“The Bolivian guides were convinced it was the blonde. It had to be the blonde. American Embassy officials in November had told three brothers who led guided hikes across Bolivia’s
majestic Cordillera Real mountain range that they would soon be hosting
an important American dignitary. When a group of teenagers and a small
band of American bodyguards showed up on Nov. 24, it wasn’t apparent to
the guides that it was the president’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, and
not a blond companion, who warranted the extraordinary security
was a blond girl and we assumed she was the important one,” Gregorio
Mamani, one of the guides, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
in recent days, after Bolivian journalists broke the story of Ms.
Obama’s trip to Bolivia and Peru late last year, did the guides realize
who had been in their care during a five-day trek. “She was very humble,
chatty, spoke Spanish very well,” Mr. Mamani said. “She was mesmerized
by the Bolivian landscape.”
Obama was afforded no special treatment during the arduous trek, and
performed chores, including cooking, along with her fellow travelers,
Mr. Mamani said.
Bolivian news media reported that Ms. Obama, 18, who delayed starting
at Harvard for a year, lived with a family in Tiquipaya, a tiny town in
Some white people are talking about how much they ditch class and how their parents don’t care anymore and I’m just here like if I did that my mother would literally murder me, I’m not testing that boundary
I decided to draw Denmark/Lithuania with the starry night theme! I love those pictures of the Bolivian salt flats at night, because it’s like the people are walking on stars. So imagine they took a trip there to stargaze.