May 8, 2006
Today was mostly spent catching up on my blog and trying to plan out the next month or so. Craig and I moved to a hotel more near the center of town, found out that there is actually a tourism information center here, and learned about a few of the national parks in this side of the country.
Santa Cruz barely feels like Bolivia at times. Bolivia is the 18th poorest country in the world, but this city feels very middle class. It's almost like I'm still in Argentina, but with Bolivian prices.
For example, our hotel last night was $2.50 each, and our dinner of a quarter chicken, french fries, and rice for each of us was a little more than $1. Finally, some relief for my budget. The other strange thing about Santa Cruz is that it has a fairly large community of Mennonites. Something seems drastically out of place when I see people who look like Amish without beards walking down the streets of a large city in Southern Bolivia.
I think we'll need a few days here to recover from the long week of traveling on the boat and buses before moving on to new adventures.