Family, Gathering

The past few days have been pretty low key, mostly due to bouts of Traveler's Tummy. Never had that before and, phew, I tell ya, it ain't fun. To combat it, I'm trying to eat, when possible, foods that are as close to "home" as I can without missing out on the amazingness that Bolivia has to offer in this area. For example, breakfast this morning was Kellogg's Corn Flakes and milk. But not just any milk! Lactose-free milk. Every little bit helps, right? Not to mention the bag (milk in a bag... brings back memories of middle school cafeteria lunches) is totes adorbs.

There was a bachelorette party for Adri's sister Paola over the weekend. Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't go, so I won't be able to share any scandalous details. I did, however, provide my camera and it was heavily utilized. I've also been sworn to secrecy because, as we all know, what happens at the party stays at the party. I'm okay with that.

Instead, here are some pictures I took at the local market.

Bolivia has a mannequin infestation. It's like a Silent Hill game in half the shops.

Bolivia has a mannequin infestation. It's like a Silent Hill game in half the shops.

To quote Excel Excel, "Meat! Meat! Meat!"

To quote Excel Excel, "Meat! Meat! Meat!"

And, because I only took two pictures at the market, here's a guinea pig looking warily at Gnomeo.

After the party, there was another party for Adri's nephew's birthday. By American standards it was mostly a family BBQ with a child blowing out candles on a cake. While kids in the US tend to open all the presents at once, I'm told here they just open them when they're received, so there's no real ceremony surrounding it. 

Anyway, there were probably 30 people there, including the kids. Here are a bunch of pictures.

Don't scratch your screen. You can't smell it.

Don't scratch your screen. You can't smell it.

There were probably... three helpings for everybody, at which point we got full. Then the grill was re-lit and more meat was grilled.

Some of the kids were very interested in the camera. Or maybe the gringo. Who knows.

We even managed to get a picture of the family (minus Adri's brother)!

Ale made an amazing cake for the birthday boy, too. Can you guess what superhero he's super into right now?

Surprise, the cake had those joke candles that don't go out easily. Everyone was entertained.

This went on for probably three minutes.

This went on for probably three minutes.

There was a big multi-colored fabric tube. The kids loved it.

So, as you can see, everyone had a great time. Smiles and laughter all around. Next big event: the wedding.