I have had quite the adventure here in Bolivia although at times have been incredibly lonely and felt house bound.
It is dangerous in Bolivia particularly for foreigners and it is highly recommended (by every Bolivian I know) that I do not go out alone at night.
So mostly I have stayed in. I have worked a lot, cooked, read and practiced my Spanish on my computer – it would have been better to actually speak to people but I do what I can.
I have a couple of friends and have been out and had lots of fun but most nights I am in the apartment when I get home from golf.
I have been working for two months here in Bolivia to help underprivileged junior golfers keep a fairway under their feet and it is hard. Junior golf in Bolivia is more expensive than any other country I have travelled to, which doesn’t make sense to me.
I have decided to do something that hasn’t been done and while non traditional, we are going to take golf to the children so they can continue playing the sport they love.
I can’t do it alone so if you can help at all please give the gift of golf via our website.
I have been planning the next leg of my journey and this time next week I will be on the way to Ireland. I am looking forward to visiting the people I know, making new friends and of course the golf . I am in then in Scotland for a few weeks before I head home to Canada. I am incredibly lucky that I have friends who can host me in both countries.
By the time I get home I will have been on the road for 8 months and while I have loved being able to unpack my suitcase here in Bolivia, I am looking forward to summer on PEI and everything that goes along with it.
At times I have felt that what I am doing here in Bolivia is pointless and that I shouldn’t have come and yet Edwin yesterday told me I have made big changes to golf in Bolivia and that will continue when I am gone.
Yesterday, I interviewed two of our Bolivian juniors and asked them about their golf. Eight year old, Elias asked me if I could stay in Bolivia and told me he is going to be champion of the world and 15 year old Ale told me that I have opened doors for him and shown him that his pursuit of becoming a professional golfer is obtainable and that he is going to continue working hard to achieve exactly that.
Just giving these kids another direction is enough for me to consider my trip a success and I will continue monitoring their journeys when I am not in the country.
Then there are all the other children I have met here and spent most of my time with the last couple of months. While my language skills are not ideal (I hope when I return to Bolivia my Spanish is much improved) but I have had a lot of fun and laughs as we practice and learn together.
I will miss Bolivia – but not everything about the country.