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Jan. 12th, 2008 | 11:27 am

I got over my perilous case of traveler`s bug, it was weird because I woke up in the middle of the night feeling fine like it had all been a dream. This city makes me cough and it makes me struggle for breath after I go up a flight of stairs. The streets are clogged with hundreds of micro buses filled with campesinos and men in tarnished suits squashed next to each other and each is equipped with its own fourteen-year-old boy yelling out the route in a monotone drone that I can`t believe anyone can understand. I have interview fatigue, I`m sick of hearing myself talk. Karim was very concerned about Dutch Disease and wondered if she could get vaccinated against it. I spoke with the director of a microfinance organization who said, ¨it´s a classic example of...how do you say, the illness of the Netherlands?¨

I went to El Alto, the fastest growing city in Latin America, slums built onto the top of the cliffs surrounding La Paz. Everything is perched hazardously on dirt. I went to Zona Sur, the Bevery Hills of La Paz. It´s eerily quiet and looks like a Hollywood set, perfectly built houses surrounded by towering rocks with not a resident in sight except the little security man who lives in a box on the street corner. There are wild yellow labs that live on the cliffs. I met with the government´s director of public relations concerning the campaign against cocaine. He told me he loved the US and all its policies while we sipped coca tea. I drank beers with Karim in the back of a cab as we drove past all the embassies. I don`t know where I`m going to put all of this.

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Jess

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from: britgrl1125
date: Jan. 13th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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1. Interview fatigue is good... it means people are telling you the same stuff over and over and you're getting to conclusions!
2. I didn't discuss Dutch disease in the economic sense, but I did meet a Dutch tourist with a cold (really).
3. The slums are like that in Peru too-- they just go on forever.
4. I've noticed that dogs breed like mad everywhere very poor people live. Sachs should address THAT demographic problem.
5. There is a box of coca tea in my suitcase. Take that, customs.
6. I think we'll have a lot to talk about when we get back SO SOON!
7. After we see Atonement.
8. I MISS YOU!!!!!!!


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C. Mor

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from: getontheboat
date: Jan. 14th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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1) what is with six million dutch tourists backpacking across south america? I literally have not met another perons from the united states.
2) i want myself to shut up but i still have another week of interviews to go
3) you are so bad!
4) we definitely have a lot to talk about, including dogs
5) I can´t wait to get back to boston and see atonement and donse and be in snow and live in a (flood-damaged) dorm room again
6) andean crafts are great.

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