my dad has brain cancer. he was diagnosed in october with glioblastoma multiforme, a really aggressive tumor. this trip to bolivia is one he’s been looking forward to for months now – a goal to look forward to through chemo and radiation. and though it wasn’t the ideal trip by any means, i know he loved coming here as always and is already looking to the next trip. my parents left yesterday morning – after four days in the hospital and another four pretty much in a hotel room all the time, (he’s ok now – the altitude can hit anyone hard, especially those with lower immune systems and generally weakened bodies) they were happy to get home too.

as for me, i’m here a week longer. i’m looking forward to sleeping whole nights without waking every hour or so. and i’m looking forward to finally really exploring, like i’d been meaning to, the bolivia my parents love so much.

here, the view outside my window. i have lots more pictures, but they’re stuck in the camera, without a usb cord, grr. the view is outside the little house my parents built in achocalla, the casa chica that is made for two. .. in fact, i think my parents kinda furnished it with me in mind. tempting, tempting. but for now, just a visit in bolivia.

sorry for the abruptness of this post perhaps. but it’s something i’ve been wondering about sharing or not, etc. so.. my dad is still a private person, as i am in my own way, but this is something i just felt i had to place here, in my journal, online as it may be.

happy monday to you all ~ ~

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