The team from Canada left on Saturday, but our sadness over their departure was uplifted by the festivities of “Día de la Patria Bolivia” (Bolivia’s Independence Day – August 6th). In the afternoon I was able to head downtown to the Prado with Tia Andrea and a few of the girls. There were huge crowds of people, I have never seen the Prado so full, but the weather was nice and the girls were in good spirits.
We watched the parade for a while as groups of military personnel, government officials, school bands, and other important groups filed past. Afterward we stopped to get Popsicles from a local vendor and then took some photos with three life-sized creatures from the famous movie “Ice Age.” With the departure of Tia Jeanette and the Canada team, the day was bitter-sweet, but I’m glad that I got to experience another part of Bolivia’s culture at the parade with the girls. Below are a few pictures from the day.