there is a good-sized group here from bolivia. and this tells something about what they are willing to do to be at this event: their bus ride from bolivia to mendoza, argentina, was three days long! they left on monday, and arrived thursday. straight through. and they have to do the same thing on the way home.
one of the leaders told me something (though an interpreter) that surprised me and totally “cracked” me up (because very little latin humor is course). he said, referring to their long bus ride: “we have a saying in bolivia that when you take a long bus ride, you have to carry a pen behind your ear.” he waited to see if i understood — which i clearly didn’t. he continued: “it’s so you can draw a new butt-crack when you reach your destination.”
those crazy bolivians.