While we did a lot of crying and got into many serious discussions, we also had a lot of fun as a group during our week in Bolivia. Here’s just a sampling of the laughter and the antics.

15. “Jung Seou! Jung Seou!”Bolivians when they spotted Lindsey and mistook her for a famous Korean soap-opera star.

Singing "Father Abraham" with the motions and praying we don't faint from the spinning and the altitude. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

14. “I feel like a sugar mama.” Jana, getting bolivianos out of the ATM

Jana crossing the waste canal into a family's pig farm. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

13. “You look like the Nashville slash bloggy slash Christian version of Eminem.” Lindsey to Matthew as he inhaled Afrin.

Michael being blessed. ©2011 Matthew Paul Turner for World Vision

12.   “The hell just seeped from my face.” Matthew, referring to Bolivian ice cream, with which he became infatuated.

Matthew struggled a little communicating in Spanish. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

11.“I felt that way when I was a stripper.” Amy, random comment overheard on the bus.

Not a conga line, I promise. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

9. “More people die from hippo-related accidents than in plane crashes.” (Nish, talking Elizabeth through take-off and landing)

Yes, white bloggers can jump. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

8. “I know your pits are clean.” Joy to Elizabeth when Elizabeth lost her toiletries and needed to borrow deodorant.

Joy, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Amy on our last day in the field. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

7. “So since we’re going into the butt of the plane, that must make us LaPaz-itories.” Carla, as she boarded our plane to La Paz.

Carla, our group "mom." ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

6. “Whoopsie!” Amy, telling stories about her job as a respiratory therapist.

Amy was a natural, loosening everyone up with her thick southern drawl and her crazy stories. ©2011 Matthew Paul Turner for World Vision

5. “Why would you say ‘puma’ (POO-muh) when you say ‘pubic’ (PYOO-bik)?” Matthew, passing a billboard for Puma gear.

Beautiful Nish. ©2011 Matthew Paul Turner for World Vision

4. “I love the flavor of wine too.”Deb to Matthew after he misheard her saying “I love the flavor of lime.”

Deb and Joy after being blessed (via confetti) by the moms of the Special Needs Center. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

3. “I want to go to the statue but I don’t want to go to the statue.” Rachel about Cochabamba’s huge statue of Jesus.  “I want to go to the statue but I don’t want to go to the statue” then sung in duet by Elizabeth and Matthew

Rachel above Cochabamba. ©2011 Matthew Paul Turner for World Vision

2.  “Does Spanish rhyme?” Matthew to Andrea (our fearless interpreter)

Andrea, one of our two incredible interpreters. ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

1. “I’ve always thought women should have come with pouches.” Matthew, watching Bolivian women carrying babies in their colorful woven blankets. “We do. We just can’t put them back in.” Joy’s retort.

Raising the Bolivian and indiginous flags at a playground ribbon-cutting ceremony. ©2011 Matthew Paul Turner for World Vision

 

[To read other posts from my  team members, check out World Vision’s Bolivia blog.]

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