Country #49: Guyana

I’ve been at this blog for a very long time now, and yet Guyana will be just my second South American country. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be visiting! Especially since I know very little about Guyana; this will be a true learning experience. Knowledge is good! South America is even better!

(Edit: I’ve also tagged Guyana as a Caribbean country. The more I read, I learned that it’s part of CARICOM, the Caribbean single-market organization, and is more culturally tied to that part of the world, versus the continent on which it exists. Super cool!)



Reading about Bolivia: The Fat Man From La Paz

Short stories are, by their very nature, intense. No build-up, no long story arcs; you’re thrown into a slice of life and need to process it all on the fly. It’s a story-telling form that is not often my first choice as a reader, but Bolivia forced me out of my comfort zone.  The book I chose for my first South American destination is a collection of short stories, The Fat Man from La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia.

I’ll come right out with it and say that some of the selections made me uncomfortable. I seriously disliked a few of the characters I met, and was unsure at first of how to review the book as a whole. After thinking, and talking, about it for a few days, I realized that discomfort was something to pay attention to. It made me realize just how universally GOOD the writers are that were included in this compilation; every story managed to affect me on a pretty deep level. Rural life versus urban life, gender issues, corruption, war, family dramas…all are pretty universal topics, but I’m grateful for the chance to catch a glimpse of a uniquely Bolivian perspective.

Colors of Altiplano Boliviano 4340m Bolivia
Colors of Altipiano Boliviano, 4720 meters, Bolivia
(image By Luca Galuzzi (Lucag) via Wikimedia Commons)



Country #31 – Boliva

Country #31 is Bolivia. South America has finally been reached!
I am truly excited to be visiting.