm Rijan and my family piled into our car and drove to my aunt’s house for the annual Walko family Christmas party. He was in for a treat. My family is very […]

Sarah and Walko standing outside on a cold day in Pittsburgh

January 3, 2014

Holidays!

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We made momos. That’s right, amazing momos in western PA with improvised steamer. We made the momos and took them to a Christmas party at Sarah’s aunt’s place on Christmas Eve. It was pretty cool to meet the extended family of Sarah’s, all of whom were super chill and very welcoming. I had a great […]

The Saylor School one-room school house, built in 1887

January 3, 2014

Floods and Steel

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Most people who know Johnstown probably have heard of the great flood of 1889. There was a big flood when a dam broke that resulted in the death of about 2000 people. We went to the Johnstown Flood Memorial site and saw a documentary about the flood. The executives of companies around the area wanted […]