Monday, June 18, 2012

The Complete Bolivia Journal

Santa Cruz, Her People, and Mission of Hope

A young woman texts under a shop awning in the outer rings of the city.

Bob's Bolivia Journal [click to read].

Trying to find one photograph to represent Santa Cruz, I ultimately settled on the one above. It seems to capture the complex picture of a growing city that is, on the one hand, extremely poor; but seems equally determined to grow into a world metropolis. Riding on a muddy street in the outer rings of the city, we drove by this little brick shop with its simple awning. A well-dressed young woman stood under the awning, seeking shelter from the rain. She had her little keyboard slid open and was texting.

She seemed to embody the spirit of her city's aspirations.

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