Thursday, October 6, 2016

Settling Into Camiri

We are really enjoying living in Camiri. It is a small town in comparison to Cochabamba, but we like that a lot! The people are more laid back and friendly, the drivers are less rude, but still Bolivian!, and the overall pace of life is just slower. The only thing I miss about Coch is our friends, of course, and the ease of shopping. Rudi and I are getting the hang of shopping here, but all of the markets are "open air" and much more "native" style! We are making a list of things to stock up on when we go to the big city of Santa Cruz... 
This blog is a peek into a typical day for us here! 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, if he doesn't forget, we get fresh cows milk delivered to our front door. We hear the loud "moo" that Domingo, our milk man's horn puts out, long before he gets to our door! The kids all run out to meet him and let him know how much milk we would like for that day. He also sells yogurt that his wife makes. It is really tasty, our favorite flavor is peach. By special order his wife will make it plain, which is my personal favorite. All of the yogurt here is very runny and is meant to be drunk more than eaten. 

Rudi with David and Peter getting milk from
our milk man, Domingo.
 You can see in the picture below that Domingo has two tanks of milk on either side of his motorcycle. In the middle in a box on the back he has his yogurts for sale and sometimes an extra milk jug. We usually order four liters at a time. He gives us two from one side and two from the other so his load doesn't get off balance!!!

Emily carrying in our 4 liters of milk!
And just to let you guys know that the orange gloved diaper bandit is still up to his diaper changing tricks, I took the picture below!
Clancy doing the dirty deed!!
Most afternoons, when we are not too busy,  Emily teaches a P.E. class and then a music class for our kids. I love watching them from the kitchen window. If you are wondering about the little house behind, that is also on our property. One of the rooms is Emily's and one is extra storage for us. The third on the right is storage for our landlord. To the far right is a covered area with a barbecue and outside sink area. The boys are using it as a workshop and the younger children use it as a shady place to play. It is also nice when it rains, because they can still be outside and work.
P.E. Time

Pushups Anyone?

And now for the music lesson!

Peter playing happily all by himself!

Clara and Adriana playing a game together

Paula and David making cookies!

Everyone playing with play dough that Clara made!

Clara with her play dough snail!
 We are thriving here in Camiri. Our children are so creative here and are loving the fresh air and sunshine. They are also loving having a big yard and a dog to play with. We are so blessed to be living in a new spot in Bolivia. It just feels right to be here and we are thankful!
Playing "Bus" with the wagon!

"Boys at Work"


  1. How far are you from Santa Cruz? Glad you are loving it there. I have a cousin headed to Riberalta next summer and I dream of going too but don't know about my chronic pain and that long of a trip.

    1. We are four hours from Santa Cruz, so we don't get there very often!

  2. This is so fun to see and read! Clara's play dough snail is darling. Love the "littles" doing their pushups! Rudi looks rather like a giant compared with the milkman. How nice that you get fresh milk and yogurt. :) Way to go, Emily Jo, teaching P.E. and music. I am glad you have a good sized yard. I see your Berkey is up and "running." It looks as if Cherry is one happy puppy with all those fun children to associate with! Missed seeing the madre de la familia in this blog! Thank you for taking the time to share. Hugs and lots of love to each of you, Mama/Grams