Last night we gathered at the restaurant El Olivo to celebrate the Fourth of July. As I noted in my last post, the food was not typical of the day, but one of the dishes did have hot dogs in it. Despite the unorthodox setting and menu, no one seemed particularly sorry to be here rather than in the US celebrating the Fourth in more conventional ways.
The students seem to be doing well adjusting to life in Cocha- bamba. For the most part, students are happy with their homestay assignments, speaking lots of Spanish (and in some cases, Quechua), and getting used to the Bolivian routine. After getting adjusted to Bolivian middle class life, our students will not confront urban poverty, as we head today to two of our field sites in barrios of Cochabamba's southern zone.