Ten things that I could give up for Lent in Cochabamba without trying
- Starbuck’s…oh how I miss you, chai tea latte!
- Television…don’t have one, and don’t need one!
- Driving…public transportation is the way to go!
- Microwave…nope, don’t have one of these either. A friend and I were just talking about all of the years we could add onto our lives by avoiding potential dangers associated with microwaves…even though they are much more convenient!
- Washer and dryer…I was tempted to count these as two, but since I have mentioned them in a blogpost before, I’ll refrain.
- Air conditioning…after living fifteen years in Florida, you’d better believe I’m counting these as two. And I bet you can guess what’s coming….
- Heating…yes, as a non-native-but-true-Floridian, I miss this one more than the other.
- Doctors who speak my language…have you ever tried explaining your health symptoms in another language? Phrases I have actually used are as follows:
- “My stomach is like a balloon” and
- “There’s a fight inside.”
- Fresh fish or any turkey…since Bolivia is land locked and many of the country’s problems stem from a lack of port access, fresh fish is pretty unattainable (unless it’s from a river and I am a fan of ocean fish!). Turkey is not a common staple here, and you can get a lot of weird looks asking what to eat on Thanksgiving (which is not celebrated in Bolivia).
- Shoe shopping…which is impossible when “no tengo los pies de una Boliviana” which translates to “I do not have the feet of a Bolivian,” because I am two shoe sizes shy of finding my size here.
When I was writing this list, which is meant to add a bit of laughter to your day, I realized how many things I would not want to give up in Bolivia: the open culture, beautiful mountains, and all of the Lenten inspirations I have found in expressions of faith ever-present in my Bolivian faith community.
What would be easy for you to give up during Lent?