My plane left Amsterdam around 1pm on its 12-hour journey to Lima, where I had to wait for more than four hours to take the next plane to Santa Cruz.
Around 8pm (Lima time) I met some of the study tour participants who happened to pass by my gate. It was a pity that they were not on the same flight that I was taking (together with Ulrich Leutbecher, web coordinator and my colleague at Oikocredit’s international office).
A two-and-a-half hour flight and three completed forms later I was waiting for my suitcase at the luggage belt. In the end, my suitcase never arrived. It had been left behind at one of the airports. Which airport? It wasn’t clear. In any case, I had yet another form to fill in !
The warm, humid air was a clear sign that I had arrived in eastern Bolivia, in the Amazon. It is very different to Bolivia’s capital La Paz. The temperature was 20 degrees, but the taxi driver informed me that it was a bit chilly for the time of year. I did not dare to disagree with him because when all is said and done, people’s experience of time, space and weather is highly subjective. It was after 3pm (9am in Amsterdam) by the time I arrived at the hotel. My 21-hour adventure was over - I had finally made it!