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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

HELLO DEAR DRAGONS!

Hello!

I am very happy to meet you soon and experience with you a beautiful adventure together to enjoy the process of learning.

I am Sandy, I was born in one of the Amazonian areas of Bolivia, in the city of Caranavi, in the Los Yungas region (Department of La Paz). I am an Afro-descendant woman and I have a strong connection with my Afro-Bolivian culture that was created and developed thanks to the legacy of my ancestors who were brought from Africa and the connection they made with the Andean and Amazonian peoples of Bolivia.

I studied Social Communication in the city of Cochabamba, the third largest city of Bolivia, specializing in cultural studies in Communication for Development. In my life, I carry out activities related to the defence and strengthening of human rights, and the cultural identity of Afro-descendant communities and women as professionals and as activists.

The encounter of different cultures is a fundamental element with which you will have to confront in your trip through Bolivia and Peru. These countries are a meeting of diverse cultures; kaleidoscopes of worldviews, music, beliefs and visions of the world that coexist in these territories. It will be a privilege for me to be able to accompany you in this discovery process by putting at your service my knowledge and personal and professional experience.

In particular, I want to share with you the history, culture and the music of my Afro-Bolivian community, and help you understand ways that we can empower ourselves and develop in society through the transmission and preservation of our cultural practices and cultural identity.

In these lands, diversity is not only cultural but also geographical. Here we have pampas, jungles, mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, and valleys that extend from the lowlands to the highest mountains of the continent. Be prepared to travel through spaces that are at the same time very similar and very different.

Traveling through the Andes and the Amazon means a journey in space, in time and within oneself; the great connection of the people of these territories with nature, which here we call Pachamama, is accompanied by a deep spirituality that calls us to reconsider our relations with Mother Earth and with other human beings.

I am very excited to accompany you on this journey of personal and spiritual growth, I am sure it will be a meaningful and exciting journey that will give us a great reward.

See you soon, if you have any questions or curiosity you can write me at this e-mail address: pintosandy77@gmail.com

Abrazos,

Sandy