Through an epic travel odyssey, the twelve of us bonded over COVID complications, nearly missed flights, and altitude sickness. Today is the fifth day of being together, and I feel so deeply grateful to be in such a starkly beautiful country with the kindest and genuine people. At night we share cups of tea around a fire with stomachs satiated by arroz con leche. We learn choreography to Bolivian music in the basement and share stories of our home, families, and lives. Already, I feel my Spanish progressing.
I am struck by the sense that I am at the exact right place at the exact right time.