Today we slept in until 9 then went to ride the teleferico (I think I spelled it wrong in my last blog). It was fun and super cheap. Only about $1.80 total for at least an hour ride on the green and yellow lines. The yellow line goes all the way up to El Alto, the highest point in the city, and the green line goes to the south. At the end of the green line, there is an American-style mall so Judithe and I went there to look around and also had ice cream since the morning was so hot. The teleferico had stunning views all around!
As usual, we had lunch with our host mom. She is a great cook. She cooks a lot of traditional food for us and uses quinoa in many of her dishes. Today for lunch we had rice, lentils, chorizo (spicy sausage), and peppers. Delicious!! In Bolivia lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Breakfast and dinner are typically much lighter.
This afternoon, our Spanish teacher took us to La Valle de la Luna, The Valley of the Moon. It is about a 15 minute bus ride from our apartment. It was beautiful with all the different rock formations. We went on a 45 minute hike through the formations. I loved it!
Finally, tonight there was a HUGE procession on the street by our apartment for Good Friday, which I believe was coming from the Catholic church down the road. There were big floats with candles and flowers which were being carried by lots of men (each one looked very heavy). The floats depicted different aspects of Jesus’ death such as the cross and the grave, and also the Virgin Mary. In between each
float, there were many people marching carrying candles and burning incense, as well as a band playing. Very interesting!