Jake’s Bolivia Travel Blog: Returning to the Land of Contradictions
My friend Jake has been traveling in South America for some time now. Shortly after his trip to Shanghai, China, he came back in time for our wedding (with a day or two to spare), only to them depart a week later for Bolivia.
Jake’s been keeping a travel blog over at Travelpod, including both text and photos. Because his Internet access is somewhat limited at times, there are long stretches between posts. But I have to tell you – he’s a great writer, and really brings his travels to life.
Here’s a description of his current travel blog, entitled Returning to the Land of Contradictions:
Image of an Aymara Noble, September 24th, 2009.
Not only is he descriptive in adding in details to his entries, he’s also pretty open and honest at each step of the way. I think he’s got a strong voice to his entries, that goes beyond merely documenting this neat site or that interesting spot.
One of the things that really grabbed me was a bit from his first entry, on September 17th, shortly after returning to Bolivia. This is him describing an incredible road outside of Coroico:
I was seated on the left hand side of the bus, which means I was on the cliff side. Many times I looked out and I couldn’t see the road, just a several thousand foot drop straight down. Bus and truck bodies litter the ground below, and there are literally hundreds of crosses and plaques commemorating the fallen. The road is simply carved out of the mountain and snakes its way down through streams which only help to erode the mud under our tires. Frankly, it is terrifying.
Tus, hanging out by a waterfall, November 7th, 2009.