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Differences Between Homestays

As we proceed to finish our journey through Bolivia, we are facing some differences and similarities between our homestay in Tiquipaya and El Alto. In Tiquipaya, I stayed in a small house with 2 parents, 3 teenagers, and 1 energetic 5 year old. Throughout the 10 days I´ve spent with them, I have developed quite a routine. In the morning, we would eat oatmeal and be out the door by 8:15am for our classes or work day. Around 12pm, I would go back to the house to eat lunch. As my homestay sister cooks, I would help watch the 5 year old boy, Santiago, and we would play with the bunnies and roosters we had in the backyard. After lunch, I would have my afternoon I.S.P class that my homestay mom taught. My afternoons would consist of weaving for 5 hours. It was a lot of work, but very fun. Dinner would consist of potatoes, rice, and fried eggs. All foods I cannot complain about, delicious! After dinner activities would be watching T.V with Santiago or playing board games with my homestay sisters.

In El Alto, it is very different.  My homestay sister is vegan, so she cooks a variety of foods for our meals. We also eat dinner around 8pm or 9pm, which is significantly later than my family in Tiquipaya. I`m staying in a big house with 4 dogs and 2 cats. My homestay sibblings are older, and have kids of their own. I live in a major city in the United States, so the city life of El Alto is not foreign to me. I am not spending as much time with my family in El Alto as I did with my family in Tiquipaya but, both homestays have been amazing. I experienced a lot of the traditional aspects of Bolivia in Tiquipaya and am experiencing modern aspects of Bolivia in El Alto.

Can´t wait to go on more adventures in these last 10 days!

¡Abrazos!

Drew