So the majority of you guys probably haven´t heard anything, but Bolivia, specifically Tarija, just experienced a major forest fire this past weekend. Now I know what you´re thinking: “But Utah gets a forest fire like every other year, it´s not that big a deal”. Well, I thought that too! But here´s the thing — Utah is a state in a fancy first world country where we have the means and supplies to knock out a forest fire, while Bolivia is the poorerst country in South America that doesnt have a profesional Firemen unit in, like, the entire city.
See the difference here?
So the fire was a pretty big deal here, only twenty minutes away from where we are in the city. At night, we could see the flames with the naked eye! All of the bolivians were being asked to volunteer to help put out the fie, and Bolivia was receiving help from their neighboring countries –Argentina, Perú, etc. We got pretty scared Friday morning when we got the call that we needed to buy fresh water immediately because the fire was about to destroy the water tanks kept out in the forest, and that we also needed to prep our emergency backpacks. Saturday, the smoke was so think that we literally couldn´t see the mountains. It definitely didn´t help that the wind was blowing hard that day!
However, they were finally able to put the fire out that very night. So I´ll be living for the next little while!
The forest fire would really be the biggest news for this week. I forgot to mention last time that the 6th of August is Bolivia´s Indepenedence Day! So we made a Llama Shrine to celebrate.
Thanks everybody for your love and support.