No Snow Days Here
I loved snow days when I was a kid. Those unexpected vacation days that happened once a winter if we were lucky and several times if we were really lucky.
Well… there is no chance of a snow day in Cochabamba. (Unfortunately, we live too close to the equator for that.) But today we are experiencing a “Paro Day” – a day off because of protests. It’s not quite the same as a snow day – it’s too warm for snowmen – so I’m not sipping hot chocolate underneath a blanket, but it is nice to have the day off!
Prices for food and transportation have been rising lately and there is country-wide sugar shortage at the moment. Saturday, several public transportation unions raised their prices and today there are protests against the raise. (And against the rising food prices.) According to Cochabamba’s newspaper, roads have been blocked and marches are occurring in several Bolivian cities, including Quillacollo, which is 14 kilometers from where we live.
At home, I haven’t heard any protesting and the restaurant in our building was open for lunch as normal. There doesn’t seem to be much happening in Cochabamba. So, I’m enjoying my extra day at home. It may not be snow, but I’m not going to complain!
Please pray for Bolivia and the problems the country is working through. Several sectors of the economy are upset about prices (that are either too high or too low) and the sugar shortage has many upset and worried. Pray that in this time people would know God’s peace in their lives.