Lame title, I know, but I’m off to Bolivia tomorrow morning to visit Mr. Bookdwarf’s brother in La Paz. I’m not sure about our itinerary. I’m more worried about the altitude sickness (less worried about random diseases because the thorough nurse at the doctor’s office gave me 3 shots plus malaria medication). I also hope I get to pet some alpaca, like the cute ones below:
I’m bringing along plenty of good reading material: New England White by Stephen Carter, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee, and possibly Denis Johnson’s new book Tree of Smoke, if I can convince Mr. Bookdwarf to carry it. Wish me luck!
I definitely think you should bring home an alpaca.
I’m reading Tree of Smoke: it starts out entrancing, got exasperating in the middle, and now that it’s nearly done I don’t want it to end. So I say bring it.
Bon voyage! I don’t know if you’ll see this before you go, but I live at a high altitude, and there are a few things that can help you avoid altitude sickness:
1. TONS of water!
2. Avoid alcohol til you’re adjusted to the altitude.
3. Lots of vitamin C
4. Osha root (available as a tincture in natural food stores)
Hope this helps!